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Mid-Century French Metal and Glass Coffee Table
Located in High Point, NC
A minimalist metal coffee table with a glass top from 20th century France. True to mid-century aesthetics, this sharply designed coffee table is constructed with a light but sturdy t...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

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H 17.7 in. W 43.7 in. D 23.8 in.
Mid-Century Modern Metal & Glass Coffee Table
By Design Institute America
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Interesting glass-top mid-century coffee table. Designed by Design Institute of America (DIA). (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Coffee Table, Metal and Glass, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian coffee table, metal and glass, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Metal and Glass Coffee Table 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
This Mid-Century Modern vintage chromed metal and glass coffee table / side table shows a greenish glass top. Three curved metal feet connected with two screws form the base. The v...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

French Mid-Century Red Glass and Black Metal Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
French Mid-Century Modern (1950s) ebonized metal coffee table with an irregularly-shaped top with inset red glass and a pedestal base with two swivel shelves.
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Mid-20th Century French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Metal Glass Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A mid-century coffee table in great condition, this table features a half-inch beveled oval clear glass in a good condition that sitting on an eye-catching perforated design polished...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Aluminum

Mid-Century Metal Floral Base Round Glass Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century coffee table with painted shaped metal floral base and circular glass top.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Minimalistic Metal and Glass Coffee Table, the Netherlands
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Black metal minimalistic frame with magazine rack and a bubbled glass top. Design from the Netherlands in the 1950s.    
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Style Colored Glass Metal and Brass Italian Coffee Table
Located in Madrid, ES
Contemporary Italian coffee table. Cylindrical structure made of black lacquered metal and solid brass details. Composed of concave blue colored mirror and clear glass on top.  
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Style Colored Glass Metal and Brass Italian Coffee Table
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Contemporary Italian coffee table. Cylindrical structure made of black lacquered metal and brass details. Composed of concave orange colored mirror and clear glass on top.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century G. Reggiani Glass and Chrome Metal Round Coffee Table, Italy 70s
By Goffredo Reggiani
Located in Palermo, IT
Stylish circular coffee table with double top in smoked glass with curved tubular support in chromed steel. The upper shelf, with a larger diameter than the lower one, has a circular...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome, Metal

Seandel Style Marc Creates Mid Century Brutalist Metal and Glass Coffee Table
By Marc Creates, Silas Seandel
Located in Countryside, IL
Seandel Style Marc Creates Mid Century Brutalist Metal and Glass Coffee Table This table measures: 42 wide x 42 deep x 16.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in wh...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Metal Faux-coral Twig Coffee Table, Beveled Glass Top
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern metal faux-coral twig coffee table, beveled glass top Offered is a Mid-Century Modern metal Faux-coral or twig coffee table with a gesso finish and a round beve...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail T...

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Vintage Metal Glass Coffee Table, Italy, 1970´s
Located in Vienna, AT
This presented pair of matching vintage brassed and chromed metal side tables were designed and executed in Italy circa 1970. The base was manufactured of brassed and chromed metal a...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid Century, Brutalist Coffee Table, Patinated Metal Frame and Smoked Glass Top
Located in Zagreb, HR
Rare Brutalist mid century large size centre table featuring smoked glass tabletop and very heavy iron frame and legs with a nice patina finish Unknown provenance This is a vin...
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Late 20th Century European Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Maison Jansen Mixed Metal and Plate Glass Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Montreal, QC
This two tier coffee table is supported by four brass and burnished steel uprights, each with a lobed acorn finial, The upper tier is clear plate glass, the lower (and smaller) is fi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Regency Style Italian Gilt Metal And Marble Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a mid-century Regency style gilt metal and marble coffee table with glass top. The base plinth is 21.5” L x 13” W. Glass is 51.25” L x 27.5” W. Base is 41”L x 19.5” W x 16” H...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Metal

