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Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Guillerme et Chambron, Oak & Ceramic Coffee Table, France, circa 1948
Located in New York, NY
This midcentury, polished light oak table by the celebrated French designer Robert Guillerme, was created as part of a line of design he produced for the company Votre Maison. Featur...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Ceramic, Oak

Round Tray in Faux Tortoise and Brass Italy 1970s Gold Brown
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round tray in Faux Tortoise and Brass Italy 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Christian Dior 1960s Folding Tray Table Tortoiseshell Lucite and Silver Plate
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely Mid-Century modernist barware folding tray table designed for Christian Dior Home Collection, circa the 1960s by Maison Mercier, Paris. The original design is commonly given t...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal, Silver Plate

Round Brass Bamboo Tray in the Style of Ralph Lauren
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful brass bamboo tray - perfect for serving food or cocktails due to the large size. Also a compliment to any decor - on a console, cocktail or entry table? Stacks and displa...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Tray Table Designed by Astrid Sampe for Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stamped. Lacquered wood. The graphic design of this foldable tray table’s laminated fabric surface is both aesthetically appealing and historically significant. Astrid Sampe was ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Small Rattan Tray with Brass Handles, Italy 1970s
Located in London, GB
A small rattan tray with brass handles, Italy 1970s Perfect for coffee and tea or as a vide poche on an entrance console Measures: L 33 cm W 23cm H 3cm.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Hairpin Stacking TV Tray Tables
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool and functional pair of mid-century hairpin stacking TV tray tables, circa 1960s. The table frames are made of welded steel and the tray tops of laminated blonde wood. The...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Steel

Wonderful Fornasetti Tray with Original Brass Stand
Located in Munich, DE
Amazing flower print with nice patina.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal

Dorothy Draper Black Coffee Tabletop Gold Scallop Trim 1950s Hollywood Regency
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Painted Black Wood Coffee Tabletop Tray with Classic Gold Scallop Trim circa 1950s by Baker Co. No base is included, selling table...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Wood, Giltwood, Paint

Folding Midcentury Trays Reguitti Bed Rectangular Laminated Wood, 1950, Italian
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Folding midcentury trays reguitti bed rectangular laminated wood, 1950, Italian Design.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Beech, Plastic, Laminate

Pair of Mid-Century Collapsible Teak Tray Tables
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Two vintage modern tray tables featuring sculpted teak frames, black formica tops and brass handles. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

Ico Parisi, De Baggis, Magazine Rack, 1956, Italy
Located in Munich, DE
Ico & Luisa Parisi (1916 - 1996) Very nice side table / magazine rack made out of solid birch wood , glas and brass details. The top is a removable Tray. Produced by De Baggis in...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Wood

Pair of Tray Tables Designed by Jen Quistgaard
Located in Stockholm, SE
Denmark, 1950’s. Solid teak Measures: W: 62 cm / 24 1/3’’ L: 62 cm / 24 1/3’’ H: 46 cm / 18 1/6’’.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Teak

Italian Lucite Bar Table Removable Tray Side Table, 1970s
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Wonderful removable tray side table with mirror glass on top conveniently foldable in Lucite, circa 1970.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Lucite

Brass Tray Table by Maison Jansen, France, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage brass tray table in a bamboo motif, made by Maison Jansen, France, 1950s. Marked "France" underneath the tray and bottom of base. Solid brass with age appropriate patina.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Mathieu Matégot Set of 3 Extra Large French, 1960, Tray
Located in Miami, FL
Exceptional set of 3 huge Mathieu Matégot tray, Classic Matégot Rigitulle pattern with a polished brass trim Dimensions: 1 red 1 1/8 H, 25 3/8 L, 16 1/4 D 1 white 1 5/8 H, 35 1/8 ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Vintage Campaign Style Folding Trays
Located in Dallas, TX
This set of matching tables serving tray tables in Campaign styling. Made of walnut wood features a rectangular removable serving tray top with riveted handles, decorative brass deta...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Pair of Wicker and Bamboo Tray Tables
Located in New York, NY
Pair of wicker and bamboo tray tables. Pair of vintage wicker and bamboo handled trays on collapsible stands perfect as bedside tables at the beach or chic dinners in front of the te...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Bamboo, Wicker

Christian Dior Faux Bamboo Brass & Rattan Folding Tray Table
Located in Barcelona, ES
Dior Home faux bamboo brass and rattan folding tray table, France, 1970s. This cocktails table or drinks table features an X-base folding stand with a serving tray comprised of a sh...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century French Industrial Table with Swinging Shelf
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual and heavy table with moving table that swings. Original paint.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Iron

