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Italian Wooden Coffee Table in Style of Paolo Buffa, Crystal Glass Top, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This coffee table in the manner of Paolo Buffa is from the Italian 1950s. It is designed with simplicity but appears elegant with walnut and maple and a crystal glass top.    
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal

Midcentury Wenge Coffee Table with Glass Top by Kho Liang Ie for Artifort
By Kho Liang Ie
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This coffee table made of wenge wood with a glass top was designed by Kho Liang Ie, a Dutch-Indonesian talent best known for his design of the Schiphol Amsterdam Airport branding. H...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wenge

Round Chrome Sputnik Atomic Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful Sputnik coffee table with six chrome balls on one-tier. Excellent condition. Clear glass top.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

French Symmetrical Gold Metal Bamboo Side Table with Dark Glass Top
By Maison Baguès
Located in Den Haag, NL
French symmetrical gold metal bamboo side table with dark glass top.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Forest Wilson Mid Century Glass Top Coffee Table
By Forest Wilson
Located in La Grange, IL
Forest Wilson mid century glass top coffee table Table measures: 53 wide x 24 deep x 14.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern propeller shaped metal base and a thick round glass top is sure to make an impression in any modern interior. An elegant design that boasts a tripod base w...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Industrial Style Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Industrial style steel based coffee table with a smoked glass top.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
H 19.69 in. W 48.43 in. D 16.93 in.
Mid-Century Modern Lucite Coffee Table with a Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern coffee table features an unusually shaped Lucite base and a thick rectangular glass top. The unique curves of the Lucite offer sturdiness without sacrifi...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Biomorphic Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern biomorphic coffee table with glass top.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood, Oak

Unique Round Mid-Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This fabulous vintage modern cocktail table features an unusual sculpted base made of epoxy resin and a round thick glass top. A uniquely designed base with a circular shape provides...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Epoxy Resin

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Style Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a very unique Mid-Century Modern coffee table. It has a wooden or aluminum base with a glass top. The table is in great condition, shows minor age wear. It is not marked. ...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table Having Glass Top
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Italian Mid-Century Modern coffee table having glass top supported on ebonized and bronze "c" and circle form legs. Raised on bookmatched stepped plinth base.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Neoclassical style Italian coffee table with brass base and glass top. Some scratches on glass and faded gilt paint on base.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Glass-Top Coffee Table
By Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice mid century modern glass top chrome base coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Base Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Baltimore, MD
An elegant, stylish midcentury rectangular rounded corners glass top, with Lucite base coffee table. Features a unique two piece “V” shaped Lucite base supporting 1/2? thick glass re...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Free Form Swivel Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern coffee table features two free-form glass tops that swivel. Sleek design allows the width of the top to go from 34 inches wide to 63.25 inches wide. This...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Coffee Table with Square Glass Top
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Lucite Coffee Table with Square Glass Top Offered for sale is a glass topped coffee table with a thick curved Lucite base. The intersecting base has a whimsical f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Geometric Walnut Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern geometric walnut coffee table with glass top.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Base and Glass-Top Coffee Table
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice mid century modern lucite and glass coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Rectangle Glass Top Bent Lucite Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
By Neal Small Design Studio
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Sharp Mid-Century Modern bent Lucite glass top coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Chrome & Glass Top 4-Arm Pedestal Coffee Table
Located in Baltimore, MD
Unique chromed steel cocktail table with glass top, circa 1970s. Four curved arms extend from the top of a central square pedestal supported by a flat 12" square base. The newer temp...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Pace Octagonal Mid-Century Modern Glass & Brass Coffee Table Heavy Glass Top
By Pace Collection
Located in Miami, FL
Original Pace Collection Mid-Century Modern large elegant and very heavy cocktail table in brass & glass panels with a thick glass top. Measurement of the base: 22 inches in diameter.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Swirl and Glass Top Cocktail Coffee Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning midcentury cocktail table with heavy, thick glass top and sculptural Lucite base. Great scale and better lines. Now more than ever, home is where the heart is.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Unique Mid-Century Modern Rustic Driftwood Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique sculptural coffee table combines a free-form modern design with wonderful rustic driftwood. An unusual design with intricate detail and a thick kidney shaped glass top. T...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Faux Bamboo Cast Iron Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-Century Modern faux bamboo cast iron glass top coffee table.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Brass Glass Top Rounded Square Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern rounded corners brass lucite and glass coffee table.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Bronze Base Glass Top Mid-Century Modern Square Coffee Table
By Roger Sprunger, Tobia Scarpa
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Glass top square brass of bronze Mid-Century Modern coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Chrome X-Frame Glass Top Hollywood Regency Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Wonderful vintage coffee table with polished chrome frame and double X-forms under the inset glass top. This table features polished seamless joints throughout for a more clean overa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Base Square Thick Glass Top Coffee Table
By Poul Kjærholm, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern chrome base square glass top coffee table with thick 3/4" glass.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Square Rosewood Geometrical Base Glass Top Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Harvey Probber
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern solid rosewood bar base coffee table.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Rosewood

