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Michael Coffey Furniture

American, b. 1928

While he may not be as well known as the designers who influenced him, master woodworker Michael Coffey creates tables, case pieces and other hand-carved furnishings that are wholly sculptural and characterized by striking, unexpected forms — they’re provocative statement pieces in any interior.

Born in 1928 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — where like-minded designers Paul Evans, George Nakashima and Phillip Lloyd Powell shared a studio — Coffey loved working with his hands as a child. However, a sense of youthful idealism led him to pursue a master’s degree in social group work before he endeavored to design on a full-time basis. It wasn't until 1966, at the age of 38, that he started teaching himself woodworking. Coffey was inspired by innovative artisans in the furniture-making field such as Nakashima, Wharton Esherick and Wendell Castle, all of whom are credited as pioneers in the world of art furniture.

In 1972, Coffey earned his first major design commission in the form of a collection for Directional Furniture, a manufacturer that forged an enduring partnership with Paul Evans and a favorite brand of mid-century modern enthusiasts. He continued to collaborate with Directional, working in mahogany and rare Mozambique woods, and integrating abstract carving motifs in his cabinet fronts and table pedestals. Soon afterward, Coffey established a woodworking school and apprenticeships at his Vermont farm. In 1986, he moved to Massachusetts, and, in 1991, he founded a second woodworking school, this one much larger.

Coffey sold his successful Massachusetts school to his staff in 1997 in order to focus on his furniture, as his reputation and client base had grown considerably. His profile reached greater heights in 2003, when a rocking chair called Aphrodite that Coffey had designed more than two decades earlier sold at auction for nearly $50,000. The sale sparked the interest of buyers and collectors worldwide and resulted in a slew of new commissions. Today Coffey continues to make sculptural furniture with a team of woodworkers in his Massachusetts studio.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Michael Coffey tables, seating, bookcases and more.

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Creator: Michael Coffey
Michael Coffey, Galaxy II, Monumental Walnut Wall Sculpture, United States, 2021
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
Sculpted from walnut, Galaxy II is an exceptional wall-mounted sculpture that exhibits the skill of artist and master woodworker Michael Coffey. It is yet another extraordinary varia...
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Late 20th Century American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Michael Coffey, Heron III Console with Mirror, United States, 2011
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
This remarkable wall-mounted console is hand carved from black walnut and features almond shaped, inset mirror. Coffey, a master craftsman based in western Massachusetts, took his in...
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2010s American Organic Modern Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Walnut

Michael Coffey, "Lily Pad" Wooden Dining Table, United States, 1980
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
This sculptural table is composed of several pieces of Mozambique wood fitted seamlessly to create the shape of a lily. Like much of Michael Coffey's work, the piece sets up a contra...
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1980s American Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Wood

Michael Coffey, "Jacob's Ladder," Modular Bookcase, United States, 1973
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
A black walnut étagère with four adjustable shelves, finished to a satin sheen. First created in Massachusetts by master craftsman Michael Coffey, and fabricated by the artist in 201...
Category

1970s American Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Michael Coffey, "Titan" Monumental Bar Cabinet, United States, 1978
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
This sculptural cabinet is carved from solid, 4-inch thick Mahogany, and weighs 900 lbs. It is divided in two halves. One half is a door, which swings out on hidden hinges and concea...
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Late 20th Century American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

"Lunar Sea II" Coffee Table by Michael Coffey
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
An American "Lunar Sea II" coffee table by Michael Coffey. The Lunar Sea II table was a collaboration between Michael Coffey and Brenda Houston, a collector/dealer in agate stone. "T...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Agate

Michael Coffey, "Jacob's Ladder," Modular Bookscase, United States, 1973
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
A black walnut etagere with four adjustable shelves, finished to a satin sheen. First created in Massachusetts by master craftsman Michael Coffey, and fabricated by the artist in 201...
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1970s American Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Walnut

American 1980s Music Stand by Michael Coffey
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
An American carved wood music stand by Michael Coffey. This piece represents an evolution in sculptor Michael Coffey's process. Always seeking functionality and beauty in his designs...
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1980s American Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Wenge

Michael Coffey, "Megalith," Round Coffee Table, United States, 2017
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
This sculptural table is carved into a flowing arrangement from solid, three and a half inch walnut, and features double doors that open up onto an interior cabinet with a revolving ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Glass, Walnut

Michael Coffey Viking Chair, 1960s
By Michael Coffey
Located in Pawtucket, RI
A very rare "Viking" chair in stacked and laminated walnut by noted craftsman Michael Coffey, circa 1960s. Two examples available. Signed and documented.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Michael Coffey "Perceptions II" Wall Mirror
By Michael Coffey
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Beautifully hand-carved wall mirror by noted craftsman Michael Coffey, circa 1970. Mirror is made of laminated and carved African Mozambique with incised signature to side.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

