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Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Italian Mid-Century Marble Dining Table
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A scarce marble table by Carlo Scarpa. Italian, circa 1980s. Beautiful veined marble with evidence of ammonites in the stone. A scarce design that is completely timeless. The arc...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble

Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Oval Dining Table in Grey Marble
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo Scarpa for Simon, oval dining table 'Argo', grey marble, Italy, 1970 Carlo Scarpa was trained as an architect and influenced by various themes. His main focus was the material...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble

  • Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Oval Dining Table in Grey Marble
  • Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Oval Dining Table in Grey Marble
  • Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Oval Dining Table in Grey Marble
  • Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Oval Dining Table in Grey Marble
H 28.75 in. W 78.75 in. D 47.25 in.
Carlo Scarpa "Argo" Oval Table for Simon, 1975
By Carlo Scarpa, Simon Furniture
Located in Lonigo, IT
Carlo Scarpa "Argo" oval table for Simon, 1975. Carlo Scarpa was trained as an architect and influenced by various themes. His main focus was the material itself followed by natur...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Tables

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Travertine

  • Carlo Scarpa "Argo" Oval Table for Simon, 1975
  • Carlo Scarpa "Argo" Oval Table for Simon, 1975
  • Carlo Scarpa "Argo" Oval Table for Simon, 1975
  • Carlo Scarpa "Argo" Oval Table for Simon, 1975
H 28.75 in. W 78.75 in. D 46.46 in.
Mid-Century Modern Carlo Scarpa Italian "Argo" Marquina Marble Table, 1970s
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Prato, IT
Carlo Scarpa dining or center "Argo" table in Marquina marble for Simon, 1970s This marble table is part of the 'Ultrarazionale' collection by Simon. In the base of the table is the...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble

Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Oval Table in Marquinia Black Marble
By Carlo Scarpa, Simon Furniture
Located in Naples, IT
Italian dining table in black Marquinia marble model Argo, designed by Italian artist Carlo Scarpa and produced by Simon, elliptical top resting on shaped and ribbed column section l...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Marble

Carlo Scarpa Italian Black Marble Dining Table Model Argo for Simon, 1970s
By Carlo Scarpa, Simon Furniture
Located in Modena, IT
Italian dining table in black Marquinia marble model Argo, designed by Italian artist Carlo Scarpa and produced by Simon, elliptical top resting on shaped and ribbed column section l...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble

Carlo Scarpa Biography and Important Works

Carlo Scarpa is known as a virtuoso of light, a master of detail and a connoisseur of materials. He is most well-known for his architectural projects, counting 58 in total. Most famous are the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona, the Olivetti showroom in Venice and the Brion Tomb in San Vito d’Altivole. Scarpa's lush use of decorative aspects and crafted details are still unrivaled. His designs show clear traits of Scarpa’s aesthetic language that holds the middle between Japanese minimalism and organic forms of nature.

Finding the Right Dining Room Tables for You

Modern furniture design borrows significantly from the trends of yore, and this is especially apparent in dining room tables. Ancient Egyptians made practical use of the earliest four-legged tables of wood and rock — their models bear striking similarity to our own — while common large medieval dining room tables in England were made of oak or elm. Romans and Greeks, renowned for big banquets that involved entertainment as well as good food, used early dining room tables made of marble or wood and metals such as bronze for meals. 

On 1stDibs, find a range of dining room tables that offers no shortage of options to accommodate modest interiors, midsize family homes and even lavish banquets (entertainment not included).

Beginning in the mid-19th century, more American homes featured dining rooms, where families could gather specifically for a meal together. In the States, upper-class families were the first to enjoy dining room tables, which were the centerpiece of the dining room

Dining room tables of the Victorian era were created in a range of revivalist styles inspired by neoclassical, Renaissance, Gothic and other traditions. Furnishings of the period were made of various woods, including oak, rosewood and mahogany, and referenced a variety of decorative arts and architectural motifs. Some dining room tables finished in the Rococo style feature gorgeous inlaid marble tabletops or other ornamental flourishes handcrafted by Parisian furniture makers of the 18th century.

In many modern spaces, there often isn’t a dining room separate from the kitchen — instead, they frequently share real estate in a single area. Mid-century modern dining room tables, specifically created by designers such as Osvaldo Borsani, Edward Wormley and Alvar Aalto, are typically clean and uncomplicated designs for a dining area that’s adjacent to where the cooking is done. Furniture of this era hasn’t lost its allure for those who opt for a casual, contemporary and, yes, coveted aesthetic.

If you’re of the modern mindset that making and sharing meals should be one in the same — and perhaps large antique dining tables don’t mesh well with your style — consider a popular alternative. Working with a tighter space may mean that a round or oval dining room table, a design that references the festive meals of the medieval era, may be a better fit. Round dining room tables, particularly those that originated in the Art Deco period, still endure as a popular contemporary substitute for traditional rectangular dining tables. Giovanni Offredi’s Paracarro table for Saporiti Italia is a striking round table option that showcases the magnificent Italian industrial design of the 1970s.

No matter your style of choice, a shared meal is one of life’s true rewards. Why not treat your family and friends to a luxurious dining experience? Browse our top picks to find the perfect dining room table for this important occasion.