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‘Metafora’ Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani Italy, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A ‘Metafora’ coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani, Italy, 1979.  Constructed of four geometric marble shapes which form the base including a solid Carrara mar...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Metafora Coffee Table in Brown Mable by Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo Vignelli
Located in Chicago, IL
A Massimo Vignelli & Lella Vignell Metafora coffee table featuring four geometric shapes and a square 1/2” thick glass top. Italy, 1970s. Massimo Vignelli (January 10, 1931 – May...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Metafora Coffee Table in Carrara Marble by Massimo + Lella Vignelli, Italy 1970s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Chicago, IL
A Massimo Vignelli & Lella Vignell Metafora coffee table featuring four geometric shapes in Carrara marble and a rectangular .75” thick glass top. Italy, 1970s. Massimo Vignelli (Ja...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

20th Century Italian Metafora Coffee Table, Casigliani, c.1970
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
These wonderful coffee tables were one of their most iconic designs. Vignelli’s ethos was, "If you can design one thing, you can design everything," and this was reflected in the bro...
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20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Limestone

Travertine Vintage Coffee Table Metafora by Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo Vignelli
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Travertine vintage coffee table Metafora by Massimo Vignelli in very good condition.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Italian Metafora Marble & Onyx Coffee Table Base by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Martinelli Luce
Located in Miami, FL
Italian 'Metafora' marble and onyx coffee table base by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Martinelli Luce. The four geometric shapes, a cube, a cylinder, a sphere and a pyramid are mad...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Onyx, Marble

Coffee Table 'Metafora', Lella & Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Moscow, RU
Lella & Massimo Vignelli Italy 1980 Massimo Vignelli (born January 10, 1931, Milan, Italy–died May 27, 2014, New York City) and Lella Vignelli (born Elena Valle, August 13, 1934...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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H 10.63 in. W 47.25 in. D 39.38 in.
Rare Wood Metafora Coffee Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Located in North Miami, FL
Rare Metafora coffee table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani. Each solid wood-blocked geometric piece is a beautiful sculpture on its own... combined, Breathtaking! Origin...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Glass

  • Rare Wood Metafora Coffee Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
  • Rare Wood Metafora Coffee Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
  • Rare Wood Metafora Coffee Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
  • Rare Wood Metafora Coffee Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
H 8.75 in. (base with glass) in. W 42 in. D 42 in.
Italian Metafora Coffee Table by Massimo e Lella Vignelli for Casigliani, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Metafora coffee table by Massimo e Lella Vignelli for Casigliani, 1979 Metafora coffee table with four legs of different stones (marquinia, granite, white marble and travert...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Travertine, Granite, Marble

Vignelli Metafora coffee table for Casigliani, Italy, 1979
By Achille Castiglioni, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural Metafora coffee table designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Massimo & Lella Vignelli, 'Metafora' Coffee Table, Casigliani, Italy
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural Metafora coffee table designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometery, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Tables

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Marble

‘Metafora’ Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani Italy, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A ‘Metafora’ coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani, Italy.  Constructed of four geometric marble shapes which form the base including a solid Carrara marble py...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table for Casigliani, Italy, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural Metafora coffee table designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, and two cylinder, the...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Italian Sculptural Metafora Coffee Table by Vignelli for Martinelli Luce, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Martinelli Luce
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian sculptural Metafora coffee table by Vignelli for Martinelli Luce, 1979 A stunning and sculptural coffee table inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble

Lella e Massimo Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table for Casigliani Italy, 1970's
By Massimo Vignelli
Located in Chicago, IL
A Massimo Vignelli & Lella Vignell Metafora coffee table featuring four geometric shapes and a square 1/2” thick glass top. Italy, 1979. Massimo Vignelli (January 10, 1931 – May ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Italian Crystal Marble Metafora Coffee Table by Vignelli for Casigliani, 1980s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Metafora crystal marble coffee table by Vignelli for Casigliani, 1980s. Metafora coffee table with square top in 2 cm thick aquamarine green crystal. It has four...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal, Marble

