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70s Lucite Coffee Table

Fantastically Simple Frosted Lucite Wave Coffee Table Mid-century Modern
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous thick frosted lucite simplistic wave coffee table. Angled beveled glass sits on top of a
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite, Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Lucite and Lacquer Coffee Table, 1970s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
This coffee table has an ivory lacquered wooden top with a marble effect motif and feet in lucite
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Lucite, Glass and Chrome Coffee Table by Alessandro Albrizzi, 1970s
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in Echt, NL
Stunning coffee table by Alessandro Albrizzi in very good condition. The table has a square glass
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Chrome

1970s Hollywood Regency Lucite Tusk & Brass Ball Springer Style Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in St. Louis, MO
70s Hollywood Regency coffee table with thick Lucite tusks connected to large brass balls with
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Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Two-Tier Brass Coffee Table Lucite Signed by Charles Hollis Jones
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Metric line two-tier lucite coffee table with brass finish frame signed by Charles Hollis Jones
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee a...

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Brass

Vintage Methacrylate or Lucite and Brass Side Table, 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage methacrylate or lucite and brass side table, 70s. This side table is made of Methacrylate
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Acrylic, Lucite

Glass Top Table
Located in New York, NY
lucite legs.
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

  • Glass Top Table
  • Glass Top Table
  • Glass Top Table
  • Glass Top Table
H 17 in W 36 in D 36 in
Italian 1960s Coffee Table In Plexiglass And Brass Romeo Rega Style
By Romeo Rega
Located in Firenze, FI
Particular and interesting plexiglass coffee table. The sturdy cube-shaped structure is made of
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Rare Table Bar by Massimo Papiri for Mario Sabot, Italy 1970s
By Mario Sabot, Massimo Papiri
Located in Echt, NL
coffee table is a magnificent demonstration of the know-how of the 70s. The materials used are of high
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20th Century Italian Space Age Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury Willy Rizzo Pink Lucite and Brass Italian Serving Tray, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
office into a living space, complete with brown and gold walls and custom-designed sofas, coffee tables
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Brass

Willy Rizzo Midcentury Pink Lucite and Brass Italian Square Serving Tray, 1970s
By Christian Dior, Willy Rizzo
Located in Roma, IT
, coffee tables, consoles and hi-fi storage units. Using a small group of local artisans recommended by
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

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Brass

Vintage Italian Desk or Coffee Table Set in Plexiglass and Brass
Located in Prato, Tuscany
or coffee table set made of plexiglass and brass; the set is composed by a square ashtray with brass
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Brass

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c.1972 C&B Italia Firberglass Amanta Coffee Table by Mario Bellini
By Mario Bellini, B&B Italia, C&B Italia
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Very early Organic Modern table by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia (before B&B Italia) dating to 1971-1973. Constructed of molded fiberglass, not plastic like modern reproductions. Pro...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Organic Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Fiberglass

Alessandro Albrizzi Table Base in Brass & Lucite, Italy 1970's
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in New York, NY
Alessandro Albrizzi table base in lucite and patinated brass. It can be used with a variety of tops from wood to stone and in any shape.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Brass

Three Globe And Chrome Table Lamp Space Age Style
Located in Toronto, ON
Space age style chrome table lamp with three globes. It was made in the 1970s. The base is chrome and the three globes are finished in milk glass. It’s three tiered in varying height...
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Vintage 1970s American Space Age Table Lamps

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Chrome

Live Edge Redwood Coffee Table
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
Live edge redwood coffee table, American, circa 1950s. This coffee table features a beautiful freeform live edge top, supported by sculptural branch bases. It would go well with the ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Live Edge Redwood Coffee Table
  • Live Edge Redwood Coffee Table
  • Live Edge Redwood Coffee Table
  • Live Edge Redwood Coffee Table
H 15.5 in W 52 in D 48 in
Serving Tray in Bronzed Lucite and Brass by Charles Hollis Jones
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Lucite and nickel serving tray designed and manufactured by Charles Hollis Jones. The tray is part of the ball collection that was originally created for Lucille ball and th...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

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Brass

Vibrant Red Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table with Mother-of-Pearl Veneer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Step into the vibrant world of mid-century design with our stunning red coffee table, a piece that exudes style and history. Expertly restored by our seasoned craftsmen, this table i...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Paint, Lacquer, Walnut, Wood, Mother-of-Pearl

