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Mid Century Lucite and Glass Square Coffee Table
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid Century Lucite and glass square coffee table. This table measures: 40 wide x 40 deep x 17
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern coffee table boasts a large rectangular glass top with a light tint of
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Acrylic, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
H 15.75 in W 35.75 in D 59.75 in
Mid-Century Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Mid-Century Modern coffee table combines brass and lucite for a unique and interesting base
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Lucite Coffee Table
Mid-Century Lucite Coffee Table
H 17 in W 54 in D 26 in
Shlomi Hazizi Mid Century Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
By Shlomi Haziza
Located in Countryside, IL
Shlomi Hazizi Mid Century Lucite and Glass Coffee Table This coffee table measures: 54 wide x 20
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Glass and Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A curving lucite base and thick glass top make this vintage coffee table unique and stylish. Please
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Mid-20th Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Glass and Lucite Coffee Table
Glass and Lucite Coffee Table
H 16 in W 49 in D 36 in
Vintage Mid Century Sculptural Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Doylestown, PA
Fabulous vintage glass coffee table with a beveled lucite geometric design base. The unique lucite
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Rectangular Lucite, Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Buchanan, NY
A handsome French coffee table from the 1980s, featuring a lucite and chrome frame that exudes
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Glass and Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique two tiered glass table features an oval design and ornate Lucite base. White stripped
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Glass and Lucite Coffee Table
Glass and Lucite Coffee Table
H 16 in W 35 in D 23 in
Mid-Century Modern Scrolling Lucite and Glass Hollywood Regency Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern glass top scrolling Lucite coffee table. Item features a scrolling
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Sculpted Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
By Lion in Frost
Located in Miami, FL
A very good quality sculptural Lucite and Glass Coffee Table in the manner of Lion in the Frost
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid Century Lucite Cocktail Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Sexy, sculptural, and glamorous cocktail tale with thick, curved, Lucite and brass frame and 1/2
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Coffee Table in Lucite and Chrome
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage modern coffee table features a stylish amorphous glass top with jacks-like Lucite base
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Lucite Ribbon Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century Modern lucite ribbon coffee table . Sexy sculptural base that arches up and down in a
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Lucite Mid-Century Modern Italian Coffee Table
Located in San Angelo, TX
Here is a really unique imported Italian Lucite and glass Mid-Century Modern coffee table. The
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20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer Les Prismatiques Mid Century Lucite Glass Coffee Cocktail Table
By Les Prismatiques, Karl Springer
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Mid Century Modern, Karl Springer Style "Les Prismatiques" 4 Pedestal Lucite With Thick
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Coffee Table with Glass Top c1970
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Lucite coffee table with glass top Offered for sale is a Mid-Century Modern
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Octagonal lucite and glass coffee table
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Octagonal lucite coffee table with glass top and chrome details attributed to Karl Springer.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Octagonal lucite and glass coffee table
Octagonal lucite and glass coffee table
H 14.75 in W 59.5 in D 39.5 in
Mid Century Modern Sculpted Lucite Oval Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Incredible vintage mid century modern oval glass top lucite coffee table. The vase of this table
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Charles Hollis Jones Mid-Century Modern Brass & Lucite Round Glass Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Charles Hollis Jones Mid-Century Modern brass & Lucite round glass coffee table. Item features
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Elegant Square Coffee Table in Lucite and Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lucite and glass complement each other strikingly in this eye-catching Mid-Century Modern coffee
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Brass Lucite Round Glass Charles Hollis Jones Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern brass Lucite round glass Charles Hollis Jones coffee table. Item features three
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

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
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

Mid Century Modern Sculptural Lucite & Glass Rectangular "Fingers" Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Unique vintage Lucite and glass coffee table with sculpted and etched lucite "fingers" base and a
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

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
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Charles Hollis Jones Mid Century Brass Lucite & Glass Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Lake Worth, FL
 Mid Century Brass Lucite & Glass Octagonal Coffee Table With 42" beveled round glass top with
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern coffee table boasts an unusual sculpted Lucite base. A large
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Coffee Table with Lucite Base and Glass Top
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Mid-Century Modern coffee table with Lucite base and glass top. Beautiful Lucite base with very
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Lucite X Base Glass Top Rectangle Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Lucite X Base Glass Top Rectangle 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 Art Deco Style Lucite / Glass Lipstick Coffee Table
Located in Tarry Town, NY
lucite and heavy beveled glass top lipstick coffee table. Designed with convenience in mind, this table
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Pedestal Cocktail Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern heavy Lucite and glass pedestal coffee table in the style of Charles
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

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 In The Manner Of
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

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
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Oval Thick Glass Top Lucite Brass Base Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-century oval thick glass top lucite brass base coffee table. Atr. Charles Hollis Jones.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Wonderful Mid Century Lucite Snail Base Glass Top Cocktail Coffee Table
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful snail base design lucite base with a 3 /4" thick coffee table in style of V. Kagan. This
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Brass, Chrome and Lucite Italian Coffee Table
Located in San Angelo, TX
Here is a transitional imported 1970s Mid-Century Modern brass, chrome, glass and lucite Italian
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome, Brass

