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Post-Modern Center Tables

POSTMODERN STYLE

Postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of vintage postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects and decor for the home included loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions, vibrant colors and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

ORIGINS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Emerges during the 1960s; popularity explodes during the ’80s
  • A reaction to prevailing conventions of modernism by mainly American architects
  • Architect Robert Venturi critiques modern architecture in his Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966)
  • Theorist Charles Jencks, who championed architecture filled with allusions and cultural references, writes The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (1977)
  • Italian design collective the Memphis Group, also known as Memphis Milano, meets for the first time (1980) 
  • Memphis collective debuts more than 50 objects and furnishings at Salone del Milano (1981)
  • Interest in style declines, minimalism gains steam

CHARACTERISTICS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Dizzying graphic patterns and an emphasis on loud, off-the-wall colors
  • Use of plastic and laminates, glass, metal and marble; lacquered and painted wood 
  • Unconventional proportions and abundant ornamentation
  • Playful nods to Art Deco and Pop art

POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE POSTMODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. Decades later, the fact that postmodernism still has the power to provoke thoughts, along with other reactions, proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodern design began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. Later, in Milan, a cohort of creators led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendinia onetime mentor to Sottsass and a key figure in the Italian Radical movement — brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass, an industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, gathered a core group of young designers into a collective in 1980 they called Memphis. Members of the Memphis Group,  which would come to include Martine Bedin, Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata, Michele de Lucchi and Matteo Thun, saw design as a means of communication, and they wanted it to shout. That it did: The first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 in Milan and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power-cord leash. Even though it preceded the Memphis Group’s formal launch, Sottsass’s iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell with radical pops of pink neon — proves striking in any space and embodies many of the collective’s postmodern ideals. 

After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, the postmodern movement within furniture and interior design quickly took off in America. (Memphis fell out of fashion when the Reagan era gave way to cool 1990’s minimalism.) The architect Robert Venturi had by then already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc., with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the vintage postmodern furniture collection includes chairs, coffee tables, sofas, decorative objects, table lamps and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper White Carrara Marble Eros Triangle Center Table
Located in Almelo, NL
Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper White Carrara Marble "Eros" Triangle Centre Table 1970 This is a rare, iconic triangle table designed by Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper in the 1970s. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Carrara Marble

Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper 'Eros' Dining Table in Carrara Marble
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper, dining table ‘Eros’, white marble, 1970s This sculptural table by Angelo Mangiarotti is a skilful example of postmodern design. The table is executed...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Carrara Marble

Oxyde Table by Divague Création
Located in Geneve, CH
Oxyde Table by Divague Création Dimensions: W 190 x D 80 x H 41 cm Materials: Roma Impérial Quartzite, Rusted, Sanded and Stabilized Steel. Broken fields, eroded steel, this table i...
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2010s French Post-Modern Center Tables

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Quartz, Steel

Shiro Kuramata KYOTO Round Table for MEMPHIS srl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Kyoto round table (1983) Shiro Kuramata (Japan) / Memphis Milano Round end table in metal and colored-glass-infused "Star Piece" terrazzo Dimen...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Object 035 Oak Round Table by NG Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Object 035 Oak Round Table by NG Design Dimensions: D130 x W130 x H70 cm Materials: Powder coated steel, Solid Oak. Also Available: All of objects available in different materials a...
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2010s Polish Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Custom Listing / Set of 2 Andrea and Luca Coffee Table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Andrea and Luca coffee table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci Dimensions: Andrea: D 94 x W 71 x H 28 cm. Luca: D 140 x W 86.5 x H 32 cm. Materials: Travertine, bronze legs. Umbert...
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2010s American Post-Modern Center Tables

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Travertine, Bronze

Mario Bellini Carrara Marble Dining Table for Cassina
Located in Los Angeles, CA
'Il Colonnato' round dining table in Carrara marble by Mario Bellini for Cassina. The table features a thick round white marble top with distinct gray veining. There are five thick c...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Stone, Marble, Carrara Marble

Luca Coffee Table Small by Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Located in Geneve, CH
Luca coffee table small by Umberto Bellardi Ricci Dimensions: W 71.1 x D 109.24 x H 22.9 cm Materials: Travertine, bronze legs. Umberto Bellardi...
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2010s American Post-Modern Center Tables

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Travertine, Bronze

Waje Center Table by Comuna MX
Located in Geneve, CH
Waje Center Table by Comuna MX Dimensions: W 90 x D 90 x H 43 cm Materials: Orange Cantera Stone, Oak Wood. Weight: 70 Kg. Some parts of this product are handmade, so they may var...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Center Tables

