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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Coffee Table This coffee table measures: 60 wide x 19 deep x
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century coffee table This table measures: 28 wide x 28 deep x 26
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Mid Century Modern Edward Wormley Sheaf of Wheat Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Burton, TX
This Sheaf of Wheat Coffee or Cocktail Table was created in the 1960's and designed by Edward
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Two Tier Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century two tier coffee table This table measures: 42 wide x 27.75
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table in the Style of Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage modern rectangular coffee table features statuesque walnut construction and elegant
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley For Dunbar “Long John” Walnut Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a 1950s walnut coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar….often called the “Long
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Carpathian Elm Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Carpathian Elm Coffee Table A beautiful and rare
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Elm, Burl

Edward Wormley Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Coffee/cocktail Table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Coffee Table
Edward Wormley Coffee Table
H 15 in W 56 in D 18 in
Mid-Century Modern "Long John" Coffee Table By Edward Wormley For Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Long, low, mid-century modern, "Long John" coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar features a
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Precedent Line Coffee Table for Drexel
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
An early, modernist Wormley form for Drexel. This vintage item should go to a refinisher
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Nice rectangular coffee table, mahogany with cork insert top. This table was designed by Edward
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Mahogany, Cork

Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table
Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table
H 15.5 in W 62.5 in D 15 in
Edward Wormley Expandable Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Edward Wormley designed coffee table produced by Dunbar. Solid Mahogany construction
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

Asymmetrical Coffee Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A low console or table with a spare mahogany frame that supports an asymmetrical top with brass
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Asymmetrical Coffee Table by Edward Wormley
Asymmetrical Coffee Table by Edward Wormley
H 18.25 in W 60.25 in D 22 in
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus coffee table. The table is walnut with a geometric shape and the
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Glass

Edward Wormley Coffee Table for "Dunbar", 1950s
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Large scale, round coffee table by Edward Wormley for "Dunbar", produced in 1950s in Burne, Indiana
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany, Cork

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Black Painted Refectory Coffee / Cocktail Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century black painted wooden refectory coffee / cocktail table with a rectangular top
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Cathedral City, CA
1960s round oak ceruse finish coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Edward Wormley "Long John" Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Long John" bench/table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar with slat-style top, turned edge and great
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Teak

Elliptical coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Uccle, BE
Large elliptical-shaped coffee table, the black laminate (formica) top surrounded by wood. The top
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Large Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful, large coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Constructed with bleached
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Bold Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Bold mahogany coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. USA, circa 1950. Signed with Dunbar tag
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Trapezoid Top Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural trapezoid coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pentagonal Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
All original, signed, Dunbar pentagonal coffee table designed by Edward Wormley. Beautiful patina
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

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
Trapezoid Top Wormley For Dunbar Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Original finish Dunbar trapezoid coffee table. We are also separately offering the end tables from
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Coffee Table
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An early, modernist Edward Wormley for Drexel coffee table in a trapezoid shape made for the
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table, Model 5309
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Rare Edward Wormley design coffee table model 5309 for Dunbar Furniture. Iconic mid-century modern
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

American Modern Brass /Wood/Glass Coffee Table, Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
American Modern Brass /Wood/Glass Coffee Table, Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

"Long John" Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Westport, CT
Introducing the epitome of mid-century elegance: the "Long John" Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Carpathian Elm Coffee Table Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Stamford, CT
A burled triangular top coffee table rising from three walnut legs tipped with brass caps. Designed
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Elm, Walnut

Edward Wormley Brass Stretcher Walnut Coffee Table, C. 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Westport, CT
An exquisite coffee table designed by the renowned Edward Wormley for Dunbar dates back to the
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Interlocking Tables, Coffee / Console
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Buffalo, NY
A rare set of nesting tables designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This set can be arranged
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Laminate, Walnut

Uncommon Edward Wormley for Dunbar Flip Top Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Boynton Beach, FL
Flip top coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. In a dark espresso finish with brass
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail T...