Gold Colored Mid-Century Modern coffee table with smoked Glass top
Located in Berlin, DE
Gold Colored Mid-Century Modern coffee table with smoked Glass top The table's base is made of gold colored metal, the top is made of smoked glass. The base is in very good condition.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Top Quality Made Mid-Century Modern Bronze Coffee Table with Smoked Glass Top
By Bielefelder Werkstätten
Located in Lisse, NL
Practical size and very stylish square coffee table, 1970s. This superb quality coffee, sofa or end table is a real eyecatcher. Thanks to its impressive, geometrical design combin...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Mid Century Modern Chrome X Base Thick Round Glass Top Coffee Table
By Bauhaus, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice thick 48" diameter glass top coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Stainless Chrome X-Base Coffee Table with Glass Top
By Milo Baughman, Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice mid century modern glass top X base rectangular coffee table. The frame is polished stainless steel.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Square Glass-Top Coffee Table on Atomic Legs
By Harry Bertoia, Memphis Group
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern coffee table. Steel structure with steel mesh shelf.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Hollywood Regency Mid Century Modern Gilt Iron Glass Top Coffee Table
By Maison Ramsay
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid century modern coffee table with a thick square glass top with cut corners on a gilt wrought iron base with cabriole legs. A chic take on Louis XV style, this table has beautiful...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Brass-Plated Coffee Table with Bevelled Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This midcentury coffee table features a unique design with a beautiful brass plated finish and bevelled glass top which offer a sleek modern flare to any home or office space. Pleas...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Round walnut Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Bentwood Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Round Mid-Century Modern sculptural bentwood glass top coffee table. Bentwood, walnut. Italy, 1960. Diameter: 43 inch (110cm). Height: 16 inch (41cm).  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rosewood, Wood

Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Round Glass Top Lucite & Chrome Base Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful Mid-Century Modern round glass top Lucite & chrome base coffee table Measurements: 16-1/4'' H x 38'' D Glass is replaceable if you wish to have a different width.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Iron Coffee Table with Glass Top, Italy, 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Unique large round coffe table with sculptural lacquered iron base and round glass top.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern, Organic Kidney Shape, Elevated Glass-Top Coffee Table
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice vintage kidney shape black lacquer elevated glass top coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Around Walnut Spider Base Coffee Table w/ White Glass Top
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Stunning Mid-Century Modern white Vitrolite glass top walnut base spider round coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Milk Glass, Walnut

Elegant Mid-Century Modern Brass Base Coffee Table with a Sculpted Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning vintage modern coffee table with a textured brass base and an unusually shaped glass top. The heavy base with splayed legs and the thick sculpted glass top shows quality c...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Tubular Chrome Column Base Coffee Table, Round Glass Top
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Awesome Mid-Century Modern period piece. Chromed tubular base with a round 36 inch diameter glass top. The glass is a substantial .75 inches thick.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Chrome Base and Square Glass-Top, Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
By Florence Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice chrome base mid century modern square coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Butterfly Base Glass Top Coffee Table Baughman Style
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage chrome butterfly base glass top coffee table in the Milo Baughman style. Item features 1.75" thick glass top, shapely chrome "butterfly" base, sleek sculptural form, great mo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Brass, Spiraled Wood and Glass Top Coffee Cocktail Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Iconic Mid-Century Modern brass, glass and barley twist wood cocktail table with scalloped edges. The top is removable for ease of movement. Great scale and better lines. Now, more t...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

X Base Rectangular Mid Century Modern Gilt Faux Bamboo Glass Top Coffee Table
By Anne Jansen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Long rectangle faux bamboo coffee table with heavy 3/4" thick glass top. In style of Maison Bagues In style of Maison Bagues
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Gilt Metal

French Mid-Century Modern Painted Terracotta Coffee Table with Glass Top, 1970s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning French Mid-Century Modern painted terracotta coffee table with glass top, 1970s. Striking organic design with nice colors. Marked in the base. In good original condition ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Terracotta

