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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, "Modèle Sultzer," Art Deco Desk, Mahogany, 1932
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in New York, NY
This rare writing table in polished mahogany and silvered bronze is marked by E´mile-Jacques Ruhlmann's signature aesthetic motifs, manifest in its set of flared and tapered legs, an...
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20th Century French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Art Deco Macassar Pedestal Desk in the Manner of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, 1930
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Chicago, IL
French Art Deco macassar ebony double pedestal desk in the manner of legendary Art Deco Parisian furniture and interior designer, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. This very important and rare...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Rare & Early Art Deco Writing Table By E.J. Ruhlmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in New York, NY
Rare & Early Burled elm writing Table with gilt bronze Sabot and details, by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Part of a larger suite
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Modern Oak and Leather Desk, Émile Jacques Ruhlmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Miami, FL
From maison des provinces de France, city universitaire provenance sothebys 3/7/2012 literature- G Brunon Guardia, "La Maison des Provincesde France a la Cite' Universitaire", Art ...
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Vintage 1930s French Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

E.J. Ruhlmann: Rare And Elegant 1930 Desk In Oak And Ash
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Encino, CA
Rare elegant desk by Emile-Jacques RUHLMANN in oak and ash with a suede top and a single large drawer with a brass knob. This very rare desk was part of the interior design for t...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Ash

E.J. Ruhlmann: Rare And Elegant 1930 Desk In Oak And Ash
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Encino, CA
Rare elegant desk by Emile-Jacques RUHLMANN in oak and ash with a suede top and a single large drawer with a brass knob. This very rare desk was part of the interior design for th...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash, Oak

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Oak Desk and Chair, Cité Universitaire de Paris, 1932
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A desk and chair by French Art Deco master Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Tooled oil-cloth applied to the top of the desk. Chair with a corded seat. Desk: 30" x 47" x 27 1/2", chair: 33...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Hemp, Oak

Rare Writing Table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in New York, NY
Rare writing table "modele Sultzer" by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), Stamped "Ruhlmann", Dated "1932", France, Mahogany & silvered bronze sabots
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

  • Rare Writing Table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
  • Rare Writing Table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
  • Rare Writing Table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
  • Rare Writing Table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
H 35.5 in. W 35.5 in. D 25.75 in.
Petite Art Deco Macassar Writing or Vanity Desk
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Oakland, CA
This lovely desk has many of the essential French elements you would expect from that empowered period of 1925. Nice parchment top with drawers and beautiful petite legs. A strong de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Argentine Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Parchment Paper, Wood

A Lime Rosewood Writing Table In The Manner Of Ruhlmann
Located in London, GB
A French limed rosewood writing table of good quality in the manner of Ruhlmann. With a fitted desk inside and on finely splayed tapering legs.
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Vintage 1930s French Desks and Writing Tables

Art Deco Console/Writing Table in the style of Ruhlmann
Located in New York, NY
Spectacular console/writing table <br /> in black lacquer,with embossed bronze<br /> leather top, and gilt detailing.<br /> Table has tapered & fluted column<br /> legs and is eq...
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20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

the Student's Desk by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rectangular oak desk with rounded corners, a tan leather writing surface and a central drawer, on tapered legs.
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Vintage 1930s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Awesome Art Deco Desk and Chair in the Style of Ruhlmann
Located in Oakland, CA
You've probably only ever seen a piece like this in books on Art Deco. This custom piece was made for our shop; the goal was to re-create this famous Ruhlmann desk. The finest Macass...
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21st Century and Contemporary South American Art Deco Desks and Writing ...

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Leather, Wood

French Art Deco Desk in Macassar Inspired by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Houston, TX
Unusually shaped period French Art Deco executive desk with inset leather, bronze hardware and four drawers. This stunning Art Deco desk is inspired by the work of Émile-Jacques Ruhl...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Macassar

A Close Look at Art Deco Furniture

Art Deco furniture is characterized by its celebration of modern life. More than its emphasis on natural wood grains and focus on traditional craftsmanship, Art Deco furniture is an ode to the glamour of the “Roaring Twenties.”

The term Art Deco derives from the name of a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. Art Deco textile designers employed dazzling floral motifs and vivid colors, and while Art Deco furniture makers respected the dark woods and modern metals with which they worked, they frequently incorporated decorative embellishments in their pieces, such as exotic animal hides as well as veneers. Today, the style is still favored by designers looking to infuse interiors with an air of luxury and sophistication.

From mother-of-pearl inlaid vitrines to chrome aviator chairs, bold and inventive works in the Art Deco style include chaise longues (also known as chaise lounges) and curved armchairs.

At 1stDibs, browse Art Deco furniture by designer, including works by Georg Jensen and René Lalique, or by category, from angular chairs and sculptural burl wood tables to lighting and decorative objects.

Finding the Right Desks Writing Tables for You

Choosing the perfect writing desk or writing table is a profoundly personal journey, one that people have been embarking upon for centuries.

Queen Atossa of Persia, from her writing table circa 500 B.C., is said to have been the originator of the art of handwritten letters. Hers was reportedly the first in a long and colorful history of penned correspondence that grew in popularity alongside literacy. The demand for suitable writing desks, which would serve the composer of the letters as well as ensure the comfort of the recipient naturally followed, and the design of these necessary furnishings has evolved throughout history.

Once people began to seek freedom from the outwardly ornate styles of the walnut and rosewood writing desks and drafting tables introduced in the name of Queen Victoria and King Louis XV, radical shifts occurred, such as those that materialized during the Art Nouveau period, when designers longed to produce furniture inspired by the natural world’s beauty. A prime example is the work of the famous late-19th-century Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí — his rolltop desk featured deep side drawers and was adorned with carved motifs that paid tribute to nature. Gaudí regularly combined structural precision with decorative elements, creating beautiful pieces of wood and metal.

Soon afterward, preferences for sleek, geometric, stylized forms in furniture that saw an emphasis on natural wood grains and traditional craftsmanship took hold. Today, Art Deco desks are still favored by designers who seek to infuse interiors with an air of luxury. One of the most prominent figures of the Art Deco movement was French decorator and furniture designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. With his use of neoclassical motifs as well as expensive and exotic materials such as imported dark woods and inlays of precious metals for his vintage writing desks, Ruhlmann came to symbolize good taste and modernity.

The rise in appreciation for Scandinavian modernism continues to influence the design of contemporary writing desks. It employs the “no fuss” or “less is more” approach to creating a tasteful, sophisticated space. Sweden’s master cabinetmaker Bruno Mathsson created gallery-worthy designs that are as functional as they are beautiful. Finnish architect Alvar Aalto never viewed himself as an artist, but, like Mathsson, his furniture designs reflected a fondness for organic materials and a humanistic approach. Danish designers such as Hans Wegner introduced elegant shapes and lines to mid-century desks and writing tables, often working in oak and solid teak.

From vintage desks to contemporary styles, 1stDibs offers a broad spectrum of choices for conducting all personal and business writing and reading activities.