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Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nicely designed tables with walnut grain, sculpted legs, shelf and turned edges. Danish modern style that is great for home or office. (Please confirm item location NY or NJ with ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

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H 20 in. W 30 in. D 22 in.
EARL Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bedside Table
By Chris Earl
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Open up its two floating slow closing drawers to stow away all your bedside essentials. This nightstand is solid wood constructed, with turned legs, and handcut joints. Wood optio...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Ash, Oak, Walnut

  • EARL Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bedside Table
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H 23.5 in. W 14 in. D 17.5 in.
Swedish Bench or Side Table in Pine by Sven Larsson
By Sven Larsson
Located in Karlstad, SE
Sven Larsson is one of the Swedish pioneers of the robust pine furniture era that started in the late 1960s and grew popular in the 1970s. With a great feeling for detail and quality...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Pine

  • Swedish Bench or Side Table in Pine by Sven Larsson
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  • Swedish Bench or Side Table in Pine by Sven Larsson
  • Swedish Bench or Side Table in Pine by Sven Larsson
H 14.18 in. W 35.44 in. D 19.69 in.
Pair of Side Tables Mosaic Brass and Malachite by Stan Usel
By Stan Usel 1
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind studio built pair of side table in mosaic brass with inlaid malachite by Stan Usel. Left and right. Exceptional craftsmanship. All pieces can be custom-made to order. ...
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2010s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Malachite, Brass

'3' Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Hexagon Stacking Tables by Hans Andersen
By Hans C. Andersen
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
(3) Midcentury Danish modern teak hexagon stacking tables by Hans Andersen. Solid teak with black Formica tops. Beautiful woodworking and design. (1) Set of 3 stacking stools rare. V...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Formica, Teak

Pair of Harvey Probber Terrazzo and Dark Walnut Tables
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hollywood, FL
The octagonal terrazzo top with inlaid banding above splayed dark walnut legs.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Terrazzo, Wood

Rosewood Top Black Lacquer Base with Cane Shelf Side Coffee Table
By John Stuart, George Nelson
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern rectangular shape rosewood end table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Cane, Hardwood, Rosewood

French Round Sycamore Wood Coffee or Side Table in Style of Andre Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in Chicago, IL
Round French coffee table or side table in the style of Andre Arbus. Sycamore veneer sun burst decorative top and with solid Sycamore legs with applied decorative motifs to the legs....
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Sycamore

Maison Bagues Three-Tiered Bronze Side Table
By Maison Baguès
Located in San Francisco, CA
A chic, bamboo-motif, hexagonal, side-table in patinated bronze with three tiers of smoked glass, France, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Bedside Tables with Formica Tops, 1970s, Set of Two
By Západoslovenské nábytkárské závody
Located in Zbiroh, CZ
This pair of wooden bedside tables features white Formica tops. One of the pieces comprises a single drawer, the other one is fixed. In original, but very good condition. Manufacture...
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Vintage 1960s Slovakian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Formica, Wood

  • Bedside Tables with Formica Tops, 1970s, Set of Two
  • Bedside Tables with Formica Tops, 1970s, Set of Two
  • Bedside Tables with Formica Tops, 1970s, Set of Two
  • Bedside Tables with Formica Tops, 1970s, Set of Two
H 24.41 in. W 22.84 in. D 14.18 in.
Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, 1960s
By M. Požár
Located in Prague, CZ
Perfect toilet table to your room. In very perfect condition. Made in Czechoslovakia in 1960s in UP Zavody – Bucovice / Rousinov. Every piece in middle century had own designer. Th...
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, 1960s
  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, 1960s
  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, 1960s
  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, 1960s
H 29.53 in. W 47.25 in. D 15.75 in.
Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, White
By M. Požár
Located in Prague, CZ
Perfect toilet table to your room. In very perfect condition. Made in Czechoslovakia in 1960s in UP Zavody, Bucovice / Rousinov. Every piece in middle century had own designer. Thi...
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, White
  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, White
  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, White
  • Console Table by Mojmir Pozar for UP Zavody, White
H 29.53 in. W 47.25 in. D 15.75 in.
Martin Perfit for Rene Brancusi Terrazzo Top Occasional Table with Strut Base
By Martin Perfit, Rene Brancusi
Located in San Diego, CA
Criss-cross tripod base with terrazzo top side table by Martin Perfit for Rene Brancusi Inc, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Midcentury Brass and Wood Side Table, 1940s
Located in Savona, IT
Italian manufacture table produced in the 1940s. Wooden top and mirrored glass. Shaped wooden stem. Brass foot. Good general conditions, some signs due to normal use over time. ...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Brass