Faux Bamboo Brass X Base Square Glass Top Coffee Table Mid Century Modern
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice vintage faux bamboo side coffee table. In style of Maison Bagues
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Round Gold Table Coffee Glass Top Italian Mid-Century Modern Design, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round gold table coffee glass top Italian Mid-Century Modern design, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
By G Plan Furniture
Located in Manchester, GB
A mid-20th century teak G-Plan coffee table with smoked glass top and lower stage rack. Measures: Overall 71cm/28" wide x 78cm/30.75" deep x 41cm/16.25" high. Some minor scratc...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood, Teak

  • Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
  • Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
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  • Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
H 16.15 in. W 30.71 in. D 27.96 in.
Mid-Century Modern Tri-Symmetric Organic Coffee Table in Mahogany with Glass Top
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Dallas, TX
Tri-symmetric shaped coffee table, circa 1953. Solid mahogany with original glass top. In the manner of Vladimir Kagan with cleaner joinery.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail T...

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Mahogany, Glass

Chrome Base and Glass Top Mid-Century Coffee Table
Located in Norwalk, CT
Heavy chrome base with 3/4 inch glass top coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Italian Chrome Side or Coffee Table with Smoked Glass Top
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian chrome and smoked glass coffee or sofa table, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Coffee Table Glass Fumè Top Mario Bellini for Cassina
By Mario Bellini
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1960s chrome coffee table with fumè glass, Mario Bellini designer, Cassina manufacturer. Measures cm: H 34, W 75, D 75.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Brass Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee Table with a Smoked Glass Top, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
This coffee table features a brass-plated base with four plastic sabots and a smoked glass top, designed 1970s. This coffee table appears very light and elegant. The condition is ve...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Late Mid-Century Modern 1970s Stainless Steel Round Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning round glass topped coffee table. Heavy glass top on this wonderful modernist table.
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Glass Top Cocktail Coffee Table by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wayne, NJ
Mid-Century Modern sculpted cocktail coffee table by Adrian Pearsall. We believe the model number is 891-TGR. We believe the 1/4" glass top may have been replaced at some point. It h...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

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Midcentury Modern Glass Top Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury modern glass top coffee table you’re looking for. Each midcentury modern glass top coffee table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, metal and wood. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury modern glass top coffee table, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A midcentury modern glass top coffee table made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. A well-made midcentury modern glass top coffee table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by G-Plan, Cesare Lacca and Anonima Castelli are consistently popular.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Glass Top Coffee Table?

A midcentury modern glass top coffee table can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,847, while the lowest priced sells for $398 and the highest can go for as much as $10,505.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Coffee and Cocktail Tables for You

As a practical centerpiece to your living area, antique and vintage coffee and cocktail tables are an invaluable addition to any interior.

Low tables that were initially used as tea or coffee tables have been around since at least the mid- to late-1800s. Early coffee tables surfaced in Victorian-era England, likely influenced by the use of tea tables in Japanese tea gardens. In the United States, furniture makers worked to introduce low, long tables into their offerings as the popularity of coffee and “coffee breaks” took hold during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

It didn’t take long for coffee and cocktail tables to become a design staple and for consumers to recognize their role in entertaining no matter what beverages were being served. Originally, these tables were as simple as they are practical — as high as your sofa and made primarily of wood. In recent years, however, metal, glass and plastics have become popular in coffee and cocktail tables, and design hasn’t been restricted to the conventional low profile, either.

Visionary craftspeople such as Paul Evans introduced bold, geometric designs that challenge the traditional idea of what a coffee table can be. The elongated rectangles and wide boxy forms of Evans’s desirable Cityscape coffee table, for example, will meet your needs but undoubtedly prove imposing in your living space.

If you’re shopping for an older coffee table to bring into your home — be it an antique Georgian-style coffee table made of mahogany or walnut with decorative inlays or a classic square mid-century modern piece comprised of rosewood designed by the likes of Ettore Sottsass — there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Both the table itself and what you put on it should align with the overall design of the room, not just by what you think looks fashionable in isolation. According to interior designer Tamara Eaton, the material of your vintage coffee table is something you need to consider. “With a glass coffee table, you also have to think about the surface underneath, like the rug or floor,” she says. “With wood and stone tables, you think about what’s on top.”

Find the perfect centerpiece for any room, no matter what your personal style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee and cocktail tables today.