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Custom Lucite Waterfall Table or Bench with Curved Sides
By Iconic Design Gallery
Located in Miami, FL
Custom Lucite waterfall table or bench with curved sides Offered for sale is a Mid-Century Modern style 3/4" thick contemporary Lucite waterfall table. This is in current producti...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Coc...

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Lucite

Pair of Midcentury Carl Auböck Rattan Top Side Table, 1950s, Austria
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful and authentic rattan top coffee or side tables, manufactured by Carl Auböck Werkstätte in the 1950s, Vienna. The frames are made of black lacquered steel with woven rattan ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

French Symmetrical Gold Metal Bamboo Side Table with Dark Glass Top
By Maison Baguès
Located in Den Haag, NL
French symmetrical gold metal bamboo side table with dark glass top.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Travertine Marble and Glass Cocktail or Side Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A chic and modern designed side table or cocktail table made in Italy, circa 1978. This table consists of heavy a heavy thick travertine base with a floating clear piece of glass. Ve...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Travertine

Italian 1950s Bronze and Glass Pine Cone Side Table Cocktail Table
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
Awesome and unusual bronze pine cone side table with dark grey tinted glass tabletop.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bronze

Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Klismos Leg Side or Cocktail Table
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern walnut klismos leg coffee table or cocktail table designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb furniture. Elegant and graceful square top with a two-tier desig...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

Francois Monnet Cocktail or Side Table with Smoked Glass, 1970
By François Monnet, Kappa
Located in Austin, TX
Vintage French Mid-Century Modern table by Francois Monnet for Kappa. Smoked glass is compression fitted to the brushed stainless steel base, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Cocktail Table or Occasional Side Table by Mersman
By Mersman
Located in South Bend, IN
A stylish Mid-Century Modern sculpted walnut cocktail table or occasional side table. By Mersman, USA, circa 1960s Measures: 31" W x 31" D x 23.25" H. Good original vinta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Restored Rattan Wedge Cocktail Side Table with Two-Tier Mahogany Tops
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage pole rattan leg two-tier triangle wedge side table with two-tier mahogany tops. Great for use as a Cocktail side table. Restored to new for you. All rattan, bamboo and wicker...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Brass and Ebony Side Table / Coffee Cocktail Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern lacquered brass and ebony side table / coffee table. A square cocktail glass top and glass shelved low table with cooper colored and ebony geometric design and form.
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Mid-20th Century Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Neoclassical Maison Jansen Orange & Cream Onyx and Brass Side or Cocktail Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a midcentury neoclassical gorgeous yellow, orange and red onyx with a brass frame side or small cocktail/coffee table attributed to the Buenos Aires workshops of Maison Ja...
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Mid-20th Century Argentine Neoclassical Revival Side Tables

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Onyx, Brass

Polished Large Tubular Aluminum Cocktail Side Table in the Style of Paul Mayen
By Habitat International, Paul Mayen
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $1,850...Looking like mirror or polished chrome, this 1970s polished aluminum Tubular table has a beveled glass top and features large stacked tubes as a base in the sty...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Square Walnut Cocktail Coffee End Side Table Style Founders
By Founders Furniture Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome and versatile Mid-Century Modern walnut cocktail table, coffee table, side table, or end table in the style of Founders Furniture. It is made of solid walnut and in fabulous...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Mid-20th Century Iron Cocktail Table, Side Table with Bronze Tassels Black Glass
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This midcentury French round iron cocktail table or side table features a pedestal base with three curved legs finished in bronze tassels both top and bottom. Its original black glas...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze, Iron

German Mid Century Side End Table
Located in La Grange, IL
German Mid Century side end table End table measures: 35.5 wide x 19.75 deep x 22.75 inches high This piece is available in what we call restored vintage condition. Upon purchase it...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • German Mid Century Side End Table
  • German Mid Century Side End Table
  • German Mid Century Side End Table
  • German Mid Century Side End Table
H 22.75 in. W 35.5 in. D 19.75 in.
Travertine Mid-Century Modern Side Table
Located in Weesp, NL
Mid-Century Modern Travertine side table in great condition. This elegant and sophisticated piece has no damage. the table will be shipped abroad in a custom made wooden crate. Cost ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

