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Large Machine Age Metal Desk/Dining Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Large Machine Age metal desk/dining table. Space between legs 61.75". Under counter 25.5" on longer sides and 28.5" on shorter sides.
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Vintage 1920s American Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

  • Large Machine Age Metal Desk/Dining Table
  • Large Machine Age Metal Desk/Dining Table
  • Large Machine Age Metal Desk/Dining Table
  • Large Machine Age Metal Desk/Dining Table
H 29.5 in. W 120 in. D 41 in.
Ben Storms Table "in Vein", 2017
By Ben Storms
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
In Vein is a marble trestle table with a plus. Once you turn the tabletop around, it doubles as a mirror and decorative object. The Classic trestle table represents simplicity, mobil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Marble, Stainless Steel

  • Ben Storms Table "in Vein", 2017
  • Ben Storms Table "in Vein", 2017
  • Ben Storms Table "in Vein", 2017
  • Ben Storms Table "in Vein", 2017
H 29 in. W 79 in. D 39 in.
Original Ocean Travertine Desk by Clement Brazille
By Clément Brazille
Located in Geneve, CH
Original Ocean travertine desk by Clement Brazille Material : Ocean travertine stone Dimensions : 160 x 75 x 74 cm Signed and numbered by Clément Brazille Other dimensions or s...
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Travertine

Stylish 1920s Industrial Metal Desk by Norman Bel Geddes
By Norman Bel Geddes
Located in Chicago, IL
Stylish American 1920s industrial metal desk by Norman Bel Geddes.
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Vintage 1920s American Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Tanker Desk Custom Refinished in White
By Allsteel, Mcdowell-Craig, Steelcase
Located in Alhambra, CA
1960s Classic tanker refinished in gloss white with optional custom glass tabletop. This double pedestal steel desk features utility drawers, filing drawer, locking stationary drawer...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Steel

ClassiCon Jean Fold Out Table by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
Jean, named after Eileen Gray‘s intimate friend of many years, the architect Jean Badovici, stood in various modeis in their summer villa E 1027. "Every room has at its disposal one ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

  • ClassiCon Jean Fold Out Table by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Jean Fold Out Table by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Jean Fold Out Table by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Jean Fold Out Table by Eileen Gray
H 28.35 in. W 51.19 in. D 27.56 in.
'Jean' Folding Table or Desk by Eileen Gray, 1929
By Eileen Gray
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
'Jean' folding table or desk by Eileen Gray. Originally designed in 1929, this is a new production model by Classicon. Jean, named after Eileen Gray‘s intimate friend of many years, ...
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2010s German Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

ClassiCon Lou Perou Table in White and Chrome by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
Like the majority of Eileen Gray‘s tables, this one too can transform itself. And as always she found an unexpected solution. The folding section of the tabletop is supported by a si...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Paris Bureau Gray and White Study Desk Writing Table by Matteo Cibic
By Matteo Cibic, Scarlet Splendour
Located in Kolkata, IN
Paris Bureau Gray and White Study Desk Writing Table by Matteo Cibic is an extraordinary console/writing table, with two drawers. It is available in a range of colors, which can be c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Resin

Paris Bureau White and Gray Study Desk Writing Table by Matteo Cibic
By Matteo Cibic, Scarlet Splendour
Located in Kolkata, IN
Paris Bureau White and Gray Study Desk Writing Table by Matteo Cibic is an extraordinary console/writing table, with two drawers. It is available in a range of colors, which can be c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Resin

General Study Desk Writing Table in Gray and Beige by Matteo Cibic
By Matteo Cibic, Scarlet Splendour
Located in Kolkata, IN
General Study Desk Writing Table in Gray and Beige by Matteo Cibic is a chic beige study table, which has an extendable writing top, and small details, which is reminiscent of a trad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Resin

Chrome and Glass Writing Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Modern chrome and glass writing table.   
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20th Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Chrome

  • Chrome and Glass Writing Table
  • Chrome and Glass Writing Table
  • Chrome and Glass Writing Table
  • Chrome and Glass Writing Table
H 31 in. W 72 in. D 36 in.
Peter Ghyczy Style Trestles Writing Table
By Peter Ghyczy
Located in Den Haag, NL
In the style of Peter Ghyczy, this wonderful table. Ideal for your computer. Brushed steel feet. Very heavy. And the original smoked glass top. So stylish. The steel feet has some we...
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Vintage 1970s German Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

