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Elegant Mid-Century Modern Burl and Cane Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern coffee table is made of burl wood with a woven center. Sleek low
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Vintage Mid Century Organic Live Edge Burl Wood Pedestal Base Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid Century Organic Live Edge Burl Wood Pedestal Base Coffee Table. Item features a
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Burl

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Burl Walnut Coffee Table
Located in North York, ON
but also elevates the aesthetic of the space. This Mid-Century Modern Inspired Burl Walnut coffee
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Octagonal Burl Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern burl wood coffee table black base. Great contrasting color between the gold burl
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Octagonal Burl Coffee Table
Octagonal Burl Coffee Table
H 16 in W 47.25 in D 43.75 in
Mid-19th Century Neoclassic Coffee Centre Table Walnut, Burl Walnut, Restored
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-19th century neoclassic coffee centre table walnut, burl walnut, polished to wax Measure cm: H
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Large Mid Century Exotic Unique Live Edge Burl Wood Coffee Table
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Large Mid-Century exotic Live Edge wood Coffee Table This 1970s coffee table has a unique shape
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Wonderful Tomlinson Sophisticate style Flip-side Burl Coffee Table Mid-Century
By Tomlinson
Located in Pemberton, NJ
This mid-century Tomlinson Sophisticate attributed coffee table will be the perfect addition to
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Fruitwood, Burl

Scrumptious Milo Baughman style Burl Coffee Cocktail Table Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Scrumptious Milo Baughman style burl wood and black square coffee table. We love the contrast
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Milo Baughman Style Mid-Century Modern Burl Wood Coffee Table by Henredon
By Henredon, Milo Baughman
Located in South Bend, IN
A stylish Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency burl wood coffee table or cocktail table In the
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ash, Burl

Mid Century Modern Large Rectangle Burl Wood Chrome Base Coffee Table Mint!
By Pace Collection, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern rectangle book matched burl wood chrome base coffee table milo baughman
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Stylish Mid-Century Modern Tree Slab Burl Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This rustic vintage coffee table features a uniquely shaped tree slab top with stylish iron hairpin
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Baughman Style Burl Wood Rectangle Coffee End Table Mid-Century Modern 1980
By Milo Baughman
Located in Miami, FL
Milo Baughman style rectangle burl wood coffee or end table Mid-Century Modern made in Mexico 1980
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Vintage 1980s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Mid Century Modern Olive Burl Square Coffee Parsons Table Made in Italy
By Milo Baughman
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern olive burl square coffee table made in Italy. Good vintage condition
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Olive, Burl

Fabulous Milo Baughman Burl Wood Chrome Cube Coffee Table, Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Midcentury Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin coffee table with patchwork burl wood top and chrome
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid Century Style Live Edge Burl Cocktail Table
Located in Bridgeport, CT
the best of the both worlds of Organic Modern and Mid Century. The Table measures 50” wide by 33
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Mid Century Modern Lucite and Burl Wood Coffee Table
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Coffee Table. This piece showcases sleek Lucite legs and a rich Burl wood top, combining mid-century
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Vintage 1980s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Lucite

Ming Style Black & Burl Coffee Table Attributed Chin Hua Collection by Sabota
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage Ming Style black & burl coffee table Attributed to Chin Hua Collection by Raymond
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Burl

Mid-Century Coffee Table in Burl Wood Produced by Mario Sabot, Italy, 60s
By Mario Sabot
Located in Lucija, SI
Very rare coffee table produced by Mario Sabot in Italy in the late 60s
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Vintage Burl Burled Wood Coffee Cocktail Table Oval Glass Top Mid Century Modern
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lovely vintage burl wood Burled coffee cocktail table. The glass sits on top and the burl cap screw
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Burl

