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A coffee table is, of course, an essential part of any sitting room. It is the perfect place to rest a drink, decorate with a vase of flowers or even rest your feet. In the 1950s, coffee tables were designed in many shapes and styles but always at the intersection of total functionality and aesthetic beauty. A 1950s coffee table can bring your lounge right up to date with a welcome dose of mid-century charm, remaining eminently usable and crafted in the exceptional, everlasting quality you expect from the era. Whatever style is right for you, the 1950s coffee table is an enduring icon of interior design and adds effortless chic to any living space. Browse the range now.
Why choose a vintage 1950s coffee table?When it comes to style, there are so many fabulous incarnations of the 1950s coffee table, each one as lovely as the last. Classic shapes include oval, rectangular and the striking kidney or boomerang shape, as well as teardrop, square and round models. Table-tops are made from a huge range of materials – from polished glass to bright Formica and high gloss teak to smooth, blonde ash - even woven rattan makes an appearance.
Some coffee tables came with extra storage space, a concealed drawer or a lower shelf to hold magazines or books, incorporating the decade’s signature practicality into their design. The tables regularly feature the gently angled legs that are now synonymous with mid century design, although some designers were exploring futurism at the time and incorporated elements of this into their styling, standing tables on chrome spokes.
How to style 1950s coffee tablesBecause 1950s coffee tables are so varied in appearance, you can find a model that fits seamlessly in to virtually any sitting room. Play around with colour where you least expect it by placing a blue or yellow Formica-topped table centre stage in a room decorated with a muted palette, or for more rustic appeal, choose exposed wood with a nicely aged patina. If you’re having trouble finding a TV stand that looks right in your 50s inspired lounge, think outside the box! A slim 1950s coffee table with a shelf could be the perfect go-between, providing optimum countertop space for your television, games console and DVD player.
Feeling inspired? Start browsing our fabulous range of 1950s coffee tables today and find the perfect piece of mid-century history to set your cup of tea down on.