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J. Svenstrup Executive Desk
Located in Bristol, GB
A handsome executive desk by J. Svenstrup for A.P. Møbler Denmark in teak, featuring six drawers to
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Teak

J. Svenstrup Executive Desk
J. Svenstrup Executive Desk
H 28.75 in W 51.19 in D 27.96 in
Modernist lacquered wood executive desk
Located in New York, NY
Modernist lacquered wood five drawer executive desk and with cantilevered top.
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Modernist lacquered wood executive desk
Modernist lacquered wood executive desk
H 31.25 in W 63 in D 29 in
Modern White Lacquered Executive Desk
Located in North York, ON
Modern white Lacquered executive desk. Timeless Art Deco inspired design lacquered in a designer
Category

2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Modern White Lacquered Executive Desk
Modern White Lacquered Executive Desk
H 31.75 in W 74 in D 32 in
Nancy Corzine Wakefield Executive Desk
By Nancy Corzine
Located in Countryside, IL
Nancy Corzine Wakefield executive desk in excellent condition Piece comes fully restored free of
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Nancy Corzine Wakefield Executive Desk
Nancy Corzine Wakefield Executive Desk
H 33.5 in W 44 in D 17.5 in
Stylish Tubular Steel Executive Desk
Located in Athens, Attiki
Stylish design! Glass-top executive desk on elegant tubular steel structure with 2-sided sliding
Category

1990s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Stylish Tubular Steel Executive Desk
Stylish Tubular Steel Executive Desk
H 28.35 in W 70.87 in D 31.5 in
Saporiti Italia Executive Desk
By Saporiti
Located in Denton, TX
Saporiti Italia Exotic Burl wood & leather executive desk. A combination of straight and curved
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Saporiti Italia Executive Desk
Saporiti Italia Executive Desk
H 29.5 in W 98.75 in D 43.25 in
Lou Hodges Style Executive Desk
Located in Denton, TX
Lou Hodges Style Oak and Walnut Executive Desk. Massive desk with a nice solid oak butcher block
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Lou Hodges Style Executive Desk
Lou Hodges Style Executive Desk
H 29.25 in W 70.5 in D 36 in
Danish Post-War Rosewood Executive Desk
Located in New York, NY
Danish Post-War Design rosewood executive desk with a low gallery on 3 sides and 3 drawers on one
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20th Century Danish Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rosewood

Vintage Coastal Chevron Rattan Executive Desk
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage Coastal executive desk. Big and functional, but still casual and sexy. Beautiful
Category

Late 20th Century Philippine Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rattan

1960's Executive Desk from Denmark
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Executive desk from Denmark circa mid-1960s now available. This example has matte black iron legs
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

1960's Executive Desk from Denmark
1960's Executive Desk from Denmark
H 30 in W 29 in D 62.5 in
Drop Leaf Executive Desk by Willy Beck
By Willy Beck, Ejner Larsen, Aksel Bender Madsen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rectangular teak executive desk with a demi-lune drop leaf.
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Modern Teak Executive Desk
By Jesper International
Located in Trenton, NJ
This Vintage Scandinavian Modern Teak Executive Desk from Jesper Furniture makes a timeless
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Modern Teak Executive Desk
Scandinavian Modern Teak Executive Desk
H 28.5 in W 70 in D 33.75 in
Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm Executive Desk
By Preben Fabricius
Located in San Francisco, CA
An executive desk made of Wenge-veneered wood and chrome-plated steel. Three drawers, key included.
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Karl Springer Shagreen & Chrome Executive Desk
By Karl Springer
Located in Denton, TX
Extremely Rare Karl Springer Shagreen & chrome executive desk. Each corner has brass accents to
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Rosewood Executive Desk for Nipu
By Nipu, Marius Byrialsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning rosewood executive desk by Marius Byrialsen for Nipu, c.1960s, Denmark. The desk
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Rosewood Executive Desk for Nipu
Rosewood Executive Desk for Nipu
H 28 in W 78.75 in D 39.5 in
Dark Walnut Executive Desk by Monteverdi Young
By Monteverdi-Young
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Spectacular 1970’s Dark walnut with black lacquer outline executive desk by Monteverdi-Young
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Walnut

Nancy Corzine Neoclassical Giltwood & Black Marble Top Executive Desk
By Nancy Corzine
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Nancy Corzine Neoclassical Giltwood & Black Marble Top Executive Desk
Category

1990s Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Marble

Seven Drawer Executive Desk with Brass Handles from Singapore
Located in Marbella, ES
Seven drawer executive desk with brass handles, from Singapore.
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Singaporean Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

