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Molteni&C 45 Tavolino Coffee Table by Ron Gilad
By Molteni & C, Ron Gilad
Located in Boston, MA
Designed by Ron Gilad Large Coffee Table with Eucalyptus Drawer Structure Finish: Pewter Top Finish
Category

2010s Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass

Molteni&C 45 Tavolino Coffee Table by Ron Gilad
Molteni&C 45 Tavolino Coffee Table by Ron Gilad
H 14.625 in W 48.12 in D 48.125 in
Square glass coffee table G. Ausenda for NY Form 1970's
By Giovanni Ausenda, Ny Form
Located in Milano, MI
Tavolino da caffè quadrato modello 'Shilling' disegnato negli anni 70 da Giovanni Ausenda, Guido
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Large coffee table "COMPASS 120" with an incredible diameter
By Roberto Giulio Rida
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Tavolino coffee table "COMPASSO 120" Elegante tavolino basso fatto da un corpo in ottone e bronzo
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Crystal, Brass

‘Tavolino Com Route" Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1980’s
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Chicago, IL
‘Tavolino Com Route" coffee table by Gae Aulenti, Italy 1980’s black granite top, black lacquered
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Granite

Coffee Table "TOMBINO"
By Roberto Giulio Rida
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Tavolino "TOMBINO" Struttura realizzata mediante il recupero di una fusione di ghisa , che fungeva
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass, Iron

Coffee Table "TOMBINO"
Coffee Table "TOMBINO"
H 17.72 in W 23.23 in D 22.84 in
Tavolino Curvo 2633 - Small Curved Coffee Table by Pietro Chiesa, Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
its essentiality and elegance. It is a coffee table made from the double curvature of a single thick
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass

Tavolino Curvo 2633 - Medium Curved Coffee Table by Pietro Chiesa, Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
its essentiality and elegance. It is a coffee table made from the double curvature of a single thick
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass

Tavolino Curvo 2633 - Large Curved Coffee Table by Pietro Chiesa, Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
its essentiality and elegance. It is a coffee table made from the double curvature of a single thick
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass

Tavolino Anni 40-50
By Non-Standard Furniture and Lighting
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da centro in legno di faggio con piano in legno impiallacciato pioppo e corda. Buone
Category

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

Materials

Rope, Beech, Poplar

Tavolino Anni 40-50
Tavolino Anni 40-50
H 24.02 in Dm 25.99 in
Knoll Side Table eero saarinen
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Napoli, NA
Bellissimo tavolino eero saarinen Originale Provenienza Villa di lusso acquistato da privato
Category

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

Materials

Marble, Aluminum

Knoll Side Table  eero saarinen
Knoll Side Table  eero saarinen
H 13.78 in Dm 42.13 in
60s-70s Coffee Table
By Non-Standard Furniture and Lighting
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino con base in metallo cromato e piano in vetro.
Category

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

Materials

Metal

60s-70s Coffee Table
60s-70s Coffee Table
H 16.54 in W 23.63 in D 23.63 in
Tavolino Anni 50-60
By Non-Standard Furniture and Lighting
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino con cassetto sotto piano in legno impiallacciato mogano tinto con gambe tornite in legno
Category

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

Materials

Beech, Mahogany

Tavolino Anni 50-60
Tavolino Anni 50-60
H 21.66 in W 47.25 in D 21.66 in
19th century tea table
Located in Firenze, IT
Tavolino da tè in legno di palissandro, metà del XIX secolo. Al suo interno, il tavolino presenta
Category

Antique 19th Century European Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Rosewood

19th century tea table
19th century tea table
H 22.84 in W 18.12 in D 14.57 in
Willy Rizzo postmodern low coffee table
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Questo tavolino basso di Willy Rizzo degli anni '70 è un'opera iconica del design che incarna lo
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Steel

Willy Rizzo postmodern low coffee table
Willy Rizzo postmodern low coffee table
H 13.78 in W 47.25 in D 47.25 in
SALOMONE Coffee Table by Roberto Giulio Rida
By Roberto Giulio Rida
Located in Milano, Lombardia
table per godere di gioiosi aperitivi all'italiana. Il tavolino è decorato lungo il perimetro esterno
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cock...

