Skip to main content

Midcentury Small Coffee Tables

Price
Item Location
Sort By
Mid Century Modern Thick Polished Lucite Base Glass Top Square Coffee Table
By Neal Small
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large 42" square top thick polished lucite base Mid-Century Modern coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Small Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Quaint coffee table on the smaller side. It's tapered brass legs give it an elegant look. This has a glass table top covering the wood. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - w...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Rectangle Glass Top Bent Lucite Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
By Neal Small Design Studio
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Sharp Mid-Century Modern bent Lucite glass top coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Neal Small Model 5031 Coffee Cocktail Table, Lucite, 1966, New York
By Neal Small Design Studio, Neal Small
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Self-taught designer and early plastics pioneer, Neal Small (b. 1937) was known as the “Prince of Plastics” in his Chelsea neighbor where he opened up shop in the 1960s. Before he...
Category

Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Live Edge Lucite Base Racetrack Oval Top Coffee Table
By Neal Small, Karl Springer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern oval glass top coffee table on thick Lucite base.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Thick One Piece of Bent Lucite Coffee Table
By Neal Small
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern "Origamy" one piece of bent lucite sheet coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Studio Craft Small Surfboard Shaped Walnut Coffee Table
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern Studio Craft small surfboard shaped solid walnut coffee table. Hand made Circa 1960s American Studio Craft Black Walnut Surfboard shaped coffee table. In the style...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Walnut

Rectangular Glass top Lucite Base Coffee Table
By Pace Collection, Neal Small
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern thick glass top Lucite base coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Small Round Midcentury Teak Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This charming midcentury coffee table features an intricate "weave" style pattern on the side panels. With storage underneath this piece will add both charm and functionality to your...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Teak

  • Small Round Midcentury Teak Coffee Table
  • Small Round Midcentury Teak Coffee Table
  • Small Round Midcentury Teak Coffee Table
  • Small Round Midcentury Teak Coffee Table
H 20.5 in. W 29 in. D 29 in.
Small Live Edge Maple Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This one of a kind coffee table is perfect for any small living room or accent room. Made from maple wood this piece features beautiful grain patterns and a natural warmth that will ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Maple

  • Small Live Edge Maple Coffee Table
  • Small Live Edge Maple Coffee Table
  • Small Live Edge Maple Coffee Table
  • Small Live Edge Maple Coffee Table
H 23 in. W 40.5 in. D 21.5 in.
Bent Lucite Z-Shape Base Thick Glass Top Coffee Table
By Neal Small, Karl Springer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Z-shape compact thick glass top coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Small Square Industrial Metal Coffee Table
Located in Washington, DC
A small square Industrial coffee or side table with rivet decoration.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

  • Small Square Industrial Metal Coffee Table
  • Small Square Industrial Metal Coffee Table
  • Small Square Industrial Metal Coffee Table
  • Small Square Industrial Metal Coffee Table
H 17.75 in. W 23.75 in. D 23.75 in.
Heavy Thick Bent Lucite Propeller Shape Round Glass Top Coffee Table
By Neal Small Design Studio
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern heavy bent and polished lucite glass top coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Small Walnut Coffee Table by Merton Gershun
By American of Martinsville, Merton Gershun
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: USA Designer: Merton Gershun Manufacturer: American of Martinsville Era: 1960s Materials: Walnut Measurements: 36? wide x 19? deep x 13? tall Condition: In excellent...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Walnut

Large Oversized Lucite Base Glass Top Base Coffee Table Rectangular Cut Corner
By Neal Small, Karl Springer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern rectangular cut corner top glass lucite base coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Small Mid Century Table, Made in Czechia, 1950s, Original Condition
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table. Czech midcentury Material: Formica and beech Period: 1950-1959.
Category

Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Formica, Wood, Beech

Small Mid Century Table, Made in Czechia, 1950s, Original Condition
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table. Czech midcentury Material: Formica and beech Period: 1950-1959.
Category

Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Formica, Wood, Beech

Mid Century Modern Small Square Cocktail Table after Karl Springer
By Romeo Rega, Pace Furniture Company, Milo Baughman
Located in Framingham, MA
Well-made modernist cocktail table with nicely designed crosses at each end, attributed to Karl Springer. The polished joints and 3/4" thick glass show quality. The glass does have m...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Chrome

Lucite Base Glass Top Compact Rectangular Coffee Table
By Neal Small Design Studio, Karl Springer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern lucite bases thick 3/4" glass top rectangular coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Large Square Carved Lucite Glass Top Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman, Neal Small Design Studio
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large square Lucite base glass top Mid-Century Modern coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Lucite

1940s Small Danish Coffee Table in Tanned Oak
Located in Knebel, DK
1940s Danish side table in tanned oak. The side table with its curved tabletop, thin conical legs and shelf has been fully restored and refinished by our cabinetmakers to ensure t...
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Oak

  • 1940s Small Danish Coffee Table in Tanned Oak
  • 1940s Small Danish Coffee Table in Tanned Oak
  • 1940s Small Danish Coffee Table in Tanned Oak
  • 1940s Small Danish Coffee Table in Tanned Oak
H 20.08 in. W 25.2 in. D 14.97 in.
Small Mid Century Table, Made in Czechia, 1950s, Original Condition, Oak
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table. Czech midcentury Material: Oak Period: 1950-1959.
Category

Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Beech, Formica

Small Mid Century Table, Made in Czechia, 1950s, Original Condition, Oak
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table. Czech midcentury Material: Oak Period: 1950-1959.
Category

Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Oak, Wood

Small Mid Century Table, Made in Czechia, 1950s, Original Condition, Beech
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table. Czech midcentury Material: Formica and beech Period: 1950-1959.
Category

Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Formica, Wood, Beech

Small Mid Century Table, Made in Czechia, 1950s, Original Condition. Beech
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table. Czech midcentury Material: Formica and beech Period: 1950-1959.
Category

Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Formica, Wood, Beech

Piero Fornasetti, Small Coffee Table, Italy, circa 1950
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Piero Fornasetti, (1913-1988), Small coffee table with tray, Brass, lacquered and lithographed metal, Prod. Fornasetti, manufacturer's label, Italy, circa 1950. Measures: Height 54 ...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Small Pine Coffee Table circa 1950, Reconstruction Style
By Rene Gabriel
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Small pine coffee table circa 1950. Reconstruction style.
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Pine

Mid-Century Modern Small Square Marble Cocktail Table by Nicos Zographos
By Nicos Zographos
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A classic Minimalist design by Nicos Zographos and produced in the 1960s. It features a solid stainless steel base with beautiful Italian marble top. Nice size for smaller spaces.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Steel

Paul McCobb Milk Glass Small Coffee or Side Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul McCobb wood frame side table with white Carrara glass ( vitrolite - milk glass) top. The base shows wear to finish and would benefit from either refinishing or touching up or...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Small Coffee Table 1950 in the Style of Fornasetti
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Small coffee table in wood with a screen printed decor in the manner of Fornasetti but not signed.
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Small Walnut Coffee Table from the 20th Century
Located in Opole, PL
Small walnut coffee table from the 20th century A small coffee table lined with ornate leather, with a top with a milled rim. Under the top, there is a sliding panel with a brass...
Category

Mid-20th Century European Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Walnut

  • Small Walnut Coffee Table from the 20th Century
  • Small Walnut Coffee Table from the 20th Century
  • Small Walnut Coffee Table from the 20th Century
  • Small Walnut Coffee Table from the 20th Century
H 20.87 in. W 20.08 in. D 17.72 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Star Base Small Cocktail Table Marble and Wood
By Gio Ponti
Located in San Diego, CA
Elegant small cocktail table painted wood star base, nice round marble top with brass accent, circa 1950s.
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

1970 Small Brass Coffee Table with Black Glass Top
Located in Madrid, ES
Small coffee table or side table, made of golden brass and black glass top.
Category

Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

  • 1970 Small Brass Coffee Table with Black Glass Top
  • 1970 Small Brass Coffee Table with Black Glass Top
  • 1970 Small Brass Coffee Table with Black Glass Top
  • 1970 Small Brass Coffee Table with Black Glass Top
H 17.33 in. W 19.69 in. D 14.18 in.
Gloss Black Square Woodard Coffee Table with Two Smaller Nesting Tables
By Russell Woodard
Located in Ferndale, MI
Restored in gloss black powder coat large square Woodard cocktail table. Two smaller tables fit underneath or sit on top. Large table measures 28.5 " square at 12" tall . Smaller tab...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Steel, Iron, Wrought Iron

Roger Capron and Jean Derval Small Coffee Table, 1960s
By Jean Derval, Roger Capron
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French coffee table by Roger Capron and Jean Derval (Vallauris), France, 1960s. Tables, fruit of the collaboration between Roger Capron and Jean Derval, are rare on the marketplace. ...
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Thick Bent Lucite Organic Shape Base Rectangle Glass top Coffee Table
By Neal Small Design Studio, Karl Springer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern thick Lucite and glass top organic shape coffee table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Small Mid Century Table Made in 1960s Czechia by Volák, Fully Restored Oak
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table. Czech midcentury Material: Oak Period: 1960-1969. Condition: restored.
Category

Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Oak

Brushed Steel Coffee Table with Small Glass on Each Side
By Guy Lefevre
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
Guy Lefevre. Brushed steel coffee table or cocktail table with small glass on each side, circa 1960.
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Steel

Small Coffee Table, Czech Midcentury, Material Beech and Umakart, 1960
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small table, Czech midcentury, material beech Period: 1960-1969.   
Category

Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Beech

1960s French Rattan and Black Glass Small Square Coffee Table
Located in High Point, NC
A unique square coffee table from France, circa 1960. Combining the graphic shapes of mid-20th century design with the charming forms of rattan furniture, this table is rendered with...
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Rattan, Glass

Square Aluminum Metal Frame Small Coffee Side Table Long Rectangle.
By Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice polished metal occasional thick glass top display coffee side table. Low console or sofa table.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Small Square Bronze and Black Marble Coffee Table, France, circa 1950s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
A Mid-Century square coffee table with a black marble top veined with white and yellow, raised on a bronze base.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Small Coffee Tables in Wood and Blue Mirror by Osvaldo Borsani
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous pair of small wooden coffee tables designed by Osvaldo Borsani in the 1950s, fine Italian manufacture. The small tables have a square frame made of fine wood with beautiful...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Antique Art Deco Mahogany Base Black Marble-Top Side Table Small Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Art Deco mahogany base black marble-top side table small coffee table. Item features inset black marble top, stretcher base, carved skirt, solid wood construction, beautiful ...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

Italian Hollywood Regency Orange Yellow Round Iron Flower Small Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Italian Hollywood Regency orange yellow 25" round iron flower small coffee table. Item features floral bouquet pedestal base, ornate scrollwork, original, yellow and green pa...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Ta...

Materials

Iron

Small Table Coffee Cesare Lacca Midcentury Italian Design Mahogany Glass Top
By Cesare Lacca
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Small table coffee Cesare Lacca midcentury Italian design mahogany glass top.
Category

Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Mahogany

Small Free From Rattan Coffee Table. French Work Attributed to Audoux Minet
By Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This small free form coffee table is made of rattan. This is a french work attributed to famous designers Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet. Circa 1970.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Rattan

Lovely Wrought Iron Strap Work Studded Hardwood Small Coffee Large Side Table
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Industrial wrought iron strap work studded with mahogany frame small coffee table or large side table A very good looking well made ...
Category

20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wrought Iron

Maison Baguès, Small Faux-Bamboo Bronze Coffee Table with Smoked Glass Shelf
By Maison Baguès
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This very nice small coffee table is made of a beautiful faux-bamboo bronze with a smoked glass on top. This is a very Fine work by famous French maker Maison Baguès, circa 1940.
Category

Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Bronze

Small Coffee Table Navette Orange by Roger Capron Design Ceramic, French, 1950
By Roger Capron
Located in Lyon, FR
One ceramic table orange Navette model designed by French ceramist Roger Capron in 1950. Very good state. The tiles move slightly over time (see photos). The tiles are in perfect ne...
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Brass and Glass Swan Leg Regency Maison Jansen Style Small Round Coffee Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brass and glass swan leg Regency Maison Jansen style round small coffee table. Item features thick round glass top, brass ormolu, shapely swan legs with ball and claw feet. Nice smal...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Bamboo Coffee Table, Tray Made of Bamboo Sticks Fixed by Small Brass Nails
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Bamboo coffee table. Tray made of bamboo sticks fixed by small brass nails, circa 1960-1970.
Category

Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Roger Capron Small Table, Vallauris, 1960s
By Jean Derval, Roger Capron
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Low French coffee table by Roger CAPRON (Vallauris), France, 1960s. Ceramic tile top on wooden base. Diameter : 77.8cm - 30.6in , Height : 27cm - 10.6in. Signed "R.Capron" (see photo).
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

Set of Small Formica Tables Flower
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of small formica tables flower.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

  • Set of Small Formica Tables Flower
  • Set of Small Formica Tables Flower
  • Set of Small Formica Tables Flower
  • Set of Small Formica Tables Flower
H 15.75 in. W 39.38 in. D 42.52 in.
Midcentury Small Glass Table, Vet for, Italy
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Italy - Made of glass, brass, plastic - Maker: VET FOR - Good, original condition - circa 1980.
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

  • Midcentury Small Glass Table, Vet for, Italy
  • Midcentury Small Glass Table, Vet for, Italy
  • Midcentury Small Glass Table, Vet for, Italy
  • Midcentury Small Glass Table, Vet for, Italy
H 18.9 in. W 17.72 in. D 17.72 in.
Small Octagon DIA Chrome Cocktail Sofa Table
By Design Institute America
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Small octagon Design Institute of America chrome cocktail sofa table.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Small Side or Tree Trunk Table, Vienna, 1950
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Charming small tree trunk table, Vienna, 1950. Solid wood, three brass legs rubber shoes Measures: height 43cm, width 68cm, depth 29cm.
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

  • Small Side or Tree Trunk Table, Vienna, 1950
  • Small Side or Tree Trunk Table, Vienna, 1950
  • Small Side or Tree Trunk Table, Vienna, 1950
  • Small Side or Tree Trunk Table, Vienna, 1950
H 16.93 in. W 11.42 in. D 26.78 in.
Mathieu Matégot French Midcentury Small Bar Table, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Mid-century small bar table by Mathieu Matégot, France, 1950s. Metal and perforated metal. Height : 23.6"(60cm), Overall diameter : 10.2"(26cm). Refinishing with original off-white c...
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Iron

Small Painted Metal Cocktail Table by René Prou
By René Prou
Located in Montreal, QC
Whimsical painted metal and glass two-tier cocktail table by Rene Prou.
Category

Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Small, 23-Carat Gold-Plated Side Table, 1960s
By Maison Jansen
Located in Schagen, NL
This exclusive two-tiered table was designed with a gold-plated metal frame and wonderful mirrored borders in the glass. It is in a very good condition with minor signs of age and u...
Category

Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Small, 23-Carat Gold-Plated Side Table, 1960s
  • Small, 23-Carat Gold-Plated Side Table, 1960s
  • Small, 23-Carat Gold-Plated Side Table, 1960s
  • Small, 23-Carat Gold-Plated Side Table, 1960s
H 19.69 in. W 19.69 in. D 19.69 in.
  • 1

Midcentury Small Coffee Tables For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of midcentury small coffee tables available on 1stDibs. The range of distinct midcentury small coffee tables — often made from wood, metal and glass — can elevate any home. Midcentury small coffee tables have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of midcentury small coffee tables to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Regency midcentury small coffee tables are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made midcentury small coffee tables over the years, but those made by Roger Capron, Mathieu Matégot and Paul McCobb are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Midcentury Small Coffee Tables?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $1,180, while they’re typically $172 on the low end and $20,000 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 centerpiece to your living area, antique and vintage 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.