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Michael Coffey, "Jacob's Ladder," Modular Bookscase, United States, 1973
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Michael Coffey, "Jacob's Ladder," Modular Bookcase, United States, 1973
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Michael Coffey, "Lily Pad" Wooden Dining Table, United States, 1980
By Michael Coffey
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Michael Coffey, Heron III Console with Mirror, United States, 2011
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
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2010s American Organic Modern Michael Coffey Furniture

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Gabriel Shuldiner, Black Wall Mounted Sculpture, United States, 2015
By Gabriel J. Shuldiner
Located in New York, NY
With his series of intense black mixed-media paintings, artist Gabriel Shuldiner captures the void simultaneously created by and filled up by technology. By layering the paintings wi...
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2010s American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Paint

Gabriel Shuldiner, Formmx, Black Painting, United States, 2015
By Gabriel J. Shuldiner
Located in New York, NY
With his series of intense black mixed-media paintings, artist Gabriel Shuldiner captures the void simultaneously created by and filled up by technology. By layering the paintings wi...
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2010s American Michael Coffey Furniture

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Gabriel Shuldiner, exoBLACK.SCATTER, Black Painting, United States, 2015
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Located in New York, NY
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Gabriel Shuldiner, Data[t]Rash, Black Painting, United States, 2015
By Gabriel J. Shuldiner
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2010s American Michael Coffey Furniture

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Adjustable Sculpture Stand, United States, 2013
Located in New York, NY
This adjustable sculpture stand, inspired by a 19th century design, possesses an ingenious grooved stem that allows the piece rise to twice its pictured height.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Oak

Adjustable Sculpture Stand, United States, 2013
Located in New York, NY
This adjustable sculpture stand, inspired by a 19th century design, possesses an ingenious grooved stem that allows the piece rise to twice its pictured height.
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Michael Coffey Perceptions II Wall Hanging Mirror
By Michael Coffey
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Modern Michael Coffey Preceptions Mirror. American Craft Movement hand carved exotic African Mozambique with sweeping serpentine detail, accentuated with half moon mirrored glass. ...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

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Glass, Wood

Spectacular Rare Nail and Glass Wall Sculpture
By Michael Coffey
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing rare, brutalist and modernist wall sculpture attributed to Coffey is hard to find. The glass panels in a myriad of colors is amazing set against the brass and nails. Tru...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Michael Coffey, "Pas de Deux I," Dining Table, United States, 1971
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
Sculpted in the early 1970s from a rare Mozambique wood, this is one of the very first of Michael Coffey's twisting dining tables. The two supports of this exceptional table rise fro...
Category

1970s American Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Wood, Glass

American "Heron III" Console by Michael Coffey
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
An American black walnut wood "Heron III" console by Michael Coffey. This remarkable wall-mounted console is hand carved from black walnut and features an almond shaped, inset mirror...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Walnut

Michael Coffey "Pegasus" Coffee Table
By Michael Coffey
Located in New York, NY
Impressive sculpted Mozambique coffee table by Michael Coffey, 1985. Thick Lucite, half round base. Signature to underside.  
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Late 20th Century American Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Lucite, Wood

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  • Michael Coffey "Pegasus" Coffee Table
H 24 in. W 54 in. D 36 in.
Michael Coffey "Heron 1" Console Table
By Michael Coffey
Located in Pawtucket, RI
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

  • Michael Coffey "Heron 1" Console Table
  • Michael Coffey "Heron 1" Console Table
  • Michael Coffey "Heron 1" Console Table
  • Michael Coffey "Heron 1" Console Table
H 39 in. W 58 in. D 17 in.
Rare Michael Coffey Swahilli Cabinet
By Michael Coffey
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example of Michael Coffeys' Signature work. Signed and dated ,sitting on an original lucite base.
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1970s American Vintage Michael Coffey Furniture

Materials

Plexiglass, Walnut

  • Rare Michael Coffey Swahilli Cabinet
  • Rare Michael Coffey Swahilli Cabinet
  • Rare Michael Coffey Swahilli Cabinet
  • Rare Michael Coffey Swahilli Cabinet
H 30.5 in. W 81 in. D 24 in.

Michael Coffey furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Michael Coffey is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Michael Coffey collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 7 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Michael Coffey was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. Many customers also consider furniture by Allesandro for Baker Furniture, Juan Montoya and Kaizo Oto if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Michael Coffey furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $8,500 and tops out at $240,000, while pieces like these can sell for $35,500 on average.

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