3 Similar Faux Bamboo Gilt Metal and Glass Coffee Tables
Located in New York, NY
3 similar faux bamboo (1940s) gilt metal coffee tables with three legs trimmed with metal leaves and round glass tops. (priced each).     
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Mid-20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Set of Three Mid-Century Metal and Glass Black Coffee Tables with Hairpin Legs
Located in Schagen, NL
These coffee tables are stackable but can also be used next to each other. Some resemblance with designs of Arnold Buena de Mesquita and Sapority. They feature a black metal frame wi...
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Mid-20th Century European Minimalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Milo Baughman Style Mid-Century Modern Metal and Glass Square Coffee Side Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-Century Modern square coffee table featuring a tubular polished chrome frame with brass plated end caps. Top tier has a removable clear glass insert and bottom tier has a removab...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brassed Metal Glass Swiveling Coffee Table circa 1970
Located in Vienna, AT
The Mid-Century Modern brassed metal and smoked glass coffee table shows two swiveling plates with the maximum width of 140 cm, if you unfold both plates. Very good overall conditio...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern propeller shaped metal base and a thick round glass top is sure to make an impression in any modern interior. An elegant design that boasts a tripod base w...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Faux Bamboo Glass and Gilt Metal Coffee Table
Located in Redding, CT
Faux bamboo glass and gilt metal coffee table. Elegant and sleek designer coffee table with rounded glass corners. Perfect for that designer living room.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Faux Gilt Metal Scrollwork and Glass Coffee Table
By Jean Royère, Gilbert Poillerat
Located in New York, NY
Glamorous Art Deco, Hollywood Regency coffee table of metal and glass. The table has a metal scrollwork base with original beveled plate glass insert top. We believe this example is ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Wild Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Metal Base Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This amazing vintage modern coffee table boasts a thick circular glass top with beveled edges. Sleek design with a scribble shaped, sculped metal base. This lovely table makes the pe...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Midcentury Francois Monnet Metal and Glass Coffee Table
By François Monnet
Located in Washington, DC
Metal coffee table with glass top designed by Francois Monnet French, 1950
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Contemporary Painted Metal Faux Bamboo and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The contemporary coffee table is made of a glass top and faux bamboo metal "x" form tubing enhanced by alternating sections of silver and gold paint. The tubing is bolted to a centre...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Sliver Glass Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary mid-century modern round glass coffee table is in good condition and is hand-crafted out of metal and glass combination. This fabulous vintage coffee table feature...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Brassed Metal Vintage Coffee Table Sofa Table 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage coffee table or sofa table circular like from brassed metal and smoked glass top 1960s. The sophisticated and elegant sofa table or coffee table in brassed...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in North York, ON
Vintage Mid-Century Modern glass top coffee table. Featuring sleek black metal beams supported by brass and silver leaf columns. Original glass has minor scratches consistent with ag...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Gold Leaf

Hans Kögl Gilt and Glass Floral Coffee Table, Mid-Century Modern
By Hans Kögl
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Much sought after and imaginatively stunning late midcentury coffee / side table, possibly early 1970’s. Created by well known German designer Hans Kögl. Sophisticated and elegantly ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table Chromed Metal Smoked Glasstop, Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
This presented coffee table or sofa table was designed and made circa 1970 in Germany. The three-legged chromed metal base features a curved shape and is fixed in the middle with chr...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Vintage Metal, Wicker and Glass Coffee Table, the Netherlands
Located in Steenwijk, NL
The design of this table shows similarities to the designs and productions of Janni van Pelt, Martin Visser and/or Rohé. It does have scratches to the darker smoked glass top from us...
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Gilt Metal Adjustable Coffee Table, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian sofa or coffee table with three round smoked glass surfaced platforms mounted in Gilt Metal rings. The adjustable two smaller rings allow you to place the...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Paolo Piva Style Metal and Smoked Glass Coffee Table
By Paolo Piva
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Italian coffee table in the style of Paolo Piva for B & B Italia, features black metal frame with a smoked glass top, circa 1980s.  
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Rectangular Coffee Table with Metal Structure and Glass Top
Located in Miami, FL
New rectangular coffee table with metal structure and glass top. You can choose the color The price includes the glass.
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

1970s French Metal Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in High Point, NC
A metal coffee table with glass top from France, produced circa 1970. A minimalist, low-slung coffee table featuring a slender metallic frame and thick, glass table top. The clean li...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