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Stone

Toy Coffee Table by Panorammma
Located in Geneve, CH
Toy Coffee Table by Panorammma Dimensions: ⌀ 70 x H 40 cm Materials: Blue Calacite, Pink and Black Monterrey Marble, Caramel and Green Onyx Rounded pillars of blue calcite, pink ma...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble, Onyx, Other

Lacista Center Table by Andres Monnier
Located in Geneve, CH
Lacista Center Table by Andres Monnier Limited Edition Of 8 Pieces. Dimensions: D 29 x W 160 x H 80 cm. Materials: White onyx. Andrés Monnier is a Mexican artist born in Guadalajara...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Center Tables

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Onyx

Artedi Black Marble Glass Chrome Round Dining Table MidCentury Modern 1970s 80s
Located in London, GB
Beautiful black Carrara marble hexagon plinth dining table with chrome frame where the round smoked glass sits. Easy to use either in the breakfas...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble, Carrara Marble, Steel, Chrome

1960s Postmodern Italian Polished Travertine Coffee Table
Located in La Mesa, CA
A mid century modern square polished Italian travertine coffee table with rounded edges. Table is polished and features a clean edge. Very postmodern and minimalist.
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Travertine

Set of 2 Andrea and Luca Coffee Table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Andrea and Luca coffee table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci Dimensions: Andrea: D 94 x W 71 x H 28 cm. Luca: D 140 x W 86.5 x H 34.29 cm. Materials: Travertine, bronze legs. Umb...
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2010s American Post-Modern Center Tables

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Travertine, Bronze

Object 035 Oak Round Table by NG Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Object 035 oak round table by NG Design Dimensions: D130 x W130 x H70 cm Materials: Powder coated steel, Solid Oak Also Available: All of objects ...
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2010s Polish Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Block glass coffee table for living room designer Nanda Vigo for Acerbis 1970s
Located in Milano, MI
Iconic 1970s design coffee table with square glass top and mirror cube at base Drawn by Nanda Vigo in the early 1970s for the well-known company Acerbis excellent overall condition...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Center Tables

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Glass, Mirror, Wood

Deposit 50% / Set of 2 Andrea and Luca Coffee Table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Andrea and Luca coffee table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci Dimensions: Andrea: D 94 x W 71 x H 28 cm. Luca: D 140 x W 86.5 x H 32 cm. Materials: Travertine, bronze legs. Umbert...
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2010s American Post-Modern Center Tables

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Travertine, Bronze

Infinity Center Table by Memoir Essence
Located in Geneve, CH
Infinity Center Table by Memoir Essence Dimensions: D 53 x W 100 x H 35 cm. Materials: Polished brass, walnut root and white marble. Also available in brushed brass. Please contact ...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble, Brass

Ebony Center Table by Memoir Essence
Located in Geneve, CH
Ebony Center Table by Memoir Essence Dimensions: D 120 x W 120 x H 27 cm. Materials: Polished brass, lacquer and Royal ebony. An exquisite combination of royal ebony veneer and blac...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Center Tables

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Brass

Lavish Center Table by Memoir Essence
Located in Geneve, CH
Lavish Center Table by Memoir Essence Dimensions: D 100 x W 100 x H 30 cm. Materials: Brushed brass and polished stainless steel. This center table is one of the Lavish collection p...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Center Tables

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Contemporary Chromed Steel Blue and Yellow Glass Round Center Table, Italy, 1970
Located in Madrid, ES
1970´s original side table with a chromed steel structure and an actual glass top designed by IKB191 in blue and yellow.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Contemporary Chromed Steel Green and Grey Glass Round Center Table, Italy, 1970
Located in Madrid, ES
1970´s original side table with a chromed steel structure and an actual glass top designed by IKB191 in green and grey.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Vintage 1980's MacManus Stone Coffee Table Attributed to Magnussen Ponte
Located in Weymouth, MA
Vintage post modern Mactan stone coffee table. White stone with a gold sphere inside a white arc. A large glass table top completes the table. Attributed to Magnussen Ponte
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Center Tables

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Stone

Giotto Stoppino Round Table with Steel Base and Glass Top 1970s Italy
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
A round-shape dining table with a steel base and glass on top, designed by Giotto Stoppino, Italian Manufacture, 1970s. Giotto Stoppino has been one of the architects that inspired ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

1970s Postmodern Italian Travertine Cube Coffee Table
Located in La Mesa, CA
Postmodern sculptural coffee table made out of Italian honed travertine in the shape of a cube.
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Travertine

Euphoria Small Center Table by Memoir Essence
Located in Geneve, CH
Euphoria Small Center Table by Memoir Essence Dimensions: D 50 x W 50 x H 50 cm. Materials: Polished brass, lacquer and glass. Available in different sizes. Please contact us. Memo...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Center Tables

