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Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Side Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Mid-Century Modern side table handcrafted out of wood and glass combination newly finish in red color with a matte lacquered finish. The base has a counterweight inside which keeps...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Glass, Walnut, Lacquer, Paint

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce pair of Mid-Century Modern chrome drinks tables. Likely French in origin, the charming petite retro tables having a circular silver-tone pierced gallery raised rim, surround...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rattan Side Table
Located in Seattle, WA
Great vintage bohemian boho chic rattan and glass coffee / accent / end / side / table. Versatile shape that will fit many spaces and setups plus 2 tier design. Coastal beachy boho...
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Vintage 1970s Hollywood Regency Side Tables

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Rattan, Glass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror End Table or Side Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern vintage mirror end table, side table. The mirrored end table top, has a very unusual diamond pattern and shows a nice natural aged patina, that has not been contri...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Mirror

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Side Tables
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of mid-century modern side tables are made out of walnut wood and have been professionally restored by our team of craftsmen in-house. The pair of bedside tables come with ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Mahogany, Wood, Lacquer

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Black Metal Side Table, 1950, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
This Mid-Century Modern vintage side table shows a round black lacquered sheet metal top with multicolored motifs. The black lacquered wire steel base is foldable and features rubber...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Pair Florence Knoll Walnut Nightstands Side Tables Mid-Century Modern Vintage
By Florence Knoll
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
This early pair of walnut nightstands or side tables by Florence Knoll, circa 1950's are in excellent condition. The warm walnut wood was professionally restored in 2016 and includes...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glass Arrow Side Table/Occasional Table, 1950s, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
We offer a gorgeous mid century modern circular top-quality vintage side table or occasional table, Italy 1950s with brass and glass construction. The vintage side table features thr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Round Glass Brass Side Table 1950s Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming Mid-Century Modern tripod round side table or coffee table with a brass base, which fits in a white lacquered metal stem and a round brass handle. The coffee table is topp...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal, Brass

Modern Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Chrome Side Table by Lane Furniture
By Lane Furniture
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern walnut and chrome side table by Lane Furniture.
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Vintage French Mid-Century Modern Design Two-Tier End/Side Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Fantastic French Mid-Century design, this quaint cube table has plenty to offer for its petite size. Square shaped legs elegantly support the two floating smoky glass shelves with th...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ash Glass Sheep Side Table Sofa Table 1970s Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage side table or coffee table from oiled ash and tempered glass plate, which was designed and made 1970s Austria. The base shows an amazing base formed like ...
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Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Glass, Ash

Vintage Hardwood Mid-Century Modern Side Table Cupboard Single Door and Drawer
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage mahogany side end lamp wine table A nice piece, very utilitarian, ideally suited for a lamp and a glass of wine We have c...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Hardwood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ceramic Side Table by Paf Milano, Italy, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage side table from ceramic and glass in butter cream color tone by Paf Italy. Consists of four ceramic ivory colored ribbed columns, two colorless glass plate...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Poplar Wood Round Chest or Side Table 1960s Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage round pillar like chest or side table 1950s Austria. While the sophisticated Austrian pillared chest or side table shows one door, opening to an interior ...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Metal Wicker Side Table by Carl Auböck 1950s, Vienna
By Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
This Mid-Century Modern side table designed and made by Carl Auböck, 1950s, Vienna, shows a black lacquered iron frame and the top was made of bondoot. The design pieces by the arti...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Iron

Mid Century Modern Vintage Rattan Side Table by Carl Auböck, circa 1950, Vienna
By Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern vintage side table of sofa table from rattan and steel designed by Carl Auböck circa 1950s. The side table shows a black painted steel frame and an original wicker...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Steel

Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Faux Bamboo Side Tables 1960s France Set of two
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage brass faux bamboo pair of side tables with a greenish glass top 1960s France. The condition of the delicate side tables is very good with very minor signs...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Modern Side Tables
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern pair of side tables featured in teak, these tables would make a great addition to any home or office. Please confirm item location (NJ or BK).
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Teak