Massimo Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural coffee table inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the sphere. The four elements can be positioned freel...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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H 8.67 in. W 39.38 in. D 39.38 in.
Vignelli Green Metafora Coffee Table
By ICF New York, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Pasadena, TX
The Metafora Euclid coffee table was designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for ICF(International Contract Furnishing Home Inc.) of New York. The base is of veri alpi green marble an...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Vignelli Black Metafora Coffee Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Pasadena, TX
The Metafora Euclid coffee table was designed By Lella and Massimo Vignelli for ICF(International Contract Furnishing Home Inc.) of New York. The base is of negro marquina marble and...
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Massimo Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural coffee table inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the sphere. The four elements can be positioned freel...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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H 8.67 in. W 39.18 in. D 39.18 in.
Massimo & Lella Vignelli 'Metafora' Coffee Table, Italy, 1970s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Martinelli Luce
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Metafora cocktail table designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Martinelli Luce. The four geometric shapes, a cube, a cylinder, a ball and a pyramid are made in black marble with ...
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20th Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Metafora Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Iconic sculptural coffee table inspired from the 4 euclidean geometry forms. Designed in 1979 by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Martinelli Luce. Original 20 mm. glass top and trave...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

  • Metafora Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
  • Metafora Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
  • Metafora Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
  • Metafora Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
H 8.67 in. W 38.98 in. D 38.98 in.
Massimo Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table for Casigliani, Italy, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural coffee table inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the sphere. The four elements can be positioned freel...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Mixed Marbles "Metafora" Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in North Miami, FL
Four different geometric shapes, rendered in four different marbles, (in our four favorite colors of black, white, taupe, and sand), make up the base of Massimo and Lella Vignelli's ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Casigliani 'Metafora' Coffee Table Italy 1970s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Naples, IT
Metafora" glass and marble coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli manufactured by Casigliani, Italy, circa 1979. Thick glass 4 marble bases in different shapes and colors. A pyra...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Adam Style Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Lella and Massimo Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table for Casigliani, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Miami, FL
Metafora glass and matte black marble coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli produced by Casigliani, Italy, circa 1979. Table consists of four different shaped marble legs that s...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Black Marble Metafora Coffee Table by Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Casigliani
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
'Metafora' table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Made in Italy in the late 1970s and inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry: the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the s...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Martinelli Luce Metafora Coffee Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Italy, 1970
By Martinelli Luce, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Le Grand-Saconnex, CH
Forms of the Euclidean geometry, the cube, the cylinder, and the pyramid, made of three different marbles and colours, represent the basis of the table finished with a big sheet of t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Marble

Massimo Vignelli 'Metafora' Italian Coffee Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
Italian 'Metafora' marble and onyx coffee table base by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Martinelli Luce. The four geometric shapes, a cube, a cylinder, a sphere and a pyramid are m...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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H 8.86 in. W 38.59 in. D 38.59 in.
'Metafora' Italian Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in New York, NY
'Metafora' Italian coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, 1979 The coffee table support with four forms of the Euclidean geometry; all in solid travertine: a cube, cylinder, ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

1980's Marble "Metafora 1" Cocktail Table
Located in New York, NY
An Italian coffee table composed of 4 marble geometric shapes and a glass top.The table was designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Bio:G. Gramigna, Repertorio del design italiano 1...
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Late 20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Metafora Cocktail Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in New York, NY
In 1979 Massimo and Lella Vignelli designed the "Metafora" table for Casigliani, boasting a substructure of geometric blocks, spheres, cylinders, and pyramids on which rests a square...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Massimo Vignelli "Metafora" Table for Casigliani Circa 1979
By Massimo Vignelli
Located in Chicago, IL
A dynamic use of marble and shapes, this Italian coffee table was designed by Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani. This features a marble triangle, sphere and cone all situated on a 23” ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Metafora Cocktail Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Located in New York, NY
In 1979 Massimo and Lella Vignelli designed the "Metafora" table for Casigliani, boasting a substructure of geometric blocks, spheres, cylinders, and pyramids on which rests a square...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mixed Marbles "Metafora" Table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, ICF New York
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful low coffee table comprised of 3 different type of stones (Carrara marble, travertine and Marble) with a round glass top. The table has beautiful geometric lines, the pie...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Travertine, Carrara Marble

1970s Italian Marble Travertine Metafora Coffee Table by Lella Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, London
Metafora coffee table  By Lella and Massimo Vignelli Marble and travertine 3D shapes Cube, pyramid, sphere and cylinder Italy, 1979. Measures: 20mm glass.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Marble

Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table for Casigliani, Italy, 1979
By Massimo Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural Metafora coffee table designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Granite, Marble, Carrara Marble

Massimo Vignelli "Metafora" Coffee Table for Casigliani Italy, 1970
By Massimo Vignelli
Located in Chicago, IL
Massimo Vignelli "Metafora" coffee table for Casigliani, 1970. Table also has a marble base 23" diameter, 3" thick. This table can be used with or without the marble base. Table hei...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Center Tables

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Marble

‘Metafora’ Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani Italy, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A ‘Metafora’ coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani, Italy.  Constructed of four geometric marble shapes which form the base including a solid Carrara marble py...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

‘Metafora’ Coffee Table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani Italy, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A ‘Metafora’ coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani, Italy.  Constructed of four geometric marble shapes which form the base including a solid Carrara marble pyra...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

Massimo Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in London, GB
A stunning and sculptural coffee table inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinder and the sphere. The four elements can be positioned freel...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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H 8.67 in. W 39.38 in. D 39.38 in.
Metafora Travertine Coffee Table by Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo Vignelli
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Vintage travertine "METAFORA" coffee table by Massimo Vignelli ciaca 1980.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Massimo & Lella Vignelli, 'Metafora' Coffee Table, Casigliani, Italy
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Ongar, GB
The four forms of the geometry, the cube, the cylinder, the sphere and the pyramid, made of white marble, represent the basis of the table finished with a heavy top sheet of transpar...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Massimo & Lella Vignelli Round 'Metafora' Coffee Table in Marble and Glass
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lella and Massimo Vignelli, 'Metafora' cocktail table, glass and marble, Italy, 1970s. This variation on the square Metafora table is designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. This ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

1970s Massimo and Lella Vignelli Metafora Rectangular Coffee Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer an sculptural coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, circa the 1970s. The Metamora Coffee Table showcases a juxtaposition of geometric shapes and ma...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Marble

Modernist Coffee Table in the Manner of Metafora I by Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Peabody, MA
Coffee table consisting of a base of four separate geometric shapes in faux-marbled lacquered wood, which can be configured in a variety of ways, topped with thick plate glass. After...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

"Metafora" Travertine Coffee Table 1970s Design by Lella & Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Martinelli Luce
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Iconic coffee table Metafora design of the 1970s (1979 precisely) by Lella & Massimo Vignelli for Martinelli Luce: each geometric piece, the cube, the cylinder, the sphere and the py...
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Late 20th Century Italian Space Age Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

White Marble Metafora Table Designed by Massimo & Lella Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage white marble Metafora table designed by Vignelli for ICF Lella and Massimo Vignelli are almost inextricably linked with the words and world of modern design. Their vision-...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

Massimo Vignelli Metafora Coffee Table
Located in Portland, OR
Massimo Vignelli designed this table for Casiglini in 1979. You can position the marble pieces any way you like.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

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H 13 in. W 48 in. D 48 in.
Lella & Massimo Vignelli Metafora Travertine Coffee Table, 1979
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Grenoble, FR
Lella & Massimo Vignelli Metafora coffee table with travertine and glass 1979 The four elements can be positioned freely for a unique composition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

1979, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Martinelli Luce, "Metafora" Cocktail Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Martinelli Luce
Located in Paris, FR
Impressive "Metafora" table, designed in 1979 by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Martinelli Luce, Italy. The four forms of the Euclidean geometry, the cube, the cylinder, the sphere ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

1979, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Martinelli Luce, "Metafora" Cocktail Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Martinelli Luce
Located in Paris, FR
Impressive "Metafora" table, designed in 1979 by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Martinelli Luce, Italy. All four forms are inspired by the Euclidean geometry, the cube, the cylinder...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

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Metafora Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic metafora coffee table available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, stone and marble, every metafora coffee table was constructed with great care. There are many kinds of the metafora coffee table you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A metafora coffee table, designed in the Mid-Century Modern or Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made metafora coffee table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Martinelli Luce and Casigliani are consistently popular.

How Much is a Metafora Coffee Table?

The average selling price for a metafora coffee table at 1stDibs is $4,900, while they’re typically $1,800 on the low end and $8,880 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Coffee and 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 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 furniture style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee and cocktail tables today.