Materials

Gold Plate, Brass

SALOMONE Coffee Table by Roberto Giulio Rida
SALOMONE Coffee Table by Roberto Giulio Rida
H 14.97 in W 49.61 in D 24.02 in
Hollywood Regency Coffee Table by Romeo Rega
By Romeo Rega
Located in Conversano, IT
Stupendo tavolino o comodino disegnato e prodotto da Romeo Rega negli anni 70. Il tavolino è
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Hollywood Regency Coffee Table by Romeo Rega
Hollywood Regency Coffee Table by Romeo Rega
H 17.72 in W 25.6 in D 16.15 in
Smania Interiors Studio Side Table "Mitzar" Series
By Smania
Located in Conversano, IT
Scopri questo magnifico tavolino in legno impiallicciato con essenza di radica e profili in acero
Category

Vintage 1970s European Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Maple

Low wooden coffee table Years 60-70
By Non-Standard Furniture and Lighting
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da centro, con vani a giorno e cassettini a vista in legno impiallacciato legno esotico.
Category

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

Materials

Wood

Low wooden coffee table Years 60-70
Low wooden coffee table Years 60-70
H 13.78 in W 33.67 in D 33.67 in
Tavolino da caffè anni '50 Silvio Cavatorta
By Silvio Cavatorta
Located in Torino, Piemonte
Elegante e razionale tavolino tondo in legno e ottone creato in Italia negli anni '50 da Silvio
Category

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

Materials

Metal, Brass

Loto Coffee Table, Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, 1980
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Il piccolo Tavolino Loto in marmo bianco, progettato da Ettore Sottsass per Poltronova nel 1980, è
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

Tavolino Vintage da Centro Anni 70-80
By Non-Standard Furniture and Lighting
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da centro con struttura in metallo smaltato e piano in vetro fumé.
Category

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

Materials

Metal

Tavolino Vintage da Centro Anni 70-80
Tavolino Vintage da Centro Anni 70-80
H 14.38 in W 47.25 in D 47.25 in
Colonnaded marble coffee table, Mario Bellini, Cassina, 1969
By Mario Bellini
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Il “Tavolino Colonnato” è un famoso design di Mario Bellini per Cassina, un rinomato designer e
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

Tavolino Anni 60 Gianfranco Frattini, marrone, in legno
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da caffè anni '60 in legno impiallacciato legno esotico disegnato da Gianfranco Frattini
Category

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

Materials

Wood

Side Table Model 5309 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rovereta, SM
Raro tavolino da caffè modello 5309 di Edward Wormley per Dunbar. Combinazione di Legno e ottone
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Coffee table by Gianni Moscatelli for Formanova Anni 60-70
By Gianni Moscatelli, Formanova
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da centro; legno impiallacciato legno esotico tinto, base in metallo cromato. Buone
Category

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

Materials

Metal

Capolino 1 sculpture coffee table in white veined marble
By Impressive
Located in Lucca, IT
Peeping, that is, popping up, appearing. In our Capolino 1 table, it is a tree trunk that appears in the middle of the top, as if to reclaim a denied space, the space that is too oft...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

Vintage 70's red plastic coffee table Italian design
Located in None, IT
Tavolino rotondo in plastica di colore rosso, design Italiano, anni 70. CONDIZIONI: In buone
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Plastic

Ettore Sottsass coffee table mod. Alicudi, prod. Zanotta, 1990s
By Ettore Sottsass, Zanotta
Located in Rivoli, IT
Bellissimo tavolino di forma rettangolare disegnato da Ettore Sottsass per Zanotta negli anni '90
Category

1990s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Laminate, Wood

Rare Coffee Table by Carlo Bartoli for Rossi di Albizzate
By Carlo Bartoli, Rossi di Albizzate
Located in Conversano, IT
Straordinario e molto raro tavolino disegnato da Carlo Bartoli per Rossi di Albizzate negli anni 70
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Space Age Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Large Alanda Coffee Table Paolo Piva for B&B 1980's
By Paolo Piva, B&B Italia
Located in Milano, MI
Tavolino da salotto modello Alanda disegnato da Paolo Piva nel 1979 per B&B Italia e prodotto negli
Category

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

Materials

Iron

Italian Hand Decorated Ceramic Coffee Table New Design Capperidicasa
By Capperidicasa, Amaaro
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Tavolino con top rotondo in ceramica smaltata decorato a mano con struttura in metallo verniciato
Category

Early 2000s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Tavolino postmoderno in noce con piano fumè, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Palermo, IT
Tavolino da salotto italiano Mid-Century Post Modern in noce massiccio, piano in cristal fumè
Category

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

Materials

Art Glass, Wood

Tavolino "Flying Horse of Gansu" nello stile di Maison Charles
By Maison Charles
Located in Conversano, IT
Scopri il tavolino "Flying Horse of Gansu" nello stile di Maison Charles, un autentico gioiello del
Category

Vintage 1970s French Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Crystal, Travertine, Bronze