White Molded Acrylic Three-Sided Table Lamp
By Neal Small
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Striking white molded three-sided acrylic table lamp with chrome fasteners by Neal Small Design, Inc., circa 1968.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Modern White Glass Side, Nesting, or Stacking Tables
By Saporiti
Located in New York, NY
A set of two (2) Modern style or Mid-Century Modern period nesting/stacking or side tables with small tubular white enamel metal frames and circular glass tops, circa 1960s. Table fr...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Charles Hollis Jones Solid Brass and Lucite Side Tables "Metric Collection"
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful set of side tables in solid brass and Lucite designed and manufactured in the 1960s by Charles Hollis Jones as part of his Metric collection. The tables are in very good...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Charles Hollis Jones Solid Brass and Lucite Side Tables "Metric Collection"
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful set of side tables in solid brass and Lucite designed and manufactured in the 1960s by Charles Hollis Jones as part of his Metric collection. The tables are in very good...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Nesting Tables in Teak and Brass
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful kidney-shaped nesting tables in teak by unknown Swedish manufacturer, 1950s. These tables are made with a high sense of quality design. Condition: The tables are in a ve...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage Mid-Century Modern round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces we curren...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces we have currently...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table in good condition. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of three pieces.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table in good condition. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

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

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Metal

Pair of Tall Side Tables or Pedestals by Charles Hollis Jones
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful set of tall side tables or pedestals in Lucite and solid brass by Charles Hollis Jones. The tables are newly manufactured and are in excellent condition, we have two sets,...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Pedestals

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Brass

Pair of Tall Side Tables or Pedestals by Charles Hollis Jones
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful set of tall side tables or pedestals in Lucite and solid brass by Charles Hollis Jones. The tables are newly manufactured and are in excellent condition, we have two sets,...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Pedestals

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Brass

Midcentury Brass French Adjustable Table Mirror with a Two-Sides Stand, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful midcentury brass table mirror, the article was produced in France during the 1950s. This amazing piece is made of brass with an adjustable two-sides stand. It is a wo...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors

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Brass

Table Mirror, Brass and Tortoise Plexiglass, Double-Sided Vanity, Italy 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Table mirror in tortoise plexiglass. Italy 1970s, in the style of Christian Dior. Adjustable double-sided. One side of the mirror shows the signs of aging, the other is excellent.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors

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Brass

Mid-Century ModWicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table 'D'
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 stools that we have collec...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid Century Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table in good condition. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship to a scheme. This is one ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cane, Wicker

Mid Century Wicker and Cane Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces we currently have...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Midcentury Heywood Wakefield #1502 Maple Nightstands End Side Tables
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of midcentury Heywood Wakefield M1502 Maple low nightstands lamp end sofa tables in original blonde maple finish. Original finish Vintage condition. Very delicate desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Maple

1960s Modern Milo Baughman Style Chrome and Stone Side Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Richmond, VA
Offered is a sophisticated and elegant, 1960s Milo Baughman style chrome and stone side table. The polished chrome frame has thick banding and legs, complimented by a polished white ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Stone, Chrome

Plettro Side Table
By Germano Marchetti
Located in Barcelona, ES
Plettro is a contemporary side table. This version has black laqueered legs and a brushed brass top. It's named after the guitar plectrum shape of the stone. Plettro side table has ...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble

