Vintage Surfboard Coffee Tables



2015-06-26 10:34:07

Vintage Surfboard Coffee Tables are original coffee tables designed to resemble surfboards.

Brief history and description

Vintage surfboard coffee tables were initially inspired by the long surfboard-style during the 1950s, and started to become fashionable as a furniture item during the 1960s.

Surfboard coffee tables typically feature a long and oval shape, however, some of the many top-selling surfboard coffee tables have featured a whale-tale design as well.

Some of the most notable surfboard coffee table designers were Ray and Charles Eames, who first came up with the design for an elongated Elliptical table (now nicknamed as the "surfboard table") in 1951, and many of their surfboard coffee table designs were re-issued by Herman Miller in 1994.

Guide for collectors

Surfboard coffee tables that were designed by Charles and Ray Eames are considered to be the most rare and valuable, along with any Eames surfboard tables that were re-issued by Herman Miller in 1994.

Restoration of a vintage surfboard coffee table is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage (however, restoring a vintage surfboard coffee table may decrease its value).

For more information regarding vintage surfboard coffee tables, visit the Eames Gallery.


Wright in Chicago, Illinois sold a laminated plywood and zinc-plated steel surfboard coffee table (circa 1951; 89" x 29" x 12") which was designed by Charles and Ray Eames for $20,000 in October of 2008.

Surfboard coffee tables which were designed by Charles Eames and Herman Miller and feature a black laminate top are worth as much as $1,600, while their surfboard coffee tables which feature a white laminate top, on the other hand, are worth around $1,300.

Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Florida sold a Charles & Ray Eames and Herman Miller surfboard coffee table made of laminated wood and zinc-plated steel for $1,100 in February of 2012.

A surfboard coffee table with a brass top framed by an ebonized border on a brass structural base is worth around $550.

A pine and twig surfboard coffee table is worth around $100.

A Heritage Danish-style surfboard coffee table is worth around $600 to $700.

A Danish modern teak surfboard coffee table which was designed by Moreddi is worth around $225.

Danish modern glass coffee tables that are shaped like surfboards, on the other hand, are worth around $150.

(All values based on auction results from

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