Parchment Bar Table by Aldo Tura for Tura Milano
By Aldo Tura
Located in Conversano, IT
Scopri il nostro straordinario tavolino da salotto in pergamena, un autentico capolavoro di design
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Parchment Paper

Tavolino Bar tondo in acciaio vintage anni 70 (prezzo cadauno)
Located in Milano, MI
separatamente prezzo indicato per singolo tavolino
Category

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

Materials

Steel

"Valentine" oval brown forest coffee table by William Mulas
Located in Modugno, BA
simmetriche e scultoree, che conferiscono al tavolo un fascino contemporaneo. Questo tavolino vanta
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Steel, Metal

Low coffee table, stainless steel and glass by Ausenda, 1970
By Giovanni Ausenda
Located in Manzano, IT
Tavolino da caffè basso, inox e vetro di Ausenda, 1970Stile Vintage Periodo del design 1970 - 1979
Category

Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

"Valentine" tavolino da caffè tondo nero marquinia di William Mulas
Located in Modugno, BA
simmetriche e scultoree, che conferiscono al tavolo un fascino contemporaneo. Questo tavolino vanta
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Metal

"Valentine" oval black marquinia coffee table by William Mulas
Located in Modugno, BA
simmetriche e scultoree, che conferiscono al tavolo un fascino contemporaneo. Questo tavolino vanta
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Metal

Tavolino Con Base in Ferro Battuto a Mano, Anni 70
By Fratelli Ferrari
Located in Felino, IT
Base x tavolino in ferro battuto pesante, curvato e lavorato a mano da sapiente artigiano Adriano
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Baroque Revival Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Tavolino Anni '70 Gianfranco Frattini per Cassina in metallo e vetro
By Gianfranco Frattini, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da caffè anni '70 modello '784' con piano in vetro e base in metallo cromato. Discrete
Category

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

Materials

Metal

1960s vintage coffee table in gilded brass Italian design
Located in None, IT
Grande tavolino da salotto rettangolare in ottone dorato e finiture cromate, vetro fumè, design
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Handcrafted coffee table with ceramic glass top and legs in walnut
Located in Manzano, IT
Tavolino artigianale con piano in vetro ceramico e gambe in noce PEZZI 1 PERIODO DEL DESIGN
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Walnut

Tavolino Da Salotto Vintage Nero Laccato Con Inserti in Ottone, 1980
Located in Foggia, FG
Tavolino Basso da Salotto Vintage Design, 1980 Laccato nero lucido in legno e inserti in ottone
Category

Vintage 1980s Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Gianfranco Frattini Coffee Table with Three Drawers for Bernini, 1960s in wood
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da caffè anni '60 disegnato da Gianfranco Frattini per una produzione Bernini in legno
Category

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

Materials

Wood

Tavolino nuvola grigia, basi in plexiglass fatto a mano Italia disponibile
By Cupioli made in Italy
Located in Rimini, IT
"Le nuvole entrano fluttuando nella nostra vita, non più per portare pioggia o tempesta, ma per aggiungere colore ai nostri tramonti." I tavolini Cloud nascono proprio guardando una...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Plexiglass, Scagliola

Tavolino nuvola scagliola e basi plexiglass, fatto a mano Italia disponibile
By Cupioli made in Italy
Located in Rimini, IT
"Le nuvole entrano fluttuando nella nostra vita, non più per portare pioggia o tempesta, ma per aggiungere colore ai nostri tramonti." I tavolini Cloud nascono proprio guardando una...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Plexiglass, Scagliola

Italian coffee table attributed to Campo and Graffi in curved teak
By Franco Campo & Carlo Graffi
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da caffè Italiano, produzione nello stile di Franco Campo e Carlo Graffi (entrambi facenti
Category

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

Materials

Metal, Brass

Tavolino in Marmo Bianco Calacatta e Acciaio Spazzolato Design by David &Nicolas
Located in Pordenone, PN
tavolino di David e Nicolas è in marmo bianco calacatta con fuga in resina cementizia color mattone. il
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Stainless Steel

Tavolino quadrato intarsio scagliola, base marmo giallo fatta a mano in Italia
By Cupioli made in Italy
Located in Rimini, IT
Handmade coffee table with artistical decoration on the square top and carved edge made precious by
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Empire Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Scagliola, Wood

Tavolino Mod. "1774", Disegnato Da Max Ingrand Per Fontana Arte Italia, 1958
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in Rovereta, SM
Tavolino Mod. "1774", Disegnato Da Max Ingrand Per Fontana Arte Italia, 1958 ,marcato. Celebre
Category

