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Vintage Coffee Table by Pierre Vandel Brass and Glass
By Pierre Vandel
Located in FR
Midcentury coffee table by Pierre Vandel, Paris, France Makers label Black lacquered metal frame with brass trim Beveled glass top Overall good vintage condition minor scattered ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Beech Glass Vintage Coffee Table, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage coffee table, which features a brown stained beechwood base and a greenish glass top. The sculptural base is in very good vintage condition with little s...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Beech

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

Mid Century Modern Vintage Chromed Glass Manhattan Coffee Table, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
The coffee table has a chromed tube steel base and a black colored glass top with fine scratches. The chromed tubes are shaped like the skyline of Manhattan. All measures are approx...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Oval Glass Top and Black Wood Coffee Table
By Century Furniture
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s oval glass top coffee table with a black wood base. The base is on casters and the table moves freely. The glass is .75” thick and very heavy. There are no marks but it...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

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

Brass Vintage Coffee Table Mid-Century Modern, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
This presented coffee table was designed 1960s and features a curved brass base and a smoked glass top. The brass base has a great brass patina. The smoked glass top has no spots. Th...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Grey White Glass Ceramic Coffee Table c 1970 Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage dark grey and white coffee table, which was made of marbled glass. A ceramic cone features as base and connect the top with the base. The coffee table w...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Smoked Glass, Glass

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 Brass Vintage Coffee Table Manhattan 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
This coffee table shows a brass plated base with smoked glass top. The base of table looks like the skyline from Manhattan. The vintage condition is very good. All measures are appr...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Brass Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee Table with a Smoked Glass Top, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
This coffee table features a brass-plated base with four plastic sabots and a smoked glass top, designed 1970s. This coffee table appears very light and elegant. The condition is ve...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sheaf of Wheat Coffee Table, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
This presented Hollywood Regency coffee table features a gold-plated metal base, which is shaped like a sheaf of wheat. Topped with a colorless glass plate. Very good condition with ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Vintage Metal Flower Bouquet Coffee Table, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Very charming Hollywood regency style coffee or side table shaped like a bouquet of flowers with a round faceted clear glass top. The base is made of burnished metal - copper and go...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Brass Plated Vintage Mid Century Modern Coffee Table Anaconda 1970
By Paul Tuttle
Located in Vienna, AT
A brass plated vintage mid century modern coffee table model Anaconda in the style of Paul Tuttle, Switzerland, circa 1970. Beautiful curved brass plated base with a smoked glass to...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Vintage Modern Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique midcentury coffee table makes a sturdy and stylish centre table for any seating area. The heavy flat bar chrome frame comfortably supports the large square glass top. Won...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Metal Glass Vintage Coffee Table by Knut Hesterberg c 1970
By Knut Hesterberg
Located in Vienna, AT
A sculptural mid century modern vintage metal coffee table, which was designed by Knut Hesterberg and produced by Bacher Tische in Stuttgart. Also the coffee table consists of a pol...
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Vintage 1970s Space Age Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aluminum Coffee Table Knut Hesterberg, 1960s, Germany
By Knut Hesterberg
Located in Vienna, AT
This presented Mid-Century Modern vintage coffee table was designed by Knut Hesterberg 1960s for Ronald Schmitt Germany. The coffee table shows an aluminum base in triangle shape wit...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Boomerang Kidney Walnut Coffee Table
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Sculptural Mid-Century Modern solid walnut base "Boomerang" coffee table designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Item features the original kidney shaped glass top, interlo...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Milo Baughman Style Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pasadena, TX
Chrome and glass coffee table in the style of Milo Baughman. Lovely sculptural chrome base with circular glass top. circa 1960s. Measures: 36" circular glass top 15...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walnut Coffee Table Style Carlo di Carli 1950s
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage walnut coffee table, which was designed in the style of Carlo di Carli 1950s. At the center of the base is a ceramic bowl as a removable insert, which i...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Ceramic, Glass, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Vintage Aluminum Coffee Table by Knut Hesterberg, circa 1964
By Knut Hesterberg
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage coffee table or side table, which was made out of polished aluminium. The designer Knut Hesterberg designed this coffee table circa 1964 and the piece w...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Live Edge Drift Wood Glass Top Burl Wood Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage modern glass top burl wood coffee. Item details stunning one of a kind driftwood base, and round glass top, circa early-mid 20th century. Measurements: 14" H x 36" W x 36" D;...
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Early 20th Century American Rustic Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Driftwood

Mid-Century Modern Steel Vintage Coffee Table by François Monnet France 1970s
By François Monnet
Located in Vienna, AT
This presented high quality vintage coffee table was made of brushed stainless steel with an integrated clear glass top in best original condition. The coffee table shows a clear and...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Stainless Steel

