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Mid Century Modern Paul McCobb Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid Century Modern coffee table by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture. (1960s).
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern maple coffee table features a rectangular top with splayed and tapered
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern cocktail table by Paul McCobb with a black matte finish over wood and
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Paul McCobb Coffee Table B
By Paul McCobb
Located in Oakland, CA
Planner Group coffee table in maple and welded iron with adjustable glides on the bottom of the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Paul McCobb Coffee Table B
Paul McCobb Coffee Table B
H 15.75 in W 18.25 in D 47 in
Paul McCobb Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul McCobb Coffee Table, Planner Group by Winchendon 1950, Maple Top with Wrought Iron frame
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

Paul McCobb Coffee Table
Paul McCobb Coffee Table
H 16 in Dm 36 in
Fantastic Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Square Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic Paul McCobb for Planner Group mid century square coffee table. This piece is in very nice
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in Toledo, OH
Paul McCobb Planner Group coffee table for Calvin Furniture, Co. Walnut coffee table with a single
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Paul Mccobb for Calvin Mid Century Large Walnut Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul Mccobb for Calvin mid century large walnut coffee table This table measures: 54 wide x 32
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Paul McCobb for Calvin Coffee Table in Marble, Brass and Wood, Mid Century
By Paul McCobb
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Paul McCobb for Calvin Coffee Table in Marble, Brass and Wood, Mid Century Large brass-framed, 5/8
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group mid century coffee table The table measures: 60 wide x 18 deep x
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Paul McCobb Coffee Table A
By Winchendon, Paul McCobb
Located in Oakland, CA
Planner Group coffee table in maple and welded iron with adjustable glides on the bottom of the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Paul McCobb Coffee Table A
Paul McCobb Coffee Table A
H 15.75 in W 18.25 in D 47 in
Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Black lacquer Slate Like Top Coffee Table MINT!
By Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Black lacquer Slate Like Top Coffee Table MINT!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Laminate, Birch

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table in the Style of Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning vintage modern coffee table features brass trim along the outer edge of the top and unique
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Low Profile Coffee Table by Paul McCobb for Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous mid-century modern low profile coffee table by Paul Mc Cobb for The Planner Group
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Walnut and Cane Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Walnut and Cane Coffee Table This coffee table measures: 32
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cane, Walnut

Mid Century Square Table with White Carrera Glass Paul McCobb style
By Paul McCobb
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
Square top in white carrera glass with architectural aged brass base in the manner of Paul McCobb
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail T...

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Brass, Bronze

Mid-Century Coffee Table by Paul McCobb for Planner Group
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Raleigh, NC
Mid-century minimalistic coffee table designed by Paul McCobb for Planner Group, USA. This low
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Maple

Paul McCobb Black 60 Inch Coffee Table / Bench
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
table or put against a wall as a bench in an entrance way . Gorgeous mid century piece. Looks great in
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Hardwood

Paul McCobb for Lane Delineator Mid Century Walnut Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Lane Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Lane Delineator Mid Century Walnut Coffee Table Coffee table measures: 56 wide x
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Square Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group mid century square coffee table Coffee table measures: 32 wide x 32
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Bleached Mahogany and Brass Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Bleached Mahogany and Brass Coffee Table This coffee table
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffee Tables, Sold Separately
By Paul McCobb
Located in Dallas, TX
We can sell individually. Pair of tables in maple by Paul McCobb. Solid maple top with conical legs.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Series Coffee Table, 1960s USA
By Paul McCobb
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful original condition coffee table by Paul Mc Cobb.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table with Bookcase Topper by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This combination coffee table and bookcase make a unique Mid-Century Modern statement to home or
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid Century Square Coffee Table by Paul McCobb for Planner Group, USA, c. 1960's
By Paul McCobb
Located in Deland, FL
Iconic, minimal and absolutely stunning this coffee table designed by the visionary Paul McCobb for
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture Co 'Planner Group' Maple Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century (circa 1950) 'Planner Group' maple coffee table with a rectangular top resting
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Maple

Paul McCobb for Winchendon 'Planner' Wood and Iron Coffee Table / Bench
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century rectangular coffee table / bench with a rectangular wooden top resting on a
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Iron

Paul McCobb Modern Blond Maple and Wrought Iron Cocktail / Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century rectangular coffee / cocktail table with a blond maple top resting on a
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Iron, Wrought Iron

Paul McCobb Planner Group Winchendon Coffee Table
By Winchendon, Paul McCobb
Located in Forest Grove, PA
An early Paul McCobb for Winchendon Planner Group Coffee Table. Fresh from a Bucks County PA estate.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

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

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Wood

Coffee Table by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Textbook mid-century modern style and quality from one of America's most legendary designers, Paul
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Winchendon Planner Group Circular Maple and Iron Coffee Tables
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
3 American mid-century circular coffee tables with blond maple tops supported on four legged iron
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron, Metal

Paul McCobb Modern Tobacco Brown Maple and Wrought Iron Cocktail / Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century rectangular coffee / cocktail table with a tobacco brown maple top resting on
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Iron, Wrought Iron

