This website talks about the history of the table coffee which I thought was really interesting from how it started and how it changed through the century. It also talks about how the Arts and Crafts movement lead to the coffee table. Since it was made in the Victorian era, almost every products in that time were hand-made. Also the movement was part of the Britain culture, it was where have said the coffee table was first made. The culture in Britain was that there was two classes, you were either a high class(royalty) or low class. Mostly the coffee table’s were in the possession of the high class.
I am not sure if this is right, but I came across that revivalism became a part of the coffee table design.