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To be honest, there aren’t many Art Deco coffee tables about. Why? Because in the 1920s and 1930s the toffs would be more likely to have a cocktail bar in the corner and everyone else was drinking tea from a big pot on the dining room or kitchen table.
The lovely Italian mahogany table from the 1930s above is a bit of an exception.
Having said that, there do exist some very high end coffee tables, made by such designers as Paul Frankl of skyscaper furniture fame, or Donald Deskey. They tend to be of the extremely modern black chrome or lacquered variety, and will be very sought after and expensive.
However, if you are determined to have an elusive Deco table, you could use one of the many U shaped occasional tables which were made for keeping the Bakelite telephone on or a stylish ornament, the cigarette box or the big chunky cigarette lighter.
These tables tend to be a little higher than your average low coffee
table but it might do the job. Also popular were large ashtray stands or
lamps which incorporated a little table. These would sit beside the
club chair and be the ideal spot for the coffee cup.
You see a
lot of those in auctions these days, often in chrome and sadly many are
in pretty bad condition. But if you can find a good one, they sure do
evoke the era, and they tend to be very affordable.
There are lots of Art Deco end tables, which would sit at the end of the club sofa or by the wall, or occasional tables, for hallways or by a window. These are often veneered in exotic woods.
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