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H 17.72 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Plettro Side Table
By Germano Marchetti
Located in Barcelona, ES
Plettro is a contemporary side table in etimoe wood with a red cheguin marble top. It's named after the guitar plectrum shape of the stone. Plettro side table has Sputnik legs that ...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble

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H 23.63 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Florence Knoll Side Table with Drawer
By Florence Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
Very rare side table with drawer by Florence Knoll for Knoll International . Lit : signed Knoll International , Stuttgart Knoll International Sales Catalogue , 1959.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

  • Florence Knoll Side Table with Drawer
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H 14.97 in. W 19.69 in. D 19.69 in.
T07 Contemporary Side Table with Steam Bent Legs by Jason Lewis Furniture
By Jason Lewis Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
The T07 is a small side or occasional table in solid walnut. The tripod base structure is formed from three steam bent legs branching out from a central pedestal. The design referenc...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Sergio Rodrigues Exotic Wood Side Tables or Coffee Tables
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A collection of five exotic wood cubes and rectangles that can be used as side tables, coffee tables and even stools, designed by Sergio Rodrigues. Priced individually: Large $1...
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Midcentury Wood Stool or Side Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury wood stool or side table.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood

Mid Century Side Table
Located in Dallas, TX
A fantastic mid century side table with spindle legs and a corian top. Well constructed. Signed "CP" on underside.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood, Corian

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H 17 in. Dm 16 in.
Italian Mid-Century Side Table
Located in Austin, TX
Side table - Italian mid-century side table with Pietra Verde marble tiers and a solid brass structure. The top is the original glass.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble, Brass

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H 20.25 in. Dm 23.5 in.
Italian Mid-Century Side Table and Magazine Stand
Located in New York, NY
Unique Italian mid-century side table also serving as a magazine rack. The frame is made of wood and holds 2 clear glass shelves and a blue mirrored glass top. Condition: Excell...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood, Glass

Mid Century Side Table or Glazed Cabinet, Czechoslovakia, 1960´s
By Up Závody
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Mid century side table or glazed cabinet, made by ÚP Závody in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. Made in a combination of ash, elm, walnut, birch and mahogany. Glazed upper par...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut, Ash, Birch, Elm, Mahogany

Pair of Midcentury Modern Side Tables Designed by Lane, Acclaim Series
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of Midcentury Modern side tables designed by Lane, Acclaim series. Walnut with oak accent trim, basket weave drawers and nicely sculpted legs with chrome details, American, cr...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

Beautiful Mid-Century Side Table or End Table by Monteverdi Young
By Monteverdi-Young
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful and solid Mid-Century side table by Monteverdi Young.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Pair of Mid-Century Side Tables by Severin Hansen Danish, Circa 1950
By Severin Hansen
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
A pair of mid-century side tables by Severin Hansen for Haslev Møbelsnedkeri. Danish rosewood. Dimensions: H 50 cm, W 59 cm, D 35 cm Origin: Danish Date: Circa 1950 Item...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Side Table
Located in Austin, TX
Round side table from France made of stained beech wood with a tripod base. We love the lustrous French polish finish. The top is a clear glass.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Glass, Beech

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H 18 in. Dm 23 in.
Mid-Century Side Table, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of wood Original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

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H 18.51 in. W 20.87 in. D 12.21 in.
Continental Mid-Century Side Tables
Located in Houston, TX
Table tops are done from fine walnut wood, lightly polished. Bottom is decorated with 3 chrome elements, creating a base. Measures: 27.5” W x 24” H Condition is perfect. Restor...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

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  • Continental Mid-Century Side Tables
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H 24 in. W 27.5 in. D 27.5 in.
Mid-Century Side Table, 1990's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Germany Made of glass, brass With aged patina Re-polished Original condition.
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1990s German Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Side Table, 1990's
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H 20.48 in. W 9.85 in. D 17.33 in.
Mid-Century Side Table, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of oakwood - good original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