Large Early Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Staved Teak Serving Tray
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Teak tray designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk Designs during the 1950s. Two handles at the sides. Good untouched vintage condition with light ware consistent with age and use.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Teak

Rare French Side Tray Table Lucite and Brass Maison Jansen, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
Heighten the modern look of your living area with this sophisticated side table with transparent glass top removable tray. Made with solid brass and Lucite, and produced in France by...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Teak Serving Cart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This is a very unique vintage modern teak serving cart that features a pull-out tray, two tiers, on four wheels. (Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer).  
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

Teak and Rattan Trolley from 1950s Italy
Located in London, GB
A rare teak and rattan drinks or serving cart. The rattan tray at the top detaches, and can be used as a bed tray. (See images.) The trolley has been restored and is in good w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Rattan, Teak

Wood and Glass Serving Bar Cart by Cesare Lacca, Italy, 1950s
Located in Rome, IT
1950s serving bar cart featuring wood structure and three glass shelves by the Italian designer Cesare Lacca. The little tray in the middle is removable.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Glass, Wood

1950s Trolley Three Levels Polished Mahogany Glass Wheels Design by Ico Parisi
Located in London, GB
Original quite rare early 50s Trolley Italian Design by Ico Parisi This trolley for drinks and /or food comes with three trays on three levels all removable, in addition is on wheel...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal

Italian Wood and Brass Midcentury Side Table, 1950s
Located in Milan, IT
Splendid Italian wood and brass midcentury side table, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi, Tray Table, Signed, circa 1970
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Gabriella Crespi, Tray table, Painted wood, brass, Signed, circa 1970. Measures: Height 50 cm, width 62 cm, depth 38.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Italian Vintage Decorative Glass and Brass Tray 1980s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Italian tray made with glass and brass, the tray is in original conditions.  
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Silver Plate

Side Table or Butlers Tray by Svend Langkilde for Illums Bolighus, Denmark
Located in Ghent, BE
Teak side table with a removable rectangular top tray with hinged ends on an open frame base with brass cross stretchers. Designed by Svend Langkilde for Illums Bolighus, circa 1960...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Charles Hollis Jones Clear Lucite and Brass Serving Trays
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful set of four clear Lucite serving trays and stand designed by Charles Hollis Jones for Lucille Ball and part of the "Ball" Line. The tables and stand are in original conditi...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

French Modern Neoclassical Brass Faux Bamboo & Mirror Bar Cart by Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
An elegant French midcentury solid brass / bronze faux bamboo tea cart / bar cart with mercury glass mirrored tops by Maison Baguès embracing modern and neoclassical traditions. The ...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Set of Two Atomic Triangle Tripod Folding Side Tables, 1950s
Located in Lambertville, NJ
This is the fist set of these we have ever seen. So cool and versatile, these triangle side tables can be used anywhere. The folding base is iron and the tops are masonite. There is...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Iron

Folding and Adjustable Bed Tray, Laminated Wood, Fratelli Reguitti, Italy, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Folding and adjustable bed tray. In laminated wood of the Reguitti Brothers. This tray is like new. Made in Italy in the 1950s Maximum open height 46 cm, height when closed 6.5 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Laminate, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Tray Table in Rosewood with Inlaid Tiles by Royal Copenhagen
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Mid-Century Modern tray table in rosewood and with inlaid Royal Copenhagen faience tiles. Marked on the underside of the tray with a ceramic label. In great unrestored vint...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Hardwood

Ercole Barovier Mirror-Engraved Murano Glass Italian Serving Tray, 1940s
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury mirror-engraved Murano glass serving tray. This wonderful piece was produced in Italy during 1940s by the master Murano glass-maker of Ercole Barovier. This wonderful item...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal, Brass

Bohemian Bamboo Brass & Wrought Iron Dry Bar Wine Stand Bottle Console with Tray
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Boho Chic rectangular bamboo stand with wrought iron bottle rack and comes with a serving tray. Tray measures: Height: 4 inches, Depth: 13.25 inches, Length: 31.5 ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Square Tray in Solid Brass Italian Design with Raised Bamboo, 1970s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Square tray in solid brass Italian design with raised bamboo, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Plastic Trolley Bar Container Table by Marcello Siard for Longato
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
What an iconic and vibrant piece Italian 1960s furniture this container table on wheels is. It is marked.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Plastic