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

Materials

Iron

"Emerged" steel and natural marble coffee table by William Mulas
Located in Modugno, BA
"Emerso" coffee table 𝐷𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛 𝑏𝑦 William Mulas Italy, 2023 Structured in steel with
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Steel, Tôle, Stainless Steel

Art Deco wooden coffee table with circular glass top. 1930s
Located in Torino, IT
Tavolino basso, coffee table MATERIALI Legno di noce, piano in vetro DIMENSIONI Ø 61 cm H 53 cm
Category

Vintage 1930s Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Bold Coffee Table Large - Travertine
By Mohdern
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Il tavolino Bold incarna splendidamente l'essenza dell'artigianato italiano, attraverso un'estetica
Category

2010s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Travertine

Bold Coffee Table Large - Travertine
Bold Coffee Table Large - Travertine
H 11.82 in W 55.12 in D 27.56 in
Tavolino lato divano in scagliola marmorizzata Blu realizzato a mano in Italia
By Cupioli made in Italy
Located in Rimini, IT
La tecnica tradizionale dell'arte della Scagliola viene oggi utilizzata e adattata alle esigenze del gusto contemporaneo e questo ne è un perfetto esempio. Il colore diventa il grand...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Scagliola, Wood

Contemporary crafted Coffee Table, side table, table CaraDavide for Medulum
By Cara e Davide
Located in Meolo, Venezia
character. Carabottino coffee table is part of a range of objects that share the use of solid wood elements
Category

2010s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Onyx coffee table with turned legs in the style of Angelo Mangiarotti 1960s
By Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Torino, IT
Questo articolo è un tavolino mai visto prima sul mercato, nemmeno esperti del settore hanno mai
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Onyx

Tavolino Fenicottero in onice fantastico, gambe in bronzo, base in pietra lavica
By Impressive
Located in Lucca, IT
Per il nostro tavolo Fenicottero abbiamo immaginato l'elegante e affascinante animale dalle lunghe zampe sottili immerse nel fango delle paludi di Orbetello, in Toscana, alla ricerca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Stone, Onyx

Blond walnut cookie table with maple, rose maple and mahogany inlays
Located in Premariacco, IT
Tavolino a biscotto di produzione italiana anni '40 circa in noce biondo con intarsi in acero
Category

Vintage 1940s Italian Baroque Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Maple, Nutwood

Tavolino marmo bianco intarsiato e base in ferro battuto fatto a mano in Italia
By Cupioli made in Italy
Located in Rimini, IT
Tavolino da salotto realizzato con la tecnica decorativa dell' intarsio in scagliola su piano in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Empire Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Carrara Marble, Wrought Iron

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Tavolino Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the tavolino coffee table you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, wood and glass, every tavolino coffee table was constructed with great care. There are 76 variations of the antique or vintage tavolino coffee table you’re looking for, while we also have 49 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer tavolino coffee table, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A tavolino coffee table, designed in the mid-century modern, modern or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one tavolino coffee table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Fontana Arte, Cupioli made in Italy and Gianfranco Frattini produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Tavolino Coffee Table?

The average selling price for a tavolino coffee table at 1stDibs is $2,400, while they’re typically $221 on the low end and $32,143 for the highest priced.

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. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee table and cocktail tables today.

Questions About Tavolino Coffee Table
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 15, 2019

    Coffee tables were originally used in living spaces during social gatherings to support a tray containing multiple mugs, a coffee pot, creamers and sugar bowls. Low to the ground and centrally located in the space, coffee tables reduced the host or hostess’s need to constantly stand and serve her guests.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Typically, an ottoman is not a coffee table. An ottoman is a small cushioned seat without a back or arm rests. You can shop a collection of vintage and contemporary ottomans from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    A coffee table should generally be two-thirds as long as the sofa it stands in front of and around the same height as the sofa’s seat cushions.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 12, 2024
    No one knows for sure who invented the coffee table. The earliest examples of the occasional table can be traced back to Victorian-era Britain. At that time, makers like William Watt and Collinson and Lock were producing coffee tables in large quantities.

    Notably, F. Stuart Foote, the designer behind the American Imperial Furniture Company, claimed to have invented the coffee table in the early 20th century. He stated that he did so by cutting down the legs of a dining table. However, it's unlikely that Foote is the actual inventor of the coffee table, as books describing coffee tables existed in the UK a decade before his birth in 1872.

    Shop a wide variety of coffee tables on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Yes, end tables are generally taller than coffee tables.

    The term “end table” is frequently used interchangeably with “coffee table,” and while these two furnishings have much in common, each table type offers its own distinctive benefits in your space.