Scandinavian Modern Vintage Teak Glass Coffee Table Denmark, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
A Scandinavian Modern vintage teak coffee table, which shows a geometric base construction with a clear glass top ( thickness 0.39 in ). All measures are approximate.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Teak, Glass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Teak Wood Coffee Table by Illum Wikkelso, circa 1960
By Illum Wikkelsø
Located in Vienna, AT
A sculptural mid century modern teak coffee table, which was designed by Illum Wikkelso in Denmark, circa 1960. The table base was made out of teak wood shaped and topped with a clea...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Vintage Modern Coffee Table with Octagonal Bevelled Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This decorative brass finish coffee table features an octagonal bevelled glass top on sturdy and ornate metal base. Unique style adds elegant vintage flare to any interior. Please co...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Maple Tree Coffee Table by Max Kment, Vienna, 1950s
By Kunstgewerbliche Werkstätte Max Kment
Located in Vienna, AT
A Mid-Century Modern vintage maple tree coffee table / side table / sofa table, which was attributed to the Viennese architect Max Kment Kunstgewerbliche Werkstätte, 1950s, Vienna. ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple, Glass

Vintage Modern Curved Jacaranda and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cantilevered coffee table of jacaranda wood with original smoke glass top
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Jacaranda

Mid Century Modern Metal Vintage Coffee Table by Knut Hesterberg 1960s
By Knut Hesterberg
Located in Vienna, AT
A bizarre structural high-quality mid century modern vintage coffee table by Knut Hesterberg, which was made out of polished aluminum base and an oval clear glass top. Produced by Ro...
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Vintage 1960s German Space Age Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Wood Coffee Table by Max Kment, Vienna, Austria 1955
By Max Kment
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage wood coffee table or side table by Viennese designer Max Kment and executed by Kunstgewerbliche Werkstätten Max Kment. Coffee table from maple tree and cor...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Cord, Glass

Vintage Paul Evans 'Cityscape' Coffee Table, Mid-Century, American
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
This vintage Paul Evans 'Cityscape' coffee table features the designer's signature polished chrome patchwork base with a thick, square glass top. The cubist base is signed by the ico...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Modern Live Edge Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique Mid-Century Modern style coffee table featuring a live edge base with a boomerang shaped glass top. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ).
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cut Glass

  • Vintage Modern Live Edge Coffee Table
  • Vintage Modern Live Edge Coffee Table
  • Vintage Modern Live Edge Coffee Table
  • Vintage Modern Live Edge Coffee Table
H 15 in. W 55 in. D 28 in.
Vintage Modern Lacquered Base Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish sculptural modern coffee table features textured lacquer paint finish and specially cut glass to fit the four post design of this vintage goatskin style base. Unique mid...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lacquer

  • Vintage Modern Lacquered Base Coffee Table
  • Vintage Modern Lacquered Base Coffee Table
  • Vintage Modern Lacquered Base Coffee Table
  • Vintage Modern Lacquered Base Coffee Table
H 15.75 in. W 51.75 in. D 30 in.
Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Coffee Table in the style of Romeo Rega Italy
By Romeo Rega
Located in Vienna, AT
This clear and elegant coffee table in the style of Romeo Rega was made of solid brass and chromed metal also topped with clear glass top (thickness 0.39 in - 1 cm). All measures are...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Vintage Glass-Topped Driftwood Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This one of a kind coffee table features a base of intertwined driftwood and a glass top for a unique look. The well-preserved wooden base brings a small piece of nature into any hom...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Driftwood

  • Vintage Glass-Topped Driftwood Coffee Table
  • Vintage Glass-Topped Driftwood Coffee Table
  • Vintage Glass-Topped Driftwood Coffee Table
  • Vintage Glass-Topped Driftwood Coffee Table
H 14.5 in. W 42.5 in. D 42.5 in.
Vintage Modern Burl, Brass, and Glass Coffee Table by Lane
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish vintage modern coffee table by Lane features golden burl wood finish with unique brass finish details. Complimentary black lacquer base features elegant down lighting fo...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Vintage Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
Located in Lyon, FR
This vintage coffee table is made of chrome with two glass tiers.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

  • Vintage Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
  • Vintage Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
  • Vintage Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
  • Vintage Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
H 13.78 in. W 20.48 in. D 39.38 in.
1960s Vintage Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A beautifully designed vintage coffee table from the 1960s-1970s. This has a top quality chrome frame, with a loose circular glass top. The condition is excellent for its age, the fr...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Iron and Glass Diamond Coffee Table
Located in South Salem, NY
An iron base and glass top Mid-Century cocktail table. Glass measurements 26" x 26".
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

1970s Vintage Steel and Glass Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A stunning vintage coffee table dating from circa 1970s. This has a beautiful solid brushed steel spider shaped base. The glass top that sits on the base is extremely thick and heavy...
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