Renato Forti Bar Cart / Work Unit, Italy, 1950s
Located in Milan, IT
Rare designer Renato Forti bar cart/work unit, Italy, 1950s Renato Forti is most known for his Lighting design collaborations with Giuseppe Ostuni for Oluce. The piece belonged to ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Fratelli Reguitti Midcentury Round Beech Wood and Iron Italian Trolley, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury beech wood and iron bar trolley. This fantastic item was designed by Fratelli Reguitti in Italy during the 1950s. This rare piece is made of beech wood with iro...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Aldo Tura Diminutive Goat Skin Trolly or Serving Wagon
Located in Stamford, CT
This sweet Aldo Tura diminutive modern goatskin trolley or serving wagon is certain to grab attention. Having a galleried brass top and bottom shelf this wonderfully designed cart by...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Goatskin

Italian Midcentury Piero Fornasetti Tray with Key Detail
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Matte black round tray featuring three gold ornamental keys by Piero Fornasetti.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Asian Style Black Metal Tray Table or Serving Table, Around 1960
Located in Berlin, DE
This mid century Asian style black tray table or serving table was made around 1960 in Italy. It is made out of lacquered metal and the tray has some asian decor. A unique piece whi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Metal

McGuire Style Rectangular Bamboo Wood Mid-Century Modern Tray Table American 80s
Located in Miami, FL
McGuire style traditional tray coffee table Mid-Century Modern in light bamboo, woven with Leather bindings around the joints. The top is a handmade tray woven with cane and bamboo ...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Leather, Wood, Bamboo, Cane

Italian Midcentury Set of Two Wood Coffee Table by Scarpa for Cassina, 1970
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian midcentury set of two rosewood stained walnut coffee table by Scarpa for Cassina, 1970 Couple of rosewood stained walnut coffee table, with possible top in white formica or ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Walnut

Walnut & Teak Sputnik Tripod Tray, Side Table by Severin Hansen, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Very rare side or tray table designed by the Danish Architect Severin Hansen in 1956. It features a walnut construction with the characteristic brass rings and is loosely fitted with...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Danish Modern Tray Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stylish Danish modern tray table. Teak wood construction. The base's slim and sleek angular profile is complimented by the circular tabletop with raised edges. A nice piece sure to i...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Teak

Pair of French Side Tray Tables Faux Tortoise Brass Maison Mercier 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
Heighten the modern look of your living area with this beautiful pair of sophisticated side tables with folding feet and removable trays, in brass and faux tortoise pattern produced ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

1960s Walnut Campaign Tray Table by Kipp Stewart & Stewart McDougall for Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern walnut campaign style folding X form tray, side or end table with removable tray. Designed by Stewart MacDougall and Kipp Stewart for Drexel Furniture Company, Dec...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Canvas, Walnut

Nest of Three Brass & Glass Trolley Tables by Maison Bagues France, Midcentury
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning set of three original mid century modern Maison Bagues trolley nested tables A very good looking highly decorative and collectable...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Two Trays Bar Cart by Cesare Lacca, Italy 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Two trays bar cart by Cesare Lacca, Italy 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Wood

Mid Century Foldable Teak Bar Trolley
Located in Weesp, NL
Stylish 1960 teak foldable bar trolley made in Germany. The two round trays can be used as serving trays. The trolley is in great vintage condition. It will be shipped insured overs...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Iron

'Tricorne' Tray by Robin Day for Hille, 1955, Super Mid-Century Plywood Object
Located in London, GB
Robin Day for Hille ‘Tricorne’ tray, 1955 Formed plywood, beech veneer. Original label to underside. Condition: Cosmetically very good condition, but please note that there i...
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1950s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Plywood

Maison Baguès/Maison Jansen Vintage French Serving Trolley, France, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Maison Baguès midcentury vintage trolley made of brass with glass shelves. The top shelf can be used as a glass trey. Good vintage condition.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Celadon Shagreen Tray with Handles
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Rectangular tray cover with green and white detail shagreen. Bronze finish handle and tortoise finish on brass. Size: Height with handle 1.5 inch.    
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Great Tray Table Solid Brass Italian Design 1970s Hammered by Hand Rectangular
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Great tray table solid brass Italian design 1970s Hammered by Hand Rectangular.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

Unusual Aldo Tura Bar Cart
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual Aldo Tura bar cart, goatskin and gold plated metal. Signed underneath with the firm's label.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

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Brass

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