    Your end table is likely going to stand as tall as the arms of your sofa, and its depth will match the seating. These attributes allow for tucking the table neatly at the end of your sofa in order to provide an elevated surface between your seating and the wall. End tables are accent pieces — they’re a close cousin to side tables, but side tables, not unlike the show-stealing low-profile coffee table, are intended to be positioned prominently and have more to do with the flow and design of a room than an end table, which does a great job but does it out of the way of everything else.

    Find all kinds of antique and vintage tables on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    While both pieces are relatively new to the furniture world, the main difference between them are their shapes. A cocktail table is generally square or rectangular in shape, while a coffee table tends to be oval or circular in shape. You can shop a collection of furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    The difference between a sofa table and a coffee table is that a sofa table is always behind the sofa and a coffee table is in front of it. Additionally, a sofa table is the same height as the sofa and a coffee table is much shorter.

  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To stack books on a coffee table, place the largest one on the bottom with the spine facing the focal piece of furniture, usually the sofa. Then, add the next largest, lining up the inner edges so that the spines create a stepped effect. Continue adding books to complete the stack and top it off with a decorative object if you wish. Shop a variety of coffee tables on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    The best coffee table for a sectional can be a round coffee table, particularly with respect to U-shaped sectionals. The circular design creates a sense of balance in small spaces and renders it easy for guests to move to and fro, especially when surrounded by chairs. Find a collection of antique and vintage coffee tables on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To authenticate your Noguchi coffee table, there are three different marks to look for. Isamu Noguchi’s signature will be on the edge of the table and on a medallion under the base. Even under the medallion, you will find Noguchi’s initials. Shop a collection of properly vetted Noguchi pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021
    A tall coffee table is usually called exactly that — a tall coffee table. Coffee tables, also referred to as cocktail tables, are generally designed to sit at or below the sofa's seat height. These tables may come in a range of sizes, but they are often between 16 and 18 inches high and are designed in a variety of lengths and widths. They’re meant to provide a practical table-top surface that complements your living room layout. (A tall version might also be suitable for use as a dining table.) Shop a collection of antique, vintage and contemporary tall coffee tables from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Modern coffee tables tend to be low because they’re most commonly placed in front of couches and chairs. Historically, coffee tables were placed behind the couch which necessitated a taller table. Over time, as styles changed and coffee tables came to be positioned in front of couches, their heights were lowered to accommodate the modern arrangement. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of vintage and contemporary coffee tables from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 15, 2023
    Whether glass coffee tables are durable depends on the craftsmanship and the materials. Generally, tables with tempered glass are less likely to shatter and break. How well you care for a coffee table will also impact its life span. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of glass coffee tables.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 15, 2023
    To date a Lane coffee table, look for the serial number on the underside of the piece. On most Lane coffee tables, reading the number from right to left will tell you the date that the table was manufactured. For example, a serial number that says 852140 would have been produced on April 12, 1958. Founded in Virginia in the early 20th century, Lane is largely known for its cedar chests and innovative mid-century modern designs. Find a variety of Lane coffee tables on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    How big a coffee table for a sectional should be depends on the dimensions of the sectional. For a balanced look, a coffee table should be roughly two-thirds of the length of the sofa portion of a sofa and chaise sectional. If you have an L-shaped sofa, the coffee table should be around two-thirds of the length of each arm. Find a wide variety of coffee tables on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    The average height of a coffee table is around 16 to 18 inches. Designers typically choose this height to create a balance between coffee tables and sofas. The average seat height of sofas is 17 to 18 inches, and experts typically recommend that coffee tables be no more than 1 inch shorter than sofa-seat height. Explore a diverse assortment of coffee tables on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Yes, a coffee table should generally be lower than a couch. However, the top of the table should only be slightly lower than the couch to maintain a balanced look. A good rule of thumb is to choose a table no more than one inch shorter than your sofa's seat height. Explore a large collection of coffee tables on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021
    Tray top coffee tables are coffee tables with long, flat rectangular surfaces that are supported by an x-frame base. Low tables that were initially used as tea or coffee tables have been around since at least the mid- to late-1800s. After coffee drinking and “coffee breaks” became popular, 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. Shop a collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary tray top coffee tables from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Styling a Noguchi coffee table really depends on the space you’re placing it in. The possibilities are far-reaching, so consider the colors and coordination of the other furniture and fixtures around the table. Noguchi tables look beautiful on their own or styled with flowers, books or pottery. Shop a selection of Isamu Noguchi pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    On 1stdibs, a coffee table costs between $160 and $495,500.