  • Pair of Vintage Modern Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Modern Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Modern Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Modern Side Tables
H 18 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Vintage Hekman Furniture Asian Modern Side Tables, Pair
By Hekman Furniture
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage pair of Hekman Furniture Co black lacquered Asian Modern side tables. One table has two drawers for storage with brass pulls. This table measures 25.5” L x 25.5” W x 21.25” H...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage TV Table or Sideboard, Wood, Poland, 1960
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
TV side table/sideboard from the 1960s. It was manufactured in Poland. The table was made of wood, it was refreshed. Very good original vintage condition.
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Coffee Table Attributed to Paolo Buffa, Italy 1940s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Vienna, AT
The coffee table attributed to Paolo Buffa circa 1940 was made of solid mahogany and veneered mahogany, lacquered. Also the coffee table features golden details and a clear glass top...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sideboard, Wood, Poland, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
TV side table/sideboard from the 1960s. It was manufactured in Poland. The table was made of wood, it was refreshed. Very good original vintage condition.
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

Vintage Danish Side Table
By Trioh
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage Danish side table by Trioh. 2-tier teak table featuring a cane shelf.   
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Teak

  • Vintage Danish Side Table
  • Vintage Danish Side Table
  • Vintage Danish Side Table
  • Vintage Danish Side Table
H 16.5 in. W 29.5 in. D 29.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bart Cart, Bamboo Wood, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Beautiful bar cart from the 1960s. It was manufactured in Europe in 1960s. The table was made of bamboo wood, it was also full renovated. Excellent condition. Unique shape.
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bamboo, Glass

Vintage Italian Modern Round Brass Side Table with Floral Design
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Italian modern round side / occasional table having a laminate top with flower decoration raised on brass legs united by an X-stretcher, circa 1950s. Charming piece, reminiscent of d...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Aluminum, Brass

1960's Walnut Vintage Side Table
Located in London, GB
A beautifully designed vintage walnut side table, this dates from the 1960’s. It’s a great size to be used as a TV stand, or side / entry table. We have had this stripped and re-poli...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

  • 1960's Walnut Vintage Side Table
  • 1960's Walnut Vintage Side Table
  • 1960's Walnut Vintage Side Table
  • 1960's Walnut Vintage Side Table
H 24 in. W 32 in. D 14 in.
Vintage Teak Drum Side Table
Located in Pasadena, TX
This is a vintage wooden drum side table, finished in teak with a removable top. This drum is great for display or as a small side table. This would look great in any modern home or ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Teak

  • Vintage Teak Drum Side Table
  • Vintage Teak Drum Side Table
  • Vintage Teak Drum Side Table
  • Vintage Teak Drum Side Table
H 19.5 in. W 20 in. D 20 in.
Vintage Homecrest Wire Side Table
By Homecrest
Located in Esperance, NY
Vintage Homecrest Wire side table The color of the table is dark green.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

Vintage Tree Trunk Side Table
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This decorative natural tree trunk side table can be dated in the 1960s. It is an authentic side table with 2 table tops, the lower one to put on some magazines and the upper top fo...
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

  • Vintage Tree Trunk Side Table
  • Vintage Tree Trunk Side Table
  • Vintage Tree Trunk Side Table
  • Vintage Tree Trunk Side Table
H 23.63 in. W 18.9 in. D 26.38 in.
French Vintage Chrome Side Table
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage side table in chrome with three smoked glass shelves.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Chrome

  • French Vintage Chrome Side Table
  • French Vintage Chrome Side Table
  • French Vintage Chrome Side Table
  • French Vintage Chrome Side Table
H 19.5 in. W 17.125 in. D 15.5 in.
Pair of Vintage Wicker Side Tables
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful pair of vintage wicker side tables with glass tops. Woven wicker creates an impressive geometric pattern on the top that is showcased through the glass. Please confirm item...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wicker, Glass

  • Pair of Vintage Wicker Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Wicker Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Wicker Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Wicker Side Tables
H 24 in. W 22 in. D 22 in.
Set of Three Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sideboards, Wood, Poland, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
TV side table/sideboard from the 1960s. It was manufactured in Poland. The table was made of wood, it was refreshed. Very good original vintage condition.
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

Vintage Danish Teak Side Table, 1960s
By Kubus, Holger Georg Jensen
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish teak side table 1960s Triangular Danish Mid-Century Modern side or coffee table in teak with shelf attributed to Georg Jensen for Kubus Møbler. Elegant design with th...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Teak