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H 14.4 in. W 48.8 in. D 19.7 in.
1960s Coffee Table Metal, Glass, Opaline, Brass, France
Located in Girona, ES
Original coffee table, black lacquered metal structure, glass, black opaline and brass hardware, magazine rack. France, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Janni Van Pelt Round Coffee Table in White Metal and Glass
By Janni Van Pelt
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Janni Van Pelt, coffee table, glass and white metal, the Netherlands, circa 1958. Round coffee table in white coated metal and glass designed by Janni van Pelt. This table is a vari...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chrome Glass Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage 1970s mid-century modern chrome glass coffee table in the Style of Milo Baughman that has been restored by our team of expert craftsmen. This fabulous cocktail table featur...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel, Chrome, Metal

Janni Van Pelt Round Coffee Table in Black Metal and Glass
By Janni Van Pelt
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Janni Van Pelt, coffee table, glass and black metal, the Netherlands, circa 1958. Round coffee table in black coated metal and glass. This table is a variation on Janni Van Pelts ...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Midcentury Glass Top Coffee Table with Classical Gilt Metal Frame
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury glass top coffee or cocktail table with a classical style frame in gilt metal. The piece is reminiscent of the style of Maison Jansen and is in great vintage condition wit...
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Mid-20th Century Neoclassical Revival Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

1970s Warren Platner Modern Round Coffee Table Metal Wire and Glass
By Warren Platner
Located in National City, CA
Coffee table 1970s Warren Platner elegant modern round coffee table. Designed with metal wire and a glass top. Vintage presentation with patina. Unmarked, attribution Warren Platn...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Pair of Italian Coffee Table, Golden Metal and Smoked Glass, 1970s
Located in Palermo, PA
Pair of Italian coffee table, golden metal and smoked glass, 1970s. Dimensions: H= 52 cm; W= 50 cm; D= 38 cm.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
Located in Weesp, NL
Elegant Mid-Century Modern coffee table Great architectural designed coffee table with a thick smoke glass top which rests on a metal frame which is supported by four chrome-plated...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

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H 16.54 in. W 22.05 in. D 57.88 in.
Fabulous Silas Seandel Style Brutalist Mixed Metal Nail Coffee Table Mid-Century
By Ray Berger
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Silas Seandel style Brutalist mixed metal nail coffee table with thick 3/4" glass top. This piece was actually made by an artist who worked and created award winning metal s...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

French Metal Faux Bois Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
French, metal faux bois glass top coffee table.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Janni Van Pelt Coffee Table in White Metal and Glass
By Janni Van Pelt
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Janni Van Pelt, coffee table, glass and white metal, the Netherlands, circa 1958. Round coffee table in white coated metal and glass. This table is a variation on Janni Van Pelt's ...
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Cassina LC 10 Glass and Metal Low Coffee Table Rectangle
By Cassina
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Cassina LC 10 glass and metal low coffee table rectangle 46” x 30” on a black metal and chrome leg base. Labeled and stamped. Located in Brooklyn NYC.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Cassina LC 10 Glass and Metal Low Coffee Table Square
By Cassina
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Cassina LC 10 glass and metal low coffee table square 24” square on a black metal and chrome leg base. Labeled and stamped. Located in Brooklyn NYC.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Stylish Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique circular coffee table features brass-plated chrome finish with heavy Mid-Century construction, and an inlaid glass top. Elegant modern design makes this a stylish additio...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Maison Jansen French Mid-Century Ebonized Gilt Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
French mid-century (1940s) ebonized wooden coffee table with gilt painted trim, an inset gold glass top with geometric pattern, and four tapered square legs ending in brass sabots. (...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Bronze

Warren Platner Mid-Century Coffee Table
By Warren Platner
Located in Countryside, IL
Warren Platner mid-century coffee table. This coffee table measures: 36 wide x 36 deep x 15.5 inches high. All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