  • Travertine Mid-Century Modern Side Table
  • Travertine Mid-Century Modern Side Table
  • Travertine Mid-Century Modern Side Table
  • Travertine Mid-Century Modern Side Table
H 29.93 in. W 29.93 in. D 16.15 in.
Bitossi Ceramic Petite Cocktail Table
By Bitossi
Located in Washington, DC
Bitossi ceramic petite cocktail table. Wonderful colors.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Ceramic

Six Sided Mid-Century Coffee Table
By Bassett Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Classic Mid-Century coffee, cocktail table. Six side top, on tapering legs, architectural style and construction.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

  • Six Sided Mid-Century Coffee Table
  • Six Sided Mid-Century Coffee Table
  • Six Sided Mid-Century Coffee Table
  • Six Sided Mid-Century Coffee Table
H 15 in. W 54 in. D 21 in.
Mid-Century Modern Live Edge Slab or Tree Trunk Cocktail or Side Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A unique designed table that produced in the early 1970s, maker unknown. Perfect size for a small scale cocktail table or side table. An unusual mix of materials makes this an instan...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Mid-century Tile Top Side Table
Located in Pasadena, CA
A midcentury tile-top table on an iron-leg base. The table features picture tiles with scenes from around the world.
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Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

  • Mid-century Tile Top Side Table
  • Mid-century Tile Top Side Table
  • Mid-century Tile Top Side Table
  • Mid-century Tile Top Side Table
H 20 in. W 24.5 in. D 18.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Travertine Square Coffee Table, Side Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern travertine square coffee table ~ Side table is the perfect choice for a clean contemporary look, and combines the carefree aspects of a solid stone table with the ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Rare Pair of Cocktail Tables by Dresse
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare pair of acid etched bronze side tables by Fernand Dresse each inset with a polish agate stone, supported by a painted black iron base. "Signed Dresse 76" etched in bronze.
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Stack Table, Mid-Century Modern Side or Coffee Table
By kontra
Located in Istanbul, TR
Kontra’s interpretation of the side table. Adds elegance to spaces with marble/mirror top and brass / gold / rose gold-plated body.
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Steel, Chrome

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Side End Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut side end table Size: 21 wide x 30 deep x 22 high   This piece is available in what we call restored vintage condition. Upon purchase it is fixed so it’...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Maison Jansen Attributed Modern Brass and Chrome Cocktail Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
Maison Jansen attributed modern brass and chrome cocktail table, the round top supported by three upswept legs. Measures: 26” height x 21” diameter.
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Mid-20th Century European Modern Side Tables

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Brass, Chrome

1950 Freeform Mahogany Coffee Table Cocktail Table Side Table
By José Zanine Caldas
Located in Grenoble, FR
Freeform mahogany coffee table Mahogany tray brought back to France in the 1950s, transformed into a coffee table in the spirit of Charlotte Perriand or José Zanine Kaldas.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

French Plain Oak Midcentury Freeform Cocktail Table by Pierre Cruège
By Pierre Cruège
Located in Brussels, BE
Pierre Cruège designed this freeform cocktail table, circa 1950 It's made of plain oak, very nice and simple construction - clean lines This model was edited by a small company cal...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Memphis Style Side Coffee Table, Italy 1980s
By Memphis Group
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Mid-Century Memphis style side coffee table, Italy 1980s. Lacquered laminate table top. Perfect vintage condition. solid and stable.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Laminate

Mid-Century Side Coffee Table by Lacca, Italy, 1950s
By Cesare Lacca
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Mid-century side coffee table by Cesare Lacca, Italy, 1950s. Glass top with brass rim. Perfect vintage condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Side Coffee Table by Lacca, Italy, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Side Coffee Table by Lacca, Italy, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Side Coffee Table by Lacca, Italy, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Side Coffee Table by Lacca, Italy, 1950s
H 16.54 in. W 25.99 in. D 14.97 in.
Cocktail Table and Side Tables by Forest Wilson
By Forest Wilson
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Elegant set of sculpted walnut tables by Forest Wilson with rounded rectangular 1/2 inch glass tops. One cocktail table and two side tables. Side table dimensions are H 21" W 27.5" D...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table with Cane Sides
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern coffee table features cane sides and a gorgeous walnut finish. Unique design with an oversized tabletop hangs over each side for added space. This straig...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cane, Walnut

