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Mid-Century Coffee Tables – Our Top 10

You’ve painstakingly styled the perfect retro living room but there’s one piece left to buy that will create the ideal focal point to pull your look together, the keystone of the room: a mid-century coffee table.

Both practical and beautiful, a stylish coffee table will act as the perfect perch for your TV remote, magazines and of course, coffee. With styles that feature clean lines and a sleek silhouette to tables with hidden storage for all your living room paraphernalia, there’s a lot of choices out there so we’ve compiled our top 10.

1. Habitables Coffee Table

Unique, handcrafted and incredibly well made – the Habitables coffee table was designed by Manuel Barrera, having been inspired by the Bahaus movement. Made from solid walnut featuring an iron frame and slender shelf that’s just large enough to stash magazines and your remote – this is a stylish table that would make for a chic addition to any home – £560.00

2. Belgrave Coffee Table

The Belgrave is a great example of a modern coffee table with a mid-century look. The oval shape, dark stain and bevelled edged detailing come together to create a sophisticated coffee table that’s too good to be thought of as a resting place for your remote – £249.00

3. Fifties Coffee Table

Reminiscent of the iconic 1950s kidney-shaped table, this smooth and sophisticated number will bring style and flair into your living room. The slim, tapered oak legs combined with the mineral green table top works together to offer a truly retro feel – £705.00

4. Metro Coffee Table

The Metro coffee table is a simple piece of design, crafted from natural rubber wood and featuring a pair of hairpin legs for a clean and contemporary take on mid-century style. The loop shape offers ample storage space for all your living room paraphernalia as well as a great look – £315.00

5. Sato Coffee Table

The Sato coffee table has been crafted from gorgeous rosewood and features a lovely seamless silhouette that’s perfectly placed in the centre of a mid-century space. Imagine styled with coffee table books and plant pots for a modern and contemporary update to your living room – £249.00

6. Joyce Large Acacia Coffee Table

The Joyce acacia coffee table is a great value piece packed full of style. The distinctive shape, asymmetric spindle legs and deep walnut finish come together to create a beautiful chic coffee table that’s timeless and on-trend. Try teaming with the smaller version for a nest of tables to covet – £130.00

7. Herzen Coffee Table

The Herzen coffee table from Swoon Editions is a brilliant example of a modern take on mid-century design. Boasting clean lines and a slick silhouette whilst featuring ample storage space and an on-trend geometric drawer, this is mid-century style with panache – £279.00

8. West Elm Mid-century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table

A brilliant way to maximise on minimal space, the west elm mid-century coffee table is a piece of furniture that works hard to deliver brilliantly on both form and function. Featuring a hidden storage and a gorgeous marble shelf, the distinctive design has been heavily influenced by 1950s and 1960s shapes and will bring a timeless and vintage feel to your living room interior – £699.00

9. Hooper Coffee Table

The Hooper coffee table from MADE has a bold and uncomplicated form that screams retro chic. The solid and striking shape is so on-trend and the hoop creates an ideal space for storage to keep your living room completely clutter-free – £169.00

10. Spring Scandinavian White Coffee Table

The Spring Scandinavian coffee table is a retro inspired masterpiece – a modern take on a vintage shape. The functional design features ample room for magazines, coffee table books or whatever takes your fancy – £91.99

When choosing the perfect coffee table, think about proportions, materials and shape. This piece of furniture will normally sit centrally in your space, so it needs to stand out for all the right reasons.

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  • Sarena is the founder of FindDesign, a curated platform for design-led contemporary furniture and homeware. Based in London, she's constantly searching for beautiful products, new designers and emerging trends, with a particular love for clean lines and minimalist aesthetics.

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