1968 Executive Desk
By Warren Platner
Located in Hanover, MA
Executive desk formerly belonging to noted architect George M. Notter, (1933–2007) of the Boston
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

1968 Executive Desk
1968 Executive Desk
H 30 in W 72 in D 36 in
Art Deco Macassar Executive Desk
Located in North York, ON
Art deco macassar executive desk. France, circa 1940’s. This iconic, stunning art deco creation is
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Art Deco Macassar Executive Desk
Art Deco Macassar Executive Desk
H 39.5 in W 84 in D 35.25 in
American Walnut & Brass Vintage Executive Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
executive desk. Boasting a newly refinished walnut top measuring over 14 square feet in surface, this
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Magnificent "L" Shape Scandinavian Executive Desk
Located in East Hampton, NY
This outstanding executive desk is comprised of 3 parts; the top, the left side drawer’s cabinet
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Teak and Steel Executive Desk by Pierre Paulin, France, C. 1975
By Pierre Paulin
Located in New York City, NY
Teak and steel executive desk by Pierre Paulin, France, c. 1975. Sleek executive desk (model no
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Dyrlund Santos Rosewood Executive Desk with Metal Legs
By Dyrlund
Located in Oakland, CA
1970's Santos rosewood executive desk by Dyrlund, Denmark. Large working surface of rosewood with
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Wide Danish Executive Desk in Teak, Mid Century
Located in Bristol, GB
A roomy executive desk from Denmark in teak with six drawers at the front and three open
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Teak

Wide Danish Executive Desk in Teak, Mid Century
Wide Danish Executive Desk in Teak, Mid Century
H 28.94 in W 57.09 in D 28.55 in
Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI-Style Executive Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI-Style executive desk Mahogany with excessive bronze mounts
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Mid-20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Hollywood Regency Style Ebony Lacquer Executive Desk / Writing Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
French Hollywood Regency Style Ebony Lacquer Executive Desk / Writing Table A spectacular
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2010s American Hollywood Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Lacquered Brass Executive Desk by Mastercraft for John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous executive desk built by Mastercraft for John Widdicomb Furniture. A gold abstract
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Large Varnished Wood Executive Desk, in the style of Florence Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Large Varnished wood executive desk, in the style of Florence Knoll.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Oversize Large Important Vladimir Kagan Art Deco Executive Desk
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Unusual rare Vladimir Kagan Art Deco style executive desk. Desk is equipped with space lights
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Lucite, Hardwood, Leather

Mid-Century Rosewood & Stainless Executive Desk, USA, 1960's
By Pace Furniture Company
Located in Austin, TX
Mid-century rosewood veneer and stainless steel executive desk. Six drawer kneehole desk is
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

Dunbar Contract Division Mid Century Executive Desk
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Dunbar contract division Mid Century executive desk Desk measures: 72 wide x 36 deep x 28.5 inches
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Plexiglass, Wood

Arne Vodder Danish Midcentury Teak Executive Desk
By Arne Vodder
Located in Norwalk, CT
A rare and exceptional Danish midcentury double sided executive desk designed by Arne Vodder, c
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Teak

Baker Furniture Georgian Walnut Leather Top Executive Desk, 1950s
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A stately Georgian or Chippendale style executive desk By Baker Furniture USA, 1950s
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Vintage 1950s American Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

1970s Burl Wood Executive Desk With Lacquer Finish
By Milo Baughman
Located in Elkton, MD
This executive desk from the 1970s is a stunning piece of furniture, boasting a gorgeous burl
Category

Vintage 1970s North American Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Lacquer

Large Midcentury Italian Executive Desk by Vittorio Dassi
By Vittorio Dassi
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This impressive executive desk by the 1950s Italian designer, Vittorio Dassi, features a very
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Italian Walnut Executive Desk in the Style of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
A uniquely designed Italian walnut executive desk having a beautifully grained floating top over a
Category

Mid-20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Standard Furniture Co. American Dark Wood Veneer & Brass Executive Desk
By The Standard Furniture Company
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary Mid-Century-style dark wood veneer executive desk with an angular desktop supported by
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Walnut Large Executive Desk
Located in Baltimore, MD
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern walnut executive Desk by Standard Furniture Company Herkimer, NY
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Curved Walnut Art Deco Executive Desk
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Widdicomb, Lehigh Leopold
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stop asking "who's the boss?" and place yourself at the helm of this stunning Art Deco executive
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal, Brass

Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti Executive Desk, Italy, 1980s Maple Wood
By Saporiti, Giovanni Offredi
Located in Sacile, PN
Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti, executive desk, bird’s-eye maple, Italy, 1980s. This postmodern
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birdseye Maple