  • Warren Platner Mid-Century Coffee Table
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H 15.5 in. W 36 in. D 36 in.
New Round Coffee Table with Metal Structure and Glass Top
Located in Miami, FL
New round coffee table with metal structure and glass top.
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Coffee Table
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Amazing coffee or side table - a dark stained tapered wood slab intersects a bent tapered wood form and is supported by painted metal "legs". The lower slab has a cutout with a glass...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

  • Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Coffee Table
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H 15 in. W 52 in. D 19.5 in.
Mid-20th Century French Hand Forged Iron and Custom Water Glass Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-20th century French hand forged iron and custom water glass coffee table. This hand forged iron table is quite elegant with its lovely slim legs and simple feet. It touts a text...
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Mid-20th Century French Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Rare Janni van Pelt Coffee Table in Black Coated Metal and Glass
By Janni Van Pelt
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Janni van Pelt, coffee table, enameled metal, textured glass, plastic, The Netherlands, 1950s This unique coffee table by Janni van Pelt features a round textured glass top with a c...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Colorful Mosaic and Brass Coffee Table
By Berthold Muller
Located in Weesp, NL
Colorful mosaic and brass coffee table by the artist Berthold Muller. All of Berthold Muller's creations are unique. The mosaic tiles are arrayed in a beautiful abstract design, remi...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte Glass Slab and Metal Coffee Side Table
By Pietro Chiesa, Fontana Arte
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1940s modernist glass and metal coffee table by Pietro Chiesa for the renowned Italian manufacturer Fontana Arte. This rectangular coffee table, with its "scalpellato" edging,...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Midcentury Brass and Black Metal Rectangular Coffee Table with Smoked Glass 1970
By Maison Jansen
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury mirrored brass and smoked glass coffee table. This fantastic piece was designed in Italy during the 1970s and is attributed to the Maison Jansen. This two-tier...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Metal

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

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal mid century metal and glass coffee table for your home. Each mid century metal and glass coffee table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, glass and brass. Find 1023 options for an antique or vintage mid century metal and glass coffee table now, or shop our selection of 9 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century metal and glass coffee table — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century metal and glass coffee table, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one mid century metal and glass coffee table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Paolo Piva, B&B Italia and Paul Evans produced versions that are worth a look.

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

The average selling price for a mid century metal and glass coffee table at 1stDibs is $2,060, while they’re typically $208 on the low end and $89,000 for the highest priced.

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 American 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence 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.

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

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

Finding the Right Coffee and Cocktail Tables for You

As a practical focal point in your living area, antique and vintage coffee tables and cocktail tables are an invaluable addition to any interior.

Low tables that were initially used as tea tables or coffee tables have been around since at least the mid- to late-1800s. Early coffee tables surfaced in Victorian-era England, likely influenced by the use of tea tables in Japanese tea gardens. In the United States, furniture makers worked to introduce low, long tables into their offerings as the popularity of coffee and “coffee breaks” took hold during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

It didn’t take long for coffee and cocktail tables to become a design staple and for consumers to recognize their role in entertaining no matter what beverages were being served. Originally, these tables were as simple as they are practical — as high as your sofa and made primarily of wood. In recent years, however, metal, glass and plastics have become popular in coffee and cocktail tables, and design hasn’t been restricted to the conventional low profile, either.

Visionary craftspeople such as Paul Evans introduced bold, geometric designs that challenge the traditional idea of what a coffee table can be. The elongated rectangles and wide boxy forms of Evans’s desirable Cityscape coffee table, for example, will meet your needs but undoubtedly prove imposing in your living space.

If you’re shopping for an older coffee table to bring into your home — be it an antique Georgian-style coffee table made of mahogany or walnut with decorative inlays or a classic square mid-century modern piece comprised of rosewood designed by the likes of Ettore Sottsass — there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Both the table itself and what you put on it should align with the overall design of the room, not just by what you think looks fashionable in isolation. According to interior designer Tamara Eaton, the material of your vintage coffee table is something you need to consider. “With a glass coffee table, you also have to think about the surface underneath, like the rug or floor,” she says. “With wood and stone tables, you think about what’s on top.”

Find the perfect centerpiece for any room, no matter what your personal furniture style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee and cocktail tables today.