48" Paul McCobb For Winchendon Planner Group Coffee Table Bench
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid-Century Modern coffee table or bench designed by Paul McCobb and made by Winchendon. It
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Beautifully Refinished Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful solid wood coffee table. From the Planner Group line designed by Paul McCobb for
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb Raymond Loewy Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Charleston, WV
the iron has been repainted in gloss finish with rubber feet replaced. Ideal for use as a coffee table
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Paul McCobb Raymond Loewy Coffee Table
Paul McCobb Raymond Loewy Coffee Table
H 15.25 in W 18 in D 36 in
Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffee Table for Winchendon, USA 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Berlin, DE
Planner Group coffee table designed by Paul McCobb which was his most well received furniture line
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb for Winchendon 'Planner' Blond Wood and Iron Two Drawer Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century 'Planner' coffee / cocktail table with a rectangular blond wood top with two
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Iron

Paul McCobb Maple 48 inch Coffee Table/Bench for Winchendon Planner Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful iconic maple 48” long coffee table or bench designed by Paul McCobb.. This mid century
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Large Paul McCobb Aluminum and Vitrolite-Milk Glass Coffee Table Midcentury
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Very nice and exceptional coffee table was designed by Paul McCobb with vitrolite glass top. This
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Paul McCobb Planner Group Natural Finish Maple Bench, Coffee Table, 1950's
By Paul McCobb
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, Planner Group Maple 1546 Bench, Coffee Table. Featuring a
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Paul McCobb for Calvin Coffee Table Leather Top Philippine Mahogany Brass Trim
By Paul McCobb
Located in Monrovia, CA
Rare 1950s Paul McCobb leather top coffee table. Gorgeous Philippine mahogany, brass trim, tear
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Rare Paul McCobb Coffee Table with Leather Top for Calvin US 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare Paul McCobb coffee table with leather top for Calvin Rare Paul McCobb coffee table with
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Travertine Stone Top Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Irwin Collection" Travertine Stone Top Coffee Table
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture Round Calacatta Marble Top & Brass Coffee Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
One owner circa 1955 Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture round coffee table with beautiful Calacatta
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Mahogany and Brass Table by Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Inlaid brass edged coffee and end table model no. 7012 in mahogany with three drawers by Paul
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Round Paul McCobb Planner Group Coffee Table Winchendon Unmarked 1950s
By Winchendon, Paul McCobb
Located in Forest Grove, PA
A round Paul McCobb Planner Group coffee table for Winchendon Furniture. Circa 1950’s. Unmarked.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb Winchendon Planner Group Coffee Table Matched Pair Sold Individually
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon
Located in Forest Grove, PA
A matched pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group coffee tables for Winchendon. One table is marked with
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Brass and Travertine Coffee Table- Calvin Furniture
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid Century Modern's star Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Brass and Travertine Coffee Table for Calvin
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine, Marble, Brass

Paul McCobb Midcentury Cocktail Table End Table Connoisseur Collection
By Paul McCobb
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Paul McCobb Connoisseur collection for H. Sacks and Sons, Brookline mass. Three-drawer cocktail
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture Black Lacquered Coffee Table, Newly Refinished
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish mid-century modern coffee or cocktail table By Paul McCobb for Calvin
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1546 Coffee Table Bench Blonde Maple Finish
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1546 solid maple 60 inch coffee table bench blonde maple
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Low Planner Group Coffee Table by Paul McCobb for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Berlin, DE
A rare low round Planner Group coffee table by Paul McCobb, in excellent condition in clear maple.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb Model 1580 Planner Group Iron Maple Coffee Table for Winchendon
By Winchendon, Paul McCobb
Located in Berlin, DE
Paul McCobb Model 1580 Planner Group Coffee Table for Winchendon, USA 1950s. Iron Base and Maple
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Square Coffee Side Tables by Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, maple, coffee or side/end tables by Paul McCobb, Planner Group for Winchendon
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

Paul McCobb "Plateau" Double-Sided Cocktail Table
By Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul McCobb "Plateau" Double-Sided Cocktail Table, features refinished black lacquer over mahogany
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Brass Frame Marble Top Rectangular Coffee Table McCobb Attributed
By Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern brass frame 3/4" marble top coffee table Paul McCobb match.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Coffee Table or Bench, Refinished
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern coffee table or bench By Paul McCobb for Winchendon
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Birch, Lacquer

Large Rectangle Walnut One Drawer Paul McCobb Coffee Table for Calvin 1960s Mint
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large rectangle walnut one drawer Paul McCobb coffee table for Calvin 1960s MINT.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

1940s Paul McCobb for Planner Group Round Coffee Table, Unmarked
By Winchendon, Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Charleston, SC
Newly refinished Early solid maple 36” round coffee table. Designed by Paul McCobb for his Planner
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple

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Paul Mccobb Midcentury Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal paul mccobb midcentury coffee table for your home. Each paul mccobb midcentury coffee table for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and brass. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer paul mccobb midcentury coffee table, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A paul mccobb midcentury coffee table made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made paul mccobb midcentury coffee table over the years, but those crafted by Paul McCobb, Planner Group and Calvin are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Paul Mccobb Midcentury Coffee Table?

The average selling price for a paul mccobb midcentury coffee table at 1stDibs is $2,625, while they’re typically $495 on the low end and $12,000 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by celebrated manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right coffee-tables-cocktail-tables for You

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find the perfect centerpiece for any room, no matter what your personal furniture style on 1stDibs — shop Art Deco coffee tables, travertine coffee tables and other antique and vintage coffee tables and cocktail tables today.