Mid-Century Danish Modern Live Edge Paul Evans Style Executive Desk
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Danish modern live edge Paul Evans style executive desk Offered is a super cool Mid
Category

1990s North American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Teak

Rosewood Executive Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern desk in rosewood with finished back. Beautiful office desk featuring bowtie
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rosewood

Rosewood Executive Desk
Rosewood Executive Desk
H 29 in W 55.5 in D 28 in
Mid-Century "The Boss" Mahogany Executive Desk with Brass Pulls
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Mid-Century "The Boss" mahogany executive desk with brass pulls with a woven wicker back. The large
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Large Writing Table / Executive Desk, Pace, Ebony
By Pace Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
American Mid-Century Modern ebonized wood large writing table / executive / desk A large and
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

Vintage Walnut Executive Desk by Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing vintage executive desk designed by architect and furniture designer Florence Knoll in the
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Baker Furniture Georgian Walnut Leather Top Executive Desk, Newly Refinished
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A stately Georgian or Chippendale style executive desk with inlaid leather top By Baker
Category

Vintage 1950s American Georgian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Walnut

1970s, Paul Evans Studio for Directional Cityscape Executive Desk
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage 1970s Paul Evans Studio for Directional, Cityscape executive desk in maple burl veneer
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Executive Desk by Mauser, Veneered Wood, Chromed Metal Germany, 1960
By Mauser Werke
Located in Berlin, DE
Mid-Century Executive Desk in walnut veneered wood and chrome plated metal. From the "Chefbüro
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Willy Rizzo L Shaped Burl Wood Executive Desk
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Fulton, CA
Signed burl wood "L" shaped executive desk by Willy Rizzo. Circa. 1960's 70's. Exceptional burl
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Burl

Exceptional Italian Executive Desk in Veneer Burl Briar Walnut Wood and Steel
Located in Carimate, Como
An exceptional, impressive and rarely seen Italian executive desk with its stunning veneer burl
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Handsome Executive Desk by J. Svenstrup in Teak, Danish, Mid Century
By Svenstrup Ap Mobler
Located in Bristol, GB
A handsome executive desk with six drawers at the front and three open compartments to the rear for
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Teak

Antique French Rustic Neoclassical Executive Desk ~ Conference Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Rustic Neoclassical Executive Desk ~ Conference Table was crafted on a truly grand
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique French Gothic Executive Desk in Stripped Oak
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Gothic Executive Desk in Stripped Oak is finished on all four sides, and features
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Early 20th Century Gothic Revival Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Arthur Brett English Traditional Mahogany Tooled Leather Top Executive Desk 72"
By Arthur Brett
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid 20th Century Arthur Brett & Sons Executive Desk. A rectangular form made from mahogany with
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Mid-20th Century Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Custom Made Modern Large Executive Desk with Aluminum Trim, circa 1990
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Custom made one of a kind executive desk made in the modern style sometime in the mid-1990s with a
Category

1990s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Aluminum

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Hollywood Regency Campaign Burl Wood Executive Desk
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Campaign executive desk By John Widdicomb USA
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Large Rosewood Executive Desk on Metal Base Denmark 1960's
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful large Danish modern executive desk with metal base made probably around the late 1960's
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Italian Rattan Black Painted Wood Brass Handles Executive Desk 1970s
Located in Paris, IDF
This is a beautiful Italian rattan executive desk from the 1970s. The mix of rattan, black painted
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Standard Furniture Mid Century Walnut and Brass Executive Desk
By The Standard Furniture Company
Located in Countryside, IL
Standard Furniture Mid Century Walnut and Brass Executive Desk This desk measures: 66 wide x 36
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

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Executive Desks For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of executive desks available on 1stDibs. The range of distinct executive desks — often made from wood, metal and walnut — can elevate any home. Find 718 antique and vintage executive desks at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 13 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Executive desks have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern executive desks are consistently popular styles. If space is limited, there are small executive desks measuring 28 inches across. Jens Risom, Dunbar and Knoll each produced beautiful executive desks that are worth considering.

How Much are Executive Desks?

Executive desks can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $6,413, while the lowest priced sells for $850 and the highest can go for as much as $225,000.

Finding the Right Desks and 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 furniture in 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 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.

Questions About Executive Desks
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    An executive desk is a desk often found in the offices of C-suite executives and other professionals. Compared to a standard writing desk, an executive desk is typically larger. Many feature ornate details and/or rare materials, like exotic hardwoods. Although designs vary, most executive desks have a pedestal design with a center space that provides legroom positioned between stacked drawers. Find a diverse assortment of desks on 1stDibs.