  • Mid-Century Side Table, 1960's
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H 26.38 in. W 27.17 in. D 17.33 in.
Mid-Century Side Table in Glass and Chrome
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With a unique geometric chrome frame and a glass top, this side table is elegant and understated. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Side Table from Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960's
By Drevopodnik Holesov
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of oak Original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Oak

Pair of Midcentury Modern Side Tables
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Chrome frame walnut tables with bottom shelf designed by Lane. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).   
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Chrome

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  • Pair of Midcentury Modern Side Tables
H 20 in. W 28.5 in. D 22 in.
Pair of Low Mid-Century Side Tables By Knoll
By Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Two vintage-modern side tables featuring sleek design with Formica wood finish to top and metal base. Manufactured by Knoll. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Italian Pair of Mid-Century Side Tables or Night Stands
By Carlo De Carli
Located in London, GB
A stunning pair of side tables in lacquered wood, silver glass top, two doors, brass feet and handles with original patina. This elegant pair of tables would look stunning in any in...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Lacquer

Pair of Mid-Century Side Tables in Brass and Glass, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of side tables with glass top on a brass frame. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Rosewood Danish Mid-Century Side Table by Vejle Stole and Møbelfabrik, 1960s
By Vejle Stole & Møbelfabrik
Located in London, GB
1960s rosewood side / occasional table designed and made in Denmark by Vejle Stole & Møbelfabrik. Makers stamp on underside of table.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rosewood

Pair of Very Beautiful Italian Mid Century Side Tables Made of Bamboo Wood
Located in München, DE
Pair of very beautiful Italian mid century side or coffee tables made of bamboo wood. Great 1960s Italian high quality design. Both tables are in the same very good vintage conditi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bamboo

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Midcentury Modern Side Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury modern side table available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and glass, every midcentury modern side table was constructed with great care. Find 937 options for an antique or vintage midcentury modern side table now, or shop our selection of 10 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect midcentury modern side table — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A midcentury modern side table made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury modern side table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Andrianna Shamaris, Bodafors and Paul McCobb produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Side Table?

A midcentury modern side table can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,798, while the lowest priced sells for $1 and the highest can go for as much as $250,000.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Side Tables for You

While the range of styles and variety of materials have broadened over time, the priceless functionality of side tables has held true.

Vintage, new and antique side tables are an integral accent to our seating and provide additional, necessary storage in our homes. They can be a great foundation for that perfect focal piece of art that you want all your guests to see as you congregate for cocktails in the living room. Side tables are indeed ideal as a stage for your decorative objects or plants in your library or your study, and they are a practical space for the novel or stack of design magazines you keep close to your sofa.

Sure, owning a pair of side tables isn’t as imperative as having a coffee table in the common area, though most of us would struggle without them. Those made of metal, stone or wood are frequently featured in stylish interiors, and if you’re shopping for side tables, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

With respect to the height of your side tables, a table that is as high as your lounge chair or the arm of your couch is best. Some folks are understandably fussy about coherence in a living room area, but coherence doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t mix and match. Feel free to introduce minimalist mid-century modern wooden side tables designed by Paul McCobb alongside your contemporary metal coffee table. If you think it isn’t possible to pair a Hollywood Regency–style side table with a contemporary sofa, we’re here to tell you that it is. Even a leggy side table can balance a chunky sofa well. Try to keep a limited color palette in mind if you’re planning on mixing furniture styles and materials, and don’t be afraid to add a piece of abstract art to shake things up.

As far as the objects you’re planning to place on your side tables, if you have heavy items such as stone or sculptures to display, a fragile glass-top table would not be an ideal choice. Think about what material would best support your collectibles and go with that. If it’s a particularly small side table, along with a tall, sleek floor lamp, it can make for a great way to fill a corner of the room you wouldn’t otherwise easily be able to populate.

Whether you are looking for an antique 19th-century carved oak side table or a vintage rattan side table (because rattan never went away!), the collection on 1stDibs has you covered.