1950s Vintage French Brass & Glass Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A smart and elegant vintage French coffee table in brass and glass, this dates from the 1950s-1960s. It has just the right amount of wear, with a beautiful patina, this table is stur...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Unique Vintage Modern Three-Tier Swiveling Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Very unusual vintage modern three-tier coffee/cocktail table. Chrome frame with three circular glass inserts which serve as tabletops. The two smaller tiers swivel allowing for an in...
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Rectangular Brass and Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s rectangular brass and glass top coffee table. Minimal wear to the glass and the table is sturdy. No marks.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Vintage Modern Coffee Table Attributed to Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Well crafted octagonal coffee table attributed to Milo Baughman features heavy weight chrome and glass top. Perfect center table for home or business seating area. Please confirm ite...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Two-Tier Glass and Brass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unusual vintage coffee table with two tiers of glass tabletops, and a brass base. Sure to be a nice addition to any modern interior. Please confirm item location.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

1970s Vintage Glass and Acrylic Coffee / Side Table
Located in London, GB
A stylish and beautiful vintage coffee table / side table. Most likely made in Italy, this dates from the 1970’s. It has a thick, clear acrylic frame with brass plated trim, and t...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Acrylic

Vintage Round Iron Chain Link Glass Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Heavy solid iron stud chain has been skilfully welded to create a perfectly symmetrical round coffee table with four legs. Glass top insets to create the table surface. Condition:...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Vintage Brutalist Glass Coffee Table by Silas Seandel
By Silas Seandel
Located in Burbank, CA
Vintage Brutalist coffee table designed by Silas Seandel in the United States, circa 1970s. This wonderful coffee table has an unusual design on the base. It's formed with four separ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Vintage "Swirl" Glass Coffee Table by Daniel Gluck
By Daniel Gluck
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage “Swirl” glass coffee table designed by California artist Daniel Gluck in United States, circa 1960s. This beautiful piece has a bold and avant-garde design, features...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Vintage 2 Tier Coffee Table in Chrome and Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful two tier coffee table in polished chrome and glass top, bottom glass has reverse painted black glass and the top has a clear glass top. The table sits low to the ground wi...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Modern Chrome and Glass Cocktail Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This simple modern coffee table features vintage chrome finish and rectangular glass top. Perfect size and shape for home or business seating area. Please confirm item location (NY o...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Italian Glass, Brass & Acrylic Coffee Table Vintage, 1970’s
Located in London, GB
A very stylish, beautiful and large vintage coffee table. Most likely made in Italy, this dates from the 1970’s. It has a thick, clear acrylic frame with brass plated trim, and tw...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Vintage Square Bicolor Brass and Chrome Coffee Table 1970s
By Romeo Rega, Maison Jansen
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Stunning large bicolour / bicolor square centre coffee or oversized side / end table with smoked glass table top "floating" on a curved polished brass frame supported on large, overs...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Chrome, Metal

1970s Vintage Chrome Brass and Glass Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A stunning vintage coffee table dating from the 1970s. It has a beautifully designed frame made from brass and chrome plated steel. We have had the toughened clear glass top newly...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Chrome

Vintage Chrome and Glass Coffee Table after Pace
By Pace Collection
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This uniquely angular coffee table features impressive Mid-Century style with quality chrome and glass construction. Thick glass top and sled legs are protected and accented by heavy...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

1970s Vintage Glass and Acrylic Coffee / Side Table
Located in London, GB
A stylish and beautiful vintage coffee table, this has an acrylic frame with brass-plated trim, and two glass tiers. It’s in lovely condition for its age, with only some extremely mi...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Acrylic

Elegant Vintage Wrought Iron Coffee Table with a Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern coffee table features exquisite scroll detail and a lovely brass colored finish. A sleek design with a large circular glass top and splayed legs. A v...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

Vintage Square Snail Style Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Kansas City, MO
Completely original and in very good condition, ready to use. Square glass with soft corners. Beautiful example of this design.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
Located in Burbank, CA
A unique vintage coffee table manufactured in the United States, circa 1970s. Features a beautiful bronze base with a glass top.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
H 15.75 in. W 72 in. D 36 in.
Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
Located in Burbank, CA
Beautiful vintage bronze coffee table designed and manufactured in the United States, circa 1970s. More than a piece of furniture, this table can be used as a fantastic decoration, f...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bronze

  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
  • Vintage Bronze Coffee Table
H 16.75 in. W 36 in. D 36 in.
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Mid Century Modern Glass Vintage Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century modern glass vintage coffee table available at 1stDibs. Each mid century modern glass vintage coffee table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, metal and brass. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mid century modern glass vintage coffee table — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A mid century modern glass vintage coffee table, designed in the Mid-Century Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one mid century modern glass vintage coffee table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Knut Hesterberg, Charles Hollis Jones and Daniel Gluck produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Glass Vintage Coffee Table?

Prices for a mid century modern glass vintage coffee table start at $495 and top out at $21,270 with the average selling for $2,400.

Finding the Right Coffee Tables 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.