Futuristic Giotto Stoppino Space Age Coffee Table for Kartell, 1960s
By Kartell, Giotto Stoppino
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Iconic coffe table model 4905/6/7 designed by Giotto Stoppino in 1968, winner of the renowned Compasso D’Oro award in 1970s. This space age round coffee table, envisioned by the inf...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Space Age Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Plastic

Laqué Rouge Coffee Table in Red Lacquered Steel
Located in Paris, FR
Coffee table Laqué Rouge in steel, French manufacture, red lacquered, custom made available. Available in dark finish or other colors, on request. Available in: L100xD100xH35cm, pric...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

  • Laqué Rouge Coffee Table in Red Lacquered Steel
  • Laqué Rouge Coffee Table in Red Lacquered Steel
  • Laqué Rouge Coffee Table in Red Lacquered Steel
  • Laqué Rouge Coffee Table in Red Lacquered Steel
H 13.78 in W 59.06 in D 39.38 in
Rouge Marble and Chrome Coffee Table by Michael McCarthy for Cassina
By Cassina
Located in Greensboro, NC
Gorgeous Rouge Marble and Chrome Coffee Table by Michael Mccarthy for Cassina. Marble retains it's original label from the stone supplier, a charming detail on this very hefty piece ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Chrome

Vintage Chrome Tubular Mid Century Modern Space Age Oval Glass Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chrome Tubular Mid Century Modern Space Age Oval Glass Coffee Table. Item features Space age chrome metal base, oval glass top, great style and form. Circa 1970s. Measurement...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Formica Red Side Coffee Table 1960s Mid Century
By Milo Baughman
Located in London, GB
A slightly rectangular/near square side table with eye-catching coral red colour made from formica wood. This simple yet gorgeous piece has been created in the United States by Milo ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Formica, Wood

Ocean Coffee Table by Ekin Varon
Located in Geneve, CH
Ocean Coffee Table by Ekin Varon Dimensions: D 85 x W 160 x H 38 cm. Materials: Solid oak, oak veneer and wood with a high gloss patterned lacquer finish. Dimensions and materials ...
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2010s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Oak

  • Ocean Coffee Table by Ekin Varon
  • Ocean Coffee Table by Ekin Varon
  • Ocean Coffee Table by Ekin Varon
  • Ocean Coffee Table by Ekin Varon
H 14.97 in W 63 in D 33.47 in
Large Rectangular Red Single Form Coffee Table in Aluminium - Customisable
By Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn
Located in Leicester, GB
The large Single Form coffee table is an elemental design with a focus on form and function. Made in powder-coated aluminium, the Single Form coffee table looks heavy and solid but i...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Minimalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Coffee Table, Oak Top, Handmade Textured Lacquered Wood Base, Ocean
Located in Maçka-İstanbul, 34
Ocean, a coffee table inspired by the ever-changing beauty of ocean waves. Its fluid, amorphous shape captures a sense of organic beauty, making it a simple yet captivating statement...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak, Lacquer

Mid-Century Modern Italian Surfboard Coffee Table, 1970s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Particular coffee table from the 70s, top in mahogany veneer and metal base, the shape is reminiscent of a surfboard.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

1970s Ceramic Tile Coffee Table by Antonio Denisco.
By Denisco
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1970s Ceramic Tile Coffee Table by Antonio Denisco. Coffee table in ceramic tiles from the 1970s, model Space Age by Antonio Denisco (1924-2008), a small restoration is needed, smal...
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20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

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Mid Century Modern Lucite / Alum. / Glass Rectangular Coffee Table
Located in Miami, FL
alternating lucite rods and plated alum. rods , with lucite stretcher and glass top . Dims are to
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Mid-20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid Century Italian Lucite Glass and Metal Side Table or Night Stand
Located in Firenze, Toscana
Pair of mid century Italian side tables with three sides in lucite, one side open with a glass
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Lucite

Mid Century Italian Lucite Glass and Metal Side Table or Night Stand
Located in Firenze, Toscana
Pair of Mid Century Italian side tables with three sides in lucite, one side open with a glass
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Vintage 1970s Side Tables

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Lucite

Pristine 70's Lucite Coffee Table
Located in North Miami, FL
Sublimely simple and well-executed lucite coffee table with bevelled edges and bevelled glass top
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite, Glass

  • Pristine 70's Lucite Coffee Table
  • Pristine 70's Lucite Coffee Table
  • Pristine 70's Lucite Coffee Table
  • Pristine 70's Lucite Coffee Table
H 16.5 in W 34 in D 30 in
70's Lucite and Horn Coffee Table
Located in North Miami, FL
Four large steer horns mounted to lucite form the base of this richly detailed glass-topped coffee
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Horn, Lucite, Glass