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Brass

Set Of 3 Euphoria Center Tables by Memoir Essence
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 3 Euphoria Center Table by Memoir Essence Dimensions: Large: D 120 x W 120 x H 27 cm. Medium: D 90 x W 90 x H 37 cm. Small: D 50 x W 50 x H 50 cm. Materials: Polished brass, l...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Center Tables

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Brass

Euphoria Large Center Table by Memoir Essence
Located in Geneve, CH
Euphoria Large Center Table by Memoir Essence Dimensions: D 120 x W 120 x H 27 cm. Materials: Polished brass, lacquer and glass. Available in different sizes. Please contact us. Me...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Center Tables

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Brass

Euphoria Medium Center Table by Memoir Essence
Located in Geneve, CH
Euphoria Medium Center Table by Memoir Essence Dimensions: D 90 x W 90 x H 37 cm. Materials: Polished brass, lacquer and glass. Available in different sizes. Please contact us. Mem...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Center Tables

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Brass

Post-Modern Formica Laminate Pink Circle Table Set, 4 Pcs
Located in Plainview, NY
Introducing a truly versatile addition to your living space, a post-modern four-piece Formica laminate drum table set, elegantly finished in a soot...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Center Tables

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Laminate

Francesco Fois for Bernini 'Click' Dining Table in Maple and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Francesco Fois for Bernini, 'Click' dining table maple, metal, Italy, 1986 The table model Click, conceived by Francesco Fois for Bernini in the year 1986, stands as a testament to...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Metal

Centre Table No. 12 - Vrksa Series
Located in Cape Girardeau, MO
The Vrksa Series is based on bending solid wood to create the pieces, this has allowed us to design handmade furniture in a unique aesthetic in which the natural flow of the wood tak...
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2010s Post-Modern Center Tables

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Glass, Bentwood

Italian Postmodern Dining Table Round Geometric Exotic Cipollino Ondulato Marble
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Attractive vintage Cipollino Ondulato marble dining table, designed and manufactured in Italy. This table has a strong design with rich veini...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble

Levels Set of 3 Nesting Tables by Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova
Located in Geneve, CH
Levels set of 3 nesting tables Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldov Dimensions: Ø75 x 25 cm Ø50 x 40 Ø38 x 58 Materials: Solid oak, natural oiled & oak taint...
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2010s French Post-Modern Center Tables

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Oak

1980s Postmodern Cantilevered Coffee Table
Located in La Mesa, CA
Modernist sculptural oak coffee table in an “origami” shape. Geometrical nooks are perfect to store books or magazines. Top has been profes...
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1980s North American Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Fiberglass, Lacquer

Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper White Carrara Marble "Eros" Round Center Table
Located in Almelo, NL
Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper White Carrara Marble "Eros" Round Centre Table 1970 This round table is an iconic piece designed by Angelo Mangiarotti for skipper in the 1970s. The '...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Carrara Marble

Modern Round Deep Dark Red Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modern round deep dark red coffee table.
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Center Tables

Materials

Coating

Lion in Frost Marble Lucite Brass Desk Console Table 1970s Postmodern 1980s
Located in London, GB
This striking glass top desk or table, manufactured by popular 1970s acrylics company Lion in Frost, features two thick lucite and raw edge carrara marble corner pieces with brass fi...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble, Brass

Knight Table by Cal Summers
Located in Geneve, CH
Knight Table by Cal Summers Dimension: L 76.2 x D 127 x H 35.6 cm Materials: Sculpted Steel. Cal Summers is a British designer who makes bespoke handmade furniture and contemporar...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Ovoid Table by Cal Summers
Located in Geneve, CH
Ovoid Table by Cal Summers Dimension: W 140 x D 113 x H 23 cm Materials: Patinated Steel. Cal Summers is a British designer who makes bespoke handmade furniture and contemporary ar...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Unique Spill Table by Goons
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique spill table by Goons Dimensions:  W 97 x D 147 x  H 33 cm Materials: Wood Dimensions can be adjusted +/- 10 cm Goons is located in Paris, France. All of their designs a...
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2010s French Post-Modern Center Tables

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Wood

Reclaimed Black Oak Rectangular Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This solid wood coffee table is handcrafted of wood that retains its natural character, bearing the occasional knot, nick or crack where no two tables are exactly the same.
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Center Tables

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Oak

Penca Center Table by Francisco Torres
Located in Geneve, CH
Penca Center Table by Francisco Torres Dimensions: D 100 x W 165 x H 40 cm Materials: Steel. Outdoor suitable. The concept of the Penca family, designed by Francisco Torres and Rosa...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Center Tables