Sculptural Mid-Century Modernist Glass and Lucite Cocktail Table
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modernist glass and Lucite cocktail table offers the clean lines
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cut Glass, Lucite

Les Prismatiques Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
By Les Prismatiques
Located in Atlanta, GA
Les Prismatiques Lucite and glass coffee table, American, circa 1970s. Signed Les Prismatiques on
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Long Rectangular Lucite Base Glass Top Coffee Table MINT!
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Long Rectangular Lucite Base Glass Top Coffee Table MINT!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Lion in Frost 3-Piece Lucite Base and Glass Table
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-Century Lion in Frost 3-Piece Lucite Base and Glass Top Cocktail/coffee table 30'W x 21.5"D x
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Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid Century Modern Lucite Base 40" Glass Top Round Coffee Table MINT!
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid Century Modern Lucite Base 40" Glass Top Round Coffee Table MINT!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Charles Hollis Jones Lucite Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
We presents this thick sculptural architectural lucite and glass rectangular coffee table. In very
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

Italian Mid-Century Lucite and Glass Coffee Table by Alberto Rocchi
Located in New York, US
Our biomorphic style coffee table by the Italian designer, Alberto Rocchi, circa 1975, is crafted
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20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Acrylic

Slender sliding top Lucite and glass coffee table
Located in New York, NY
Slender sliding top Lucite and glass coffee table.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Substantial Heavy Lucite and Glass Cocktail / Coffee Table
Located in East Hampton, NY
This perfect square coffee table with 4 inch thick legs and 1/2 thick glass top on 1 1/2 inch thick
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid Century Modern Thick Polished Lucite Base Glass Top Square Coffee Table
By Neal Small
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large 42" square top thick polished lucite base Mid-Century Modern coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Charles Hollis Jones Mid-Century Modern Lucite & Beveled Glass Coffee Table 1970
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Miami, FL
1970s rectangular Lucite and beveled glass coffee table with tapered Lucite legs by Charles Hollis
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Lucite Snail Base Square 3/4" Thick Glass Top Coffee Table Mid Century Modern
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Lucite Snail Base Square 3/4" Thick Glass Top Coffee Table Mid Century Modern
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Pace Glass, Lucite and Chrome Square Coffee Table
By Pace Collection
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful pace coffee table with chrome trim and Lucite legs. Glass is 3/4" thick.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

A Round Lucite, Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Palm Desert, CA
In the style of Charles Hollis Jones, this is a wonderful lucite and chrome base coffee table. At
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Chrome

Sexy Faux Horn and Lucite Rectangular Mid Century Modern Coffee Table
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Super glamorous Mid-Century Modern rectangular glass coffee table having a sizzling hot faux Horn
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Horn, Glass, Lucite

Mid Century Modern Lucite Clear Glass Coffee Table or Sofa Table , circa 1970
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern clear lucite coffee table or sofa table base with an octagonal shaped glass top
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Lucite

Super Hot Lucite Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Moviestar glamorous sculptural lucite coffee table having sensational sensual shape, exaggerated
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Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid Century Modern Lucite Cylinder Leg Brass Glass Coffee Cocktail Table by Pace
By Pace Collection
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Large vintage 1970s coffee table by Pace collection. Item features a large square .75" thick glass
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Lucite Brass Glass Karl Springer Style Coffee Table 1970s Modernist Mid-century
By Karl Springer
Located in London, GB
This amazing lucite and brass coffee table, very much in the style of Karl Springer, was imported
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Vintage Lucite and Glass Coffee Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Wonderful vintage lucite and glass coffee table designed by the iconic designer Karl Springer in
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Minimalist Geometric Lucite and Glass Cocktail Table
Located in New York, NY
This refined Minimalist Mid-Century Modern cocktail table was realized in the United States circa
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Lucite Glass and Brass Round Octagon Shape Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Lucite glass and brass octagon shape coffee center table. In style of Charles
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Vintage Butterfly Lucite and Glass Cocktail Coffee Table Rolling
Located in Lake Worth, FL
rolling butterfly lucite and glass center cocktail coffee table Featuring a beveled glass top and both
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Vintage 1980s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite, Glass

Mid-Century Lucite and Brass Base Coffee Table by Charles Hollis Jones
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage-modern glass top coffee table with sculpted brass and lucite base, designed by Charles
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Charles Hollis Jones Lucite, Brass and Glass Coffee Table
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Redding, CT
On Sale- Stunning Charles Hollis Jones Lucite, brass and glass coffee table. Thick rectangular
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

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Lucite And Glass Mid Century Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the lucite and glass mid century coffee table you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A lucite and glass mid century coffee table — often made from plastic, lucite and glass — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer lucite and glass mid century coffee table, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A lucite and glass mid century coffee table, designed in the mid-century modern, Hollywood Regency or modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one lucite and glass mid century coffee table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Charles Hollis Jones, Pierre Vandel and Pace Collection produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Lucite And Glass Mid Century Coffee Table?

Prices for a lucite and glass mid century coffee table can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $29,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,800.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern 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.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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.

Find vintage plastic lounge chairs, outdoor furniture, lighting and more on 1stDibs.

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.