Arne Vodder, Danish 1960s Teak Cocktail Table with White Inset Top
By Arne Vodder
Located in Camden, ME
Danish modern teak cocktail table, 1960s. Midcentury teak coffee table. A modern interpretation of a neoclassic tripod based sabre leg stand. Three carved wooden legs are mounted ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Laminate, Teak

Milo Baughman Style Metal and Wood Round Drum Occasional or Cocktail Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Milo Baughman style modern round drum table. This occasional side or end table features a brush silver tone metal with a high gloss lacquered wood top. Could also be used as a small ...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

French Pom Pom Bronze Gilt Iron Curtis Jere Style Petite Cocktail Table
By Curtis Jere
Located in Westport, CT
French Pom Pom bronze gilt Iron Curtis Jere style glass top, handmade heavy gauge construction, thick glass top.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bronze, Iron

Mid-Century Modern "Tile" Coffee Table and Pair of Matching Side Tables
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This matching set of an Italian coffee table and side tables features a beautiful checkered surface that is accented by brass sides and legs. Side tables show off a unique two-tiered...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Set of Three Side Tables, circa 1940
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mid-Century Modern set of three tables after Mathieu Mategot. Perforated metal lacquered in three different colors: black, red and yellow. By unknown manufacturer from France, cir...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Karl Springer Mid Century Lacquered Goat Skin Side End Table
By Karl Springer
Located in La Grange, IL
Karl Springer Mid Century lacquered goat skin side end table Table measures: 36.5 wide x 24.5 deep x 25.75 inches high This piece is available in what we call restored vintage condi...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Goatskin

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bamboo Coffee or Side Table, 1960s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian bamboo coffee or sofa table, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bamboo

Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Mirror Coffee or Side Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Handsome Venetian style cerused beech wood two-drawer low table on an X-form base with inset mirror glass surfaces. Warm patina and exquisite form. Can be used as a unique side table...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror

French Mid-Century Modern Onyx & Black Patinated Wood Coffee Table / Side Table
Located in Barcelona, ES
A 20th century wood carved black patinated onyx coffee table or side table. France, 1940-1950. Carved wood, patinated in black. The onyx top is in mint condition This elegant table w...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Onyx

1950's Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass Coffee Table with Nesting Side Tables
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1950's Mid-Century Modern brass with beveled glass with mirror edges coffee table with 4 matching nesting side tables, in vintage original condition with some wear and patin...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Side Tables with Smoked Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
A pair of Mid-Century Modern chrome side tables with smoked glass and asymmetrical stand. Could also be used as a coffee table when combined.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Two-Tier Brass and Beveled Glass Side Table
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern two-tier brass and mirror beveled glass side table in Maison Jansen style with fluted brass legs and foot.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Mahogany Corner Coffee Side Table
By American of Martinsville
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville mahogany corner coffee side table with Brass Handle. Item features solid brass modernist sleek drawer handle, beautiful wood grain, origin...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail T...

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Round Handwoven Tan Rattan / Wicker Coffee Table, Side Table
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern round handwoven rattan, wicker coffee or side table. Exemplary construction, woven ties are firmly linked. Florida Design for Your Sunroom or Porch.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wicker, Rattan

Glass Chrome Coffee Side Cocktail Couch Table, 1960s
Located in Greven, DE
Glass chrome coffee side cocktail couch table, 1960s Elegant French Space Age glass table.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel, Chrome