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Steel

Post Modern Sculptural Plaster Coffee Table, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern Sculptural Plaster Coffee Table, 1970. Original
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1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

Materials

Plaster

M Console Table by Goons
Located in Geneve, CH
M console table by Goons. Dimensions:  W 122 x D 270 x  H 74 cm. Materials: Wood. Dimensions can be adjusted +/- 10 cm. Goons is located in Paris, France. All of their designs...
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2010s French Post-Modern Center Tables

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Wood

Coffee Table by Marmi Serafini
Located in Geneve, CH
Coffee Table by Marmi Serafini Designed by Arthur Vallin Dimensions: D 60 x W 120 x H 30 cm Materials: Brass, Marble Range 10 Available in other marbles and metals. Marmi Serafini is...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble, Brass

Segmented Round Black Oak Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Solid oak round segmented coffee table
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Center Tables

Materials

Hardwood, Oak

Flywater Table by Calen Knauf
Located in Geneve, CH
Florist Chair by Calen Knauf Dimensions: D 56 x W 56 x H 39 cm Materials: Waxed Aluminum, Tinted epoxy resin The Flywater Occasional Table comes from observing a fly stuck in t...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Center Tables

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Aluminum

Unique Cosmic Table by Dessislava Madanska
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique cosmic table by Dessislava Madanska. One design space. Dimensions: W 134 x D 134 x H 24 cm. Materials: Marble, brass. Limited edition of 2+1A.P Dessislava Madanska is a...
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2010s English Post-Modern Center Tables

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Marble, Brass

Kalokagathos Table by Jiri Krejcirik
Located in Geneve, CH
Kalokagathos table by Jiri Krejcirik Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 42 cm Materials: solid wood Also available in pine, cherry, pine and birch. The tables entitled Odyssey and Kalokag...
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2010s Czech Post-Modern Center Tables

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Cherry

Garden Glass Star Shaped Cast Iron Round Dining Table 1970s French Antique 60s
Located in London, GB
An amazing distressed star-shaped dining table made of pure cast iron. Fantastically angular, this sturdy table is completed with a round glass top. Three swirling feet, with touches...
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1970s French Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Wrought Iron

Sculpted Bench in Black by Dessislava Madanska
Located in Geneve, CH
Sculpted bench in black by Dessislava Madanska Onedesignspace Dimensions: W 240 x D 34 x H 31 cm Materials: Oak wood Limited edition of 3+1A.P. Dessislava Madanska is a London...
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2010s English Post-Modern Center Tables

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Oak

Mid Century Italian Post Modern Travertine Marble Dining Table or Center Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful dining table or center table from Italy circa 1980's. The table features a travertine slab X-base with a thick clear glass top.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Travertine

Philippe Starck President M Dining or Center Table for Baleri Italia
Located in Miami, FL
President M dining or center table with sandblasted seafoam green glass top on a gray enameled steel base by Philippe Starck for Baleri Italia.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Center Tables

Materials

Steel

Contemporary, Brutalist, Round Center Table, Elm, Metal
Located in Stamford, CT
Contemporary, Paul Evans Style, Brutalist, Round Center Table, Elm, Metal A very sleek and fitting with the times Center or Dining Table in the manner of Paul Evans having a brutalist metal base of rustic form supporting a large round table top of unstained elm. A wonderfully form fitting table...
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2010s Post-Modern Center Tables

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Metal

Late 1970s Postmodern Handcrafted Faux Marble Dining / Entry Table
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Post-Modern handcrafted faux marble pedestal dining/center/conference table. Circa Late 1970s. Features a minimalist inspired design, with a polished black and white marblei...
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1970s Vintage Post-Modern Center Tables

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Resin, Wood

Levels Set of 3 Nesting Tables by Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova
Located in Geneve, CH
Levels set of 3 nesting tables Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldov Dimensions: Ø75 x 25 cm Ø50 x 40 Ø38 x 58 Materials: Solid oak, Oak tainted black & Marbl...
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2010s French Post-Modern Center Tables

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Glass, Oak

Sphere Table by Studio Christinekalia
Located in Geneve, CH
Sphere table by Studio Christinekalia Dimensions: W 70 x D 70 x H 35 cm. Materials: Wood, burl veneer. Derived from the element of the sphere, this l...
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2010s Cypriot Post-Modern Center Tables

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Burl, Wood

Post-modern center tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Post-Modern center tables for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage center tables created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include tables, decorative objects, seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, stone and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Post-Modern center tables made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original center tables, popular names associated with this style include Dan Yeffet, Lucie Koldova, Angelo Mangiarotti, and Raka Studio. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for center tables differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $594 and tops out at $42,523 while the average work can sell for $5,829.

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