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Green Marble Cocktail Table / Coffee Table, c. 1950s
By Edward Wormley
Located in Deland, FL
The quintessential cocktail table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. A green marble top resting on an
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Stunning Dunbar Edward Wormley Burled Olivewood Octagon Drum Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Dunbar Edward Wormley burled olivewood octagonal columnar table base supporting a thick
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Burl

Early Edward Wormley Dunbar Long Oriental Cork Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Early Edward Wormley Dunbar long oriental cork coffee table. Early green rectangular label attached
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cork

Model 5309 Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Model 5309 rare coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Combination of rosewood and brass with
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

MCM Dunbar Coffee or End Table Square Parsons Style by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous Mid-Century Modern to Modern Dunbar square coffee or end table Parsons’s style with inlaid
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Wormley for Dunbar Style Walnut Coffee Table, 1960s, USA
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful marble-top coffee table in the Wormley for Dunbar style. Marble top has a repaired crack
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Edward Wormley for Dunbar MCM Expandable Lacquered Hunter Green Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar coffee table with pull-out extensions (expands 12" on each end
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany, Lacquer

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

Edward J. Wormley Leather Top & Brass Coffee Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
sophistication. Crafted in the 1950s in the United States, this Mid-Century Modern coffee table embodies the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cork Top Ebonized Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Culver City, CA
Available right now we have this stunning Edward Wormley for Dunbar coffee table. This expertly
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Cork

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rosewood and walnut Square Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar furniture. This piece is timeless. It would easily go from modern to
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rosewood, Walnut

Edward Wormley Coffee Table with Italian Travertine Top 1952 'Signed'
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Parsons style coffee table model No. 5206, base in dark mahogany with inset Italian travertine top
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

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

Edward Wormley Walnut Coffee Table with Stone Inlay for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward Wormley extending coffee table for Dunbar, c.1960s, USA. The walnut table features a brass
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stone, Brass

A Fine Edward Wormley Coffee Table for Dunbar in Exotic Burl
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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

Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Style Inlaid Mosaic Tile Top Walnut Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a good looking mid-century modern walnut coffee table with a single drawer and mosaic tile
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Early Rare Edward Wormley Mahogany Coffee Table, Dunbar Furniture, 1940's
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Culver City, CA
French art deco with the simplicity of mid-century modernism. This gorgeous coffee table would look
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley Sandalwood and Blackened Steel Coffee Table for Dunbar, 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Miami, FL
Rare Edward Wormley designed coffee table with nine inset blackened steel plates on a sandalwood
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Sheaf of Wheat Marble Cocktail / Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1960
By Edward Wormley
Located in Deland, FL
Absolutely gorgeous vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sheaf of Wheat travertine and walnut coffee
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Dunbar Coffee Cocktail Table 1960s Two Tier Brass Tag
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Forest Grove, PA
Coffee or cocktail Table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The opening between the top and
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Sheaf of Wheat Travertine Top Coffee Table by Edward Wormley, C. 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Westport, CT
Vintage "Sheaf of Wheat Coffee Table," a timeless piece designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Dunbar Walnut Coffee or End Table Model # 3374 by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Aramits, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Elegant Dunbar walnut coffee or end table with triangle legs and black polished laminate top, model
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Laminate, Walnut

Coffee Table with Faceted Olive Burl Pedestal Base by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Coffee table No. 6302G with faceted olive burl pedestal base and thick glass top by Edward Wormley
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Burl

Sheaf of Wheat Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Circa 1960
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
piece of mid-century modern furniture. Crafted with exceptional attention to detail, this coffee table
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Occasional Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An interesting and uncommon occasional table on casters having a cruciform structure intersected by
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mosaic Tile Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s, Signed
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
tile inlay coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar would work great in a Mid-Century Modern
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Glass

Pentagonal Janus Coffee Table with Natzler Tiles by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
coffee table, model 5625N, features a pentagonal frame inset with five blue ceramic tiles by Gertrud and
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Walnut

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Mid Century Coffee Table Wormley For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the mid century coffee table wormley you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A mid century coffee table wormley — often made from wood, walnut and metal — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the mid century coffee table wormley you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A mid century coffee table wormley, designed in the Mid-Century Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one mid century coffee table wormley that is appealing in its simplicity, but Edward Wormley, Dunbar and Drexel produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Coffee Table Wormley?

Prices for a mid century coffee table wormley can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $200 and can go as high as $32,250, while the average can fetch as much as $4,000.

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.