  • Vintage Danish Teak Side Table, 1960s
  • Vintage Danish Teak Side Table, 1960s
  • Vintage Danish Teak Side Table, 1960s
  • Vintage Danish Teak Side Table, 1960s
H 19.69 in. W 25.2 in. D 24.41 in.
Vintage French Brass Folding Side Table
Located in London, GB
A beautiful and very unusual vintage folding side table in brass. This was made in France, it dates from the 1950-60’s. The quality is excellent, this is solid brass throughout. T...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

  • Vintage French Brass Folding Side Table
  • Vintage French Brass Folding Side Table
  • Vintage French Brass Folding Side Table
  • Vintage French Brass Folding Side Table
H 21 in. W 19 in. D 12 in.
1960's Vintage Burr Maple Tripod Side Table
Located in London, GB
A very stylish and top quality vintage tripod side table, this is beautifully made from burr maple. It dates from the 1960’s, we have just had it fully stripped and re-polished, the ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Maple

Vintage Walnut Side Table and Magazine Rack
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With rich walnut woodgrain and brass footing, this side table offers plenty of classic Mid-Century Modern style. The lower tier of the table holds a magazine rack, making this side t...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Vintage Walnut Kidney Side Tables
Located in London, GB
A stunning pair of vintage walnut kidney shaped side tables. These were made in England, they date from the 1950-1960’s. The quality is fantastic, they are sturdy and are a very u...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Vintage Walnut Kidney Side Tables
Located in London, GB
A stunning pair of vintage walnut kidney shaped side tables. These were made in England, they date from the 1950-1960’s. The quality is fantastic, they are sturdy and are a very u...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

1970's Vintage Bamboo & Rattan Side Table / Chest
Located in London, GB
A beautiful two drawer side table with a bamboo and rattan frame. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1970-1980’s. The quality is excellent and this is a very usefu...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bamboo, Rattan

1970's Vintage Glass, Brass & Acrylic Side Table
Located in London, GB
A stunning vintage decorative side table in acrylic and glass. This was made in Spain, it dates from around the 1970’s. The quality is excellent, this is tall and slim, it is a ve...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Vintage Faux Wood Grain Painted Side Table
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderfully charming vintage American side table with a faux wood grain painted patchwork finish. The perfect perch for a cocktail, a bowl of nuts, or your laptop next to your favo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood, Paint

Vintage Side Table/Trolley with Storage Rack
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage Side table/trolley with storage rack This is a very handy Trolley/side table. What is also special about it is the storage rack integrated into the table. The fold...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal, Chrome

  • Vintage Side Table/Trolley with Storage Rack
  • Vintage Side Table/Trolley with Storage Rack
  • Vintage Side Table/Trolley with Storage Rack
  • Vintage Side Table/Trolley with Storage Rack
H 19.3 in. W 29.53 in. D 15.75 in.
Pair of Vintage Italian Chrome Side Tables
Located in London, GB
A stunning pair of vintage chrome side tables with inset wood tops. These were made in Italy, they date from the 1960-1970’s. They are beautifully made and are a very useful size. T...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Chrome

Pair of Vintage Mid Century Nightstands
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of vintage midcentury nightstands Beautiful nightstands or side tables from South America.. Rosewood with marble trim and metal pulls. Two drawers.       
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Mid-20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Stone, Metal

Vintage Modern Mosaic Tile Occasional Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage modern mosaic tile occasional table. Solid brass circular frame. Very good craftsmanship. More picture available. Possibly Italian. Uncertain to origin. Manner of Gordon Mart...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Bent Wood Side Tables
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Pair of vintage C.1980’s bent plywood side table. 3 legged and a very unique shape.  
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Vintage 1980s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bentwood, Plywood

  • Pair of Vintage Bent Wood Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Bent Wood Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Bent Wood Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage Bent Wood Side Tables
H 19 in. W 23 in. D 26 in.
Vintage French Filigree Side Table c1950s
Located in Trensacq, FR
Vintage fer filigree side table c1950s France A Stylish French mid-century side table. Elaborately forged steel schrollwork within a simple rectangular frame, sitting on hairpin l...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Steel

  • Vintage French Filigree Side Table c1950s
  • Vintage French Filigree Side Table c1950s
  • Vintage French Filigree Side Table c1950s
  • Vintage French Filigree Side Table c1950s
H 15.75 in. W 23.63 in. D 15.75 in.
Pair of Vintage Italian Chrome Side Tables
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The unique tubular chrome frame supports a glass top. A wild Italian modern design with a glass top that appears to be floating when seen from certain angles. A sharp-looking pair of...
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Chrome