Incredible 70's French Lucite, Brass & Glass Square Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Spectacular vintage French square lucite, brass and glass two tiered coffee or cocktail table. With
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Vintage 1970s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

French Brass and Lucite Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
An octagonal shaped Lucite coffee table with brass supports.
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Late 20th Century French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

  • French Brass and Lucite Coffee Table
  • French Brass and Lucite Coffee Table
  • French Brass and Lucite Coffee Table
  • French Brass and Lucite Coffee Table
H 15.75 in W 31.89 in D 31.89 in
Cypress Coffee Table On Lucite Legs
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An incredible looking Cypress wood coffee table sitting on four Lucite tube legs and having a
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

Lucite Kidney Shaped Coffee Table by Pace Collection
By Pace Collection
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Lucite coffee table with kidney shaped half inch thick glass top. Legs are made of 4" diameter
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Albrizzi glass, lucite, brass coffee/ cocktail table
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This coffee table was purchased in Italy in the early 70's,by the original owner, there are
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Gorgeous Milo Baughman Rosewood and Lucite Coffee Table Mid-century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Milo Baughman rosewood and lucite coffee table. The top has amazing graining and has a
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rosewood, Lucite

Vintage French Lucite, Brass and Glass Two Tier Coffee or Cocktail Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage French Lucite or acrylic, brass and glass two tiered coffee or cocktail table. With an
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20th Century French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

1970s Brass & Lucite Coffee Table Signed by Charles Hollis Jones
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Elegant coffee table by Charles Hollis Jones in Lucite and brass-plated rounded corners stamped by
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Pair of 70's Lucite Tables
Located in North Miami, FL
Half-inch thick, bevelled glass tops these cross-legged lucite beauties from the 70's. We love them
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Vintage 1970s American End Tables

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Lucite, Glass

  • Pair of 70's Lucite Tables
  • Pair of 70's Lucite Tables
  • Pair of 70's Lucite Tables
  • Pair of 70's Lucite Tables
H 15.5 in W 18 in D 18 in
1970's Vintage Brass & Glass Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A stunning and very decorative vintage coffee table. This was made in Spain, it dates from the 1970
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Romeo Rega Style Italian Coffee Table in Plexiglass and Brass
By Romeo Rega
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Particular and interesting plexiglass coffee table; the sturdy cube-shaped structure is made of
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

'70s Modern Lucite Waterfall Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in New York, NY
A '70s Modern Lucite and glass mirror 'waterfall' coffee table in the style of designer Charles
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror, Lucite

Elegant Lucite And Glass Coffee Table
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Elegant lucite and gold plated coffee table with beveled glass top.
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite, Glass

  • Elegant Lucite And Glass Coffee Table
  • Elegant Lucite And Glass Coffee Table
  • Elegant Lucite And Glass Coffee Table
  • Elegant Lucite And Glass Coffee Table
H 18 in W 52.5 in D 33 in
Square coffee table in brass and Lucite smoked glass Karl Springer style 70s
By Karl Springer
Located in PARIS, FR
Square coffee table in brass and Lucite smoked glass Karl Springer style. . From 1970s
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Mid-20th Century North American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Hollywood Regency Kagan Style Lucite Snail Coffee Table, Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Thick lucite snail coffee table with custom glass. Done in the style of Vladimir Kagan
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Chic Whimsical 70, S Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Miami, FL
A BEAUTIFUL SCULPTURAL LUCITE COFEE TABLE FROM THE 1970,s . THIS PIECE IS IN ALL ORIGINAL
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite, Glass

Lucite / acrylic coffee table glass 70´s design
Located in 0, Cuauhtemoc
Rectangular coffee table, lucite & glass
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Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

1960s THICK LUCITE COFFEE TABLE
Located in Miami, FL
THICK CLEAR LUCITE CONSTRUCTION WITH CLEAR GLASS TOP.TOP MEASURES 50" X 50"
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Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite, Glass

Versatile French 70's Table
Located in New York, NY
This unusual French table may be used either as a coffee table or placed in an upright position to
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Vintage 1970s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

  • Versatile French 70's Table
  • Versatile French 70's Table
  • Versatile French 70's Table
  • Versatile French 70's Table
H 29.75 in W 14 in
Lucite Sculptural Helix Twisted Mid Century Coffee Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
Terrific Lucite Twisted "Helix" Coffee Table. This interesting piece is comprised of thick clear
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