  • Glass Chrome Coffee Side Cocktail Couch Table, 1960s
  • Glass Chrome Coffee Side Cocktail Couch Table, 1960s
  • Glass Chrome Coffee Side Cocktail Couch Table, 1960s
  • Glass Chrome Coffee Side Cocktail Couch Table, 1960s
H 13.98 in. W 36.03 in. D 36.03 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Arachnid Coffee / Side Table, Guglielmo Ulrich, 1940
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Italian midcentury arachnid / spider form cocktail table or side table or gueridon by Guglielmo Ulrich. Ulrich's work was influenced by Art Deco and a Sober Modern neocla...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Polished Chrome Tubular Coffee and Side Table Set
By Romeo Rega, Milo Baughman
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Polished chrome tubular rectangular coffee and square side table set Two-tiered glass and metal living / family room cocktail table and end table set. Long center table features o...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Corner, Side / Coffee Table by Lane, Altavista, Virgin
By Lane Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid Century Modern walnut corner, side / coffee table by Lane, Altavista, Virginia Classic mid century pie shape coffee / side table by Lane Furniture Measures: 26" wide at the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Lion in Frost Lucite Coffee Table or Side Table Mid-Century Modern, Signed
By Lion in Frost
Located in Miami, FL
Superb Mid-Century Modern Lucite butterfly side table signed Lion in Frost at the base. Pair available, perfect for a pair of side or sofa tables.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Two-Tier Brass and Beveled Glass Rectangular Side Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern two-tier brass and mirror beveled glass side table in Maison Jansen style with fluted brass legs and foot.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Brutalist Abstract Art Coffee and Side Table Set Silas Seandel
By Silas Seandel
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Functional Brutalist art furniture, circa 1970s. This cocktail and side table set are sculpted of torch cut iron welded together in a flame pattern with aged gold enamel finish. ...
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Bertha Schaeffer Table Set Walnut Travertine Coffee Pair Side
By Bertha Schaefer
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a magnificent table set including a pair of side and a coffee table, topped with travertine, on sculptural walnut bases, by Bertha Schaeffer for Gordon's Fi...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Style Wedge Travertine and Walnut Side Table
By Jens Risom, Foster-McDavid, Dillingham Manufacturing Company
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Unique wedge shaped Mid-Century Modern end table in the style of Jens Risom. Triangle shape Italian travertine (stone) top with solid walnut wood frame. Tapered Danish look to the sp...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Mid-Century Modern Vejle Stole Og Mobelfabrik Rosewood Side Table, Denmark 1960s
By Vejle Stole & Møbelfabrik
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a sensational, solid rosewood side or small coffee table, by Vejle Stole Og Mobelfabrik, made in Denmark, circa 1960s. In excellent vintage condition. The d...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rosewood

Fine Polished Brass Three-Tiered Etagere Side/Cocktail Table
Located in London, by appointment only
An early 20th century polished brass three-tiered etagere.
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Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Solid Thick Teak Top Square Coffee Side Table
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Danish Mid-Century Modern 2" solid teak top coffee side occasional table.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Teak

Pair of Percival Lafer Brutalist Cocktail or Side Tables
By Percival Lafer
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Pair of Percival Lafer Brutalist cocktail or side tables. This spectacular set of modernist tables were done by the pioneering Brazilian designer 'Percival Lafer'. They feature soli...
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Mid-20th Century South American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Jacaranda, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Burl Wood Corner End Side Coffee Table Triangular Amoeba
Located in Wayne, NJ
Burl wood end side table triangular amoeba shaped.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Burl

Mid-Century Modern Round Three-Legged Brass & Turquoise Enamel Side Table, 1950s
Located in Miami, FL
Stylish 1950s Italian side or end table on three legs in polished brass. The top has a finish in turquoise enamel. Timeless Mid-Century Modern Design for daily practical use.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Enamel, Brass

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Mid Century Cocktail Side Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century cocktail side table available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, wood and glass, every mid century cocktail side table was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a mid century cocktail side table, we have 300 options in-stock, while there are 11 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century cocktail side table, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each mid century cocktail side table bearing Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. A well-made mid century cocktail side table has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Paul McCobb and Aldo Tura are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Cocktail Side Table?

A mid century cocktail side table can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,157, while the lowest priced sells for $300 and the highest can go for as much as $42,500.

Finding the Right Coffee and Cocktail Tables for You

As a practical centerpiece to your living area, coffee and cocktail tables are an invaluable addition to any interior.

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