Modern Mastercraft Burl Coffee Table
By Mastercraft
Located in Chicago, IL
This coffee table has a big designer die-cut hole for a glass insert. Gives the table some edge
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Italian Mid-Century Round Burl Walnut and Glass Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1940s) round burl walnut coffee table with a glass top, scalloped apron and
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20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Mid 20th Century Vintage Boho Custom Burl Wood Storage Coffee Table
Located in west palm beach, FL
Elevate your living room with this Vintage Boho Custom Burl Wood Storage Coffee Table. Featuring
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Mid-20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage Burl French Country Coffee Table by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Elkton, MD
Vintage Burl French Country Coffee Table by Drexel features a beautifully aged burl wood top with
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Mid Century Modern Chrome Glass Top Square Coffee Table w Burl Wood Inserts MINT
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid Century Modern Chrome Glass Top Square Coffee Table w Burl Wood Inserts MINT
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Paul Evans Burl Wood Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Paul Evans burl wood coffee table with glass top.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Burl

Paul Evans Burl Wood Coffee Table
Paul Evans Burl Wood Coffee Table
H 15.75 in W 54 in D 22 in
Karl Springer Burl Olivewood Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer burl olivewood coffee table. The table has cylindrical shaped legs with polished
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Burl & Ebonized Coffee Table by Lane Furniture
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Round mid-century modern style coffee table with inlay burl wood set inside walnut frame, on an
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

1950's Mid Century Modern Burl Wood Serving Tray style Coffee Table
Located in Opa Locka, FL
1950's Mid Century Burl Wood Serving Tray style Coffee/ Cocktail Table. The side flip up.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage Live Edge Redwood Burl Coffee Table
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful vintage live edge redwood burl coffee table, designed in the United States, circa 1960s
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Vintage Live Edge Redwood Burl Coffee Table
Vintage Live Edge Redwood Burl Coffee Table
H 17.75 in W 87.5 in D 47.75 in
Large Burl Wood Organic Shaped Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Large, burl wood organic shaped coffee table.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Olive, Burl

Burl Coffee Table Style of Willy Rizzo
By Willy Rizzo
Located in New York, NY
Burl coffee table style of Willy Rizzo with a metal insert to the center and floating on a metal
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Burl Coffee Table Style of Willy Rizzo
Burl Coffee Table Style of Willy Rizzo
H 12 in W 45.5 in D 23.5 in
DREXEL HERITAGE Mid 20th Century Burl Walnut Caned Coffee Cocktail Tables - Pair
By Drexel
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of French Regency style cocktail tables by Drexel Heritage. Walnut with two tiers, burl
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cane, Walnut

Free Form Live Edge Burl Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Live edge burl coffee table. Knotty wood forms are pieced together to create this brutalist style
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Burl

Edward Wormley Burl Coffee Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, c.1950s, USA. The rectangular table features an
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple, Burl

Edward Wormley Burl Coffee Table for Dunbar
Edward Wormley Burl Coffee Table for Dunbar
H 18.25 in W 73.5 in D 19.75 in
Milo Baughman Burl Olivewood Parsons Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Chicago, IL
Attributed to Milo Baughman burl olivewood parsons style coffee table. Dated on bottom 1978.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Vintage Burl Wood Coffee Table by Vladimir Kagan
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This stunning vintage coffee table by Vladimir Kagan, made in the United States during the 1970s
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite, Burl

Italian 1970s Square Coffee Table Inlaid with Elm Burl and Oak Burl with Glass
By Willy Rizzo, Milo Baughman
Located in Roma, IT
A coffee table that fully expresses the glamor of the 70s. Certainly made in Italy but of unknown
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Burl

Mid Century Burl Wood Veneer Smoked Glass and Gold Coffee Table by Thomasville
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Experience the sophistication of the Thomasville Mid Century Modern Coffee Table, where Burl wood
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Custom French Neoclassical or Empire Style Cherry & Burl Wood Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
chandelier base dates to the Early 20th century, with the conversion to a coffee table happened in the Mid to
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

Exceptional And Large Coffee Table, English Oak Burl, 1970s.
By George Nakashima
Located in ŁÓDŹ, PL
This exceptional free-form coffee table hails from England in the 1970s. Crafted from English oak
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak, Burl

Midcentury Milo Baughman Style Low Burl Wood Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern burl coffee table designed in the style of Milo Baughman. A convenient
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