Waterfall Lucite Coffe Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic 70's lucite table. Minimal scratching. 1 1/4 inch lucite.
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

  • Waterfall Lucite Coffe Table
  • Waterfall Lucite Coffe Table
  • Waterfall Lucite Coffe Table
  • Waterfall Lucite Coffe Table
H 19 in W 49 in D 18 in
Lucite Coffee Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lucite Coffee Table signed and dated VJJ 1977. Matching large end table also available.
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20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

  • Lucite Coffee Table
  • Lucite Coffee Table
  • Lucite Coffee Table
  • Lucite Coffee Table
H 16 in W 40 in D 40 in
White lacquer Coffee Table w/ Lucite Feet
Located in Southampton, NY
1970's coffee table with new white lacquer finish.
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American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Octagonal Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Southfield, MI
Superb original condition octagonal coffee or cocktail table done in lucite/acrylic and dating to
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Large 1970s Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Hudson, NY
A handsome large scale lucite and glass coffee table from the 70's
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

Vintage Modern Lucite Base Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful Lucite table is straight from he 70's, very architectural and unique, the base is
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite, Glass

mid century modern lucite and rosewood coffee table
Located in Canaan, CT
a great find from the 70's. change up the glass if you like to an oval shape or surfboard shape
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite, Rosewood

Massive Signed Pierre Cardin Acrylic Coffee Table
Located in Southfield, MI
Monumental scale and super sleek coffee table by Pierre Cardin and dating to the mid-late 70's
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Vintage 1970s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

HOLLYWOOD REGENCY JAMES MONT STYLE TABLE
Located in Miami, FL
EBONIZED WOOD PLATFORM.SCULPTURAL LIONS IN A GREENSISH SILVER FINISH AND CLEAR LUCITE
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Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Sculptural Lucite Mid Century Twisted Helix Occasional Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Atlanta, GA
Great Sculptural Lucite Mid Century Twisted Helix Occasional Table. Can be used with a large piece
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Vintage 1970s American Side Tables

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Lucite

Sculptural Lucite Mid Century Dining / Console Table
By Lion in Frost
Located in Atlanta, GA
Exceptional Sculptural Mid Century Large Lucite Dining table. Can also be used as a console or
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Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables

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Lucite

Brass & Lucite Sculptural Puzzle Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Terrific Sculptural Brass & Lucite Puzzle Coffee Table. Comprised of 4 corners which can be
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

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70s Lucite Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the 70s lucite coffee table you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A 70s lucite coffee table — often made from plastic, lucite and metal — can elevate any home. Your living room may not be complete without a 70s lucite coffee table — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right 70s lucite coffee table, those designed in mid-century modern, Hollywood Regency and Art Deco styles are of considerable interest. A well-made 70s lucite coffee table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Charles Hollis Jones, Alessandro Albrizzi and Mario Sabot are consistently popular.

How Much is a 70s Lucite Coffee Table?

Prices for a 70s lucite coffee table start at $346 and top out at $18,287 with the average selling for $2,171.

Materials: plastic Furniture

Arguably the world’s most ubiquitous man-made material, plastic has impacted nearly every industry. In contemporary spaces, new and vintage plastic furniture is quite popular and its use pairs well with a range of design styles.

From the Italian lighting artisans at Fontana Arte to venturesome Scandinavian modernists such as Verner Panton, who created groundbreaking interiors as much as he did seating — see his revolutionary Panton chair — to contemporary multidisciplinary artists like Faye Toogood, furniture designers have been pushing the boundaries of plastic forever.

When The Graduate's Mr. McGuire proclaimed, “There’s a great future in plastics,” it was more than a laugh line. The iconic quote is an allusion both to society’s reliance on and its love affair with plastic. Before the material became an integral part of our lives — used in everything from clothing to storage to beauty and beyond — people relied on earthly elements for manufacturing, a process as time-consuming as it was costly.

Soon after American inventor John Wesley Hyatt created celluloid, which could mimic luxury products like tortoiseshell and ivory, production hit fever pitch, and the floodgates opened for others to explore plastic’s full potential. The material altered the history of design — mid-century modern legends Charles and Ray Eames, Joe Colombo and Eero Saarinen regularly experimented with plastics in the development of tables and chairs, and today plastic furnishings and decorative objects are seen as often indoors as they are outside.

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Finding the Right coffee-tables-cocktail-tables for You

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

Low tables that were initially used as tea tables 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 tables 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 tables 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 furniture style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee table and cocktail tables today.