Pair of Cream Vintage Side Tables by Baker
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With a unique textured surface and understated cream color, this pair of vintage side tables by Baker Furniture is perfect for adding Mid-Century style to any interior.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Lacquer, Wood

  • Pair of Cream Vintage Side Tables by Baker
  • Pair of Cream Vintage Side Tables by Baker
  • Pair of Cream Vintage Side Tables by Baker
  • Pair of Cream Vintage Side Tables by Baker
H 22.5 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Vintage Pair of Metal and Glass Side Tables
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Minimal and elegant, this vintage pair of side tables combines metal frames with a square glass top. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

1950's Pair of Vintage Marble & Brass Side Tables
Located in London, GB
An excellent pair of vintage side tables in solid brass with fixed marble tops. These were likely made in France or Italy, they date from around the 1950-1960’s. They are beautifu...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble, Brass

Pair of Vintage 1970's Bamboo & Rattan Side Tables
Located in London, GB
A gorgeous pair of vintage side tables with bamboo frames, rattan side panels and fixed glass tops. These were made in England, they date from around the 1970’s. They are very wel...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bamboo, Rattan, Glass

Vintage Rectangular Brass and Glass Top Side Table
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s rectangular brass and glass top side table. The table is sturdy and the glass has minimal wear. No marks. l.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Pair of Vintage French Empire Style Side Tables
Located in STOKE ON TRENT, GB
French side tables Pair of French Empire style mahogany side tables. Each with canted rectangular tops on reeded tapering supports finished with brass caps. Dated to the mid...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Mahogany

  • Pair of Vintage French Empire Style Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage French Empire Style Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage French Empire Style Side Tables
  • Pair of Vintage French Empire Style Side Tables
H 20.08 in. W 21.66 in. D 14.97 in.
Vintage Walnut Travertine Italian Marble Side End Table
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of Vintage Filled and Honed Walnut Italian Travertine Marble Side End Table Highly polished top with wonder...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Travertine

Vintage Copper and Oak Hexagonal Side Table, 1950s
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
1950s side table made from oak with plywood and copper top. Hand produced in the 1950s. Very nice design with cross over legs and shaped top. In good vintage condition with wonderful...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Oak

  • Vintage Copper and Oak Hexagonal Side Table, 1950s
  • Vintage Copper and Oak Hexagonal Side Table, 1950s
  • Vintage Copper and Oak Hexagonal Side Table, 1950s
  • Vintage Copper and Oak Hexagonal Side Table, 1950s
H 25.6 in. W 36.23 in. D 20.87 in.
Vintage Danish Rosewood Side Table by Heltborg 1960s
By Erling Torvits, Heltborg Møbler
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish rosewood side table by Heltborg 1960s Small Danish Mid-Century Modern side table designed by Erling Torvits for Helt Møbelfabrik, Denmark in the 1960s. Elegant and v...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rosewood

  • Vintage Danish Rosewood Side Table by Heltborg 1960s
  • Vintage Danish Rosewood Side Table by Heltborg 1960s
  • Vintage Danish Rosewood Side Table by Heltborg 1960s
  • Vintage Danish Rosewood Side Table by Heltborg 1960s
H 18.51 in. W 17.92 in. D 11.42 in.
Great Pair of Vintage Propellor Form Side Tables
Located in Charleston, SC
Great pair of vintage propellor form side tables. Dimpled and painted aluminum bases with glass tops.
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Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Aluminum

Vintage Eero Saarinen Tulip Side Table for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Eero Saarinen tulip side table for Knoll.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Oak, Walnut

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Vintage Midcentury Modern Side Tables For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of vintage midcentury modern side tables available for sale. The range of distinct vintage midcentury modern side tables — often made from metal, wood and glass — can elevate any home. There are all kinds of vintage midcentury modern side tables available, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Scandinavian Modern vintage midcentury modern side tables are consistently popular styles. Andreas Berlin, Eero Saarinen and Knoll each produced beautiful vintage midcentury modern side tables that are worth considering.

How Much are Vintage Midcentury Modern Side Tables?

Prices for vintage midcentury modern side tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, vintage midcentury modern side tables begin at $212 and can go as high as $13,500, while the average can fetch as much as $1,530.

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.