19th Century English Carved Inlaid Burl and Walnut Oval Pedestal Coffee Table
Located in Dallas, TX
throughout including a central floral medallion. The tall pedestal coffee table is in excellent condition
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Chippendale Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Antique Burl Walnut Queen Anne Style Rectangular Coffee Table
Located in Miami, FL
A fantastic antique walnut coffee table in the Queen Anne Style. This was made in England, it dates
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Mid-20th Century English Queen Anne Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Tommi Parzinger, Coffee Table, Mahogany Burl, Brass, USA, 1950s
By Charak Furniture Company, Tommi Parzinger
Located in High Point, NC
A freeform mahogany, mahogany burl veneer and brass coffee or cocktail table, designed by Tommi
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Stunning Coffee Table in Burl Wood and Lacquered Legs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning coffee table with maple burl wood top and black lacquered legs. The table has a second
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl, Wood

Maison Jansen Mid-Century French Modern Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Forney, TX
A superb French midcentury cocktail table attributed to Maison Jansen. Fine craftsmanship and
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze, Brass

Tomlinson Sophisticate Patchwork Burl Wood Extra Long Surfboard Coffee Table
By Tomlinson
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern extra long surfboard coffee table By Tomlinson
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Burl and Walnut Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Rare midcentury coffee table, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The table features a stunning
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Tomlinson Sophisticate Mid Century Walnut and Burlwood Coffee Table
By Tomlinson
Located in Countryside, IL
Tomlinson Sophisticate Mid Century Walnut and Burlwood Coffee Table This coffee table measures: 42
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Burl Wood Top Chrome Base and Trim Rectangular Coffee Table
By Leon Rosen, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern chrome and burl wood coffee table Pace Collection Baughman decor. Beautifully
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid Century Burlwood Chrome Coffee Table Milo Baughman Style
By Milo Baughman
Located in Baltimore, MD
A stunning Mid-Century Modern olive, burl wood and chrome cocktail table attributed to Milo
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Modern Burl Chrome & Polished Stainless Steel Floating Coffee Table Plinth Base
By Milo Baughman, Pace Collection
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome vintage late 20th century Modern burl veneer, chrome, & stainless-steel floating coffee
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Late 20th Century Unknown Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Midcentury Burl Wood and Brass Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Stafford, TX
This beautiful midcentury coffee table features stunning burl wood panels and brass accents. This
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Burl Wood & Brass Coffee Table By Karl Springer, 1970's
By Karl Springer
Located in Zwijndrecht, Antwerp
A unique burl wood coffee table with large brass accents. This table dates to the 1970's and is
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

A Fine Edward Wormley Coffee Table for Dunbar in Exotic Burl
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Exotic Burl Grain Coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Exceptional selection of Burl Wood
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Burl Elm Pentagonal Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pentagonal coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1970. Burl elm wood table top
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Milo Baughman for Pace Burl Chrome Coffee and End Tables
By Milo Baughman
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A book-matched olive burlwood end and coffee table with chromed "skyscraper" legs by Milo Baughman
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Sarreid Brass & Walnut Coffee Table
By Sarreid Ltd.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A gorgeous original 1970s patinated brass & walnut coffee / cocktail table designed by Sarreid of
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Mid Century Burlwood Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin mid century burlwood coffee table This coffee table measures: 48
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Burl

Stunning Vladimir Kagan Lucite and Burl Walnut Coffee Table Midcentury
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Vladimir Kagan Lucite and burl walnut coffee table. This wonderful table is in very nice
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite, Burl

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Mid Century Burl Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal mid century burl coffee table for your home. Frequently made of wood, burl and metal, every mid century burl coffee table was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a mid century burl coffee table, we have 366 options in-stock, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century burl coffee table, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right mid century burl coffee table, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one mid century burl coffee table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Milo Baughman, Edward Wormley and Thayer Coggin produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Burl Coffee Table?

A mid century burl coffee table can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,850, while the lowest priced sells for $608 and the highest can go for as much as $79,000.

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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.

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 — shop Art Deco coffee tables, travertine coffee tables and other antique and vintage coffee tables and cocktail tables today.