  • Peter Ghyczy Style Trestles Writing Table
  • Peter Ghyczy Style Trestles Writing Table
  • Peter Ghyczy Style Trestles Writing Table
  • Peter Ghyczy Style Trestles Writing Table
H 27.96 in. W 63 in. D 31.89 in.
Koza Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Flexible forming fits well all flexible solutions. Pure line of our trestle Koza is an effect of careful deformation of thin steel sheets by internal pressure. Surprising lightness, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Most Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The slim and elegant table construction created as a result of research on FiDU possibilities. It is not only innovative table construction but it is the next letter in the FiDU alph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Most Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
  • Most Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
  • Most Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
  • Most Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
H 28.35 in. W 70.87 in. D 35.44 in.
Nogi Table Base Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Nogi is a unique construction for tables. It can be produced in different shapes and sizes in different kinds of metals. Nogi table is available in stainless steel and carbon stee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

Koziol Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Koziol is a derivative of the Koza II trestle and is converting the trestle into a table frame for a small table to be used in smaller kitchens or as contract furniture for restauran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Kozka Polished Stainless Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Kozka is our new member of table structures. It is a multitasking construction. According to different table tops, it could be used either as a coffee table or even as a part of uniq...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Large Executive Three-Drawer Desk or Writing Table
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice architectural Mid-Century Modern design desk or writing table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Mid-Century Mirrored Writing Table with Three Drawers
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
Classic looking mirrored writing table with three drawers.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Mirror

Thick Glass Top Glass Base Writing Table Compact Desk
By Pace Collection
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Slick Mid-Century Modern all thick 3/4" glass design writing table or small desk.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Glass

Gervasoni Gray 50 Writing Desk in Air Force Blue Lacquered Oak by Paola Navone
By Paola Navone
Located in Brooklyn, NY
When a house becomes a space for thinking, creating and working, as well as for living, desks take on a whole new dimension: Gray 50 is a small elegant desk, designed in the name of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Brush Steel or Aluminum Clad, Granite Topped Writing Table
By J. Robert Scott 1
Located in Woodbury, CT
This table was designed b y J. Robert Scott, circa 1995. It has an inset dark granite top and two drawers. Scott named it "The Renato". It is fluted on the back and front, and plain ...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Nogi Table Base Polished White Glossy Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Nogi is a unique construction for tables. It can be produced in different shapes and sizes in different kinds of metals. Nogi table is available in stainless steel and carbon stee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Italian Chrome X-Base Trestle Dining Table or Writing Desk
By Pace Collection
Located in Danville, CA
Rarely seen X-base trestle style dining table base that can be used as either a dining table or writing desk. The base will easily support a glass or stone top as large as 48 x 108 x...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stone, Chrome

Koza Polished Moss Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Flexible forming fits well all flexible solutions. Pure line of our trestle Koza is an effect of careful deformation of thin steel sheets by internal pressure. Surprising lightness, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Koziol Polished Moss Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Koziol is a derivative of the Koza II trestle and is converting the trestle into a table frame for a small table to be used in smaller kitchens or as contract furniture for restauran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Most Polished Moss Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The slim and elegant table construction created as a result of research on FiDU possibilities. It is not only innovative table construction but it is the next letter in the FiDU alph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Koza Polished White Glossy Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Flexible forming fits well all flexible solutions. Pure line of our trestle Koza is an effect of careful deformation of thin steel sheets by internal pressure. Surprising lightness, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Most Polished Blue Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The slim and elegant table construction created as a result of research on FiDU possibilities. It is not only innovative table construction but it is the next letter in the FiDU alph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Koziol Polished Blue Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Koziol is a derivative of the Koza II trestle and is converting the trestle into a table frame for a small table to be used in smaller kitchens or as contract furniture for restauran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Most Polished White Glossy Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The slim and elegant table construction created as a result of research on FiDU possibilities. It is not only innovative table construction but it is the next letter in the FiDU alph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Koziol Polished Graphite Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Koziol is a derivative of the Koza II trestle and is converting the trestle into a table frame for a small table to be used in smaller kitchens or as contract furniture for restauran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Kozka Polished Moss Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Kozka is our new member of table structures. It is a multitasking construction. Acording to different table tops, it could be used either as a coffee table or even as a part of uniqu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Desk or Writing Table Glass Crystal Geometric Shape Collectible Design Italy
By Barberini & Gunnell
Located in Ancona, Marche
The slim desk 'Origami' is made of extra-clear glass. Desk dimension: L 120 W 50 H 75 cm. The inspiration for origami came from the observation of a simple piece of paper which, bein...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass

Kozka Polished Blue Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Kozka is our new member of table structures. It is a multitasking construction. According to different table tops, it could be used either as a coffee table or even as a part of uniq...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Koza Polished Blue Grey Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Flexible forming fits well all flexible solutions. Pure line of our trestle Koza is an effect of careful deformation of thin steel sheets by internal pressure. Surprising lightness, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Koziol Polished White Glossy Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Koziol is a derivative of the Koza II trestle and is converting the trestle into a table frame for a small table to be used in smaller kitchens or as contract furniture for restauran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Fiberglass Writing Desk, Germany, 1960s
By Dieter Rams, Otto Zapf
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Fiberglass desk from 1968. Fiberglass partially painted. The inside is fiberglass natural. The desk has troughs for small parts on the top. The desk comes from the old production c...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Fiberglass

  • Fiberglass Writing Desk, Germany, 1960s
  • Fiberglass Writing Desk, Germany, 1960s
  • Fiberglass Writing Desk, Germany, 1960s
  • Fiberglass Writing Desk, Germany, 1960s
H 29.53 in. W 70.08 in. D 31.11 in.
Kozka Polished Raw Steel Lacquered Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
By Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Kozka is our new member of table structures. It is a multitasking construction. According to different table tops, it could be used either as a coffee table or even as a part of uniq...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Antique American Gray Distress Painted 1 Drawer Small Work Table Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American gray distress painted one drawer small work table desk. Item features solid wood construction, distressed finish, 1 drawers, very nice antique item, great style and ...
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Early 20th Century North American Primitive Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Table Desk Writing Home Office Grey Marble Top Mirror Steel Modern Collectible
By Barberini & Gunnell
Located in Ancona, Marche
The table Gallio are an important desk with structure in mirror polished stainless steel and top in grey Versylis marble. Dimensions are customizable. Every single bangle is weld...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Marble, Stainless Steel

Petit Chrome Brass and Thick Glass Top Dining or Writing Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Small Mid-Century Modern 42 x 30" brass chrome and 3/4" thick glass dining or dinette table in style of Maison Jansen.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Italian Postmodern Round Rolling Writing Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This round Postmodern writing desk is on casters for easy mobility and transportation. The half-moon seat of the desk is attached to the half-moon table top to create a complete circ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

Custom Storm Gray Parchment Z Desk
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Custom single draw storm gray parchment Z desk.
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21st Century and Contemporary Philippine Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Goatskin

  • Custom Storm Gray Parchment Z Desk
  • Custom Storm Gray Parchment Z Desk
  • Custom Storm Gray Parchment Z Desk
  • Custom Storm Gray Parchment Z Desk
H 30 in. W 42 in. D 21 in.
Muller Van Severen, Writing Desk, Belgium, 2015
By Muller Van Severen
Located in Barcelona, ES
Bookshelf model “Writing Desk” Manufactured by Muller Van Severen Belgium, 2015 Unlacquered steel frame and polyethylene shelves Open edition Measurements: 150 cm x 100cm x 1...
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2010s Belgian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Steel

  • Muller Van Severen, Writing Desk, Belgium, 2015
  • Muller Van Severen, Writing Desk, Belgium, 2015
  • Muller Van Severen, Writing Desk, Belgium, 2015
  • Muller Van Severen, Writing Desk, Belgium, 2015
H 75.6 in. W 59.06 in. D 39.38 in.
Mid-Century Style Glass Top Writing Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique antiqued glass writing table features a wonderful chrome X-style base and two drawer storage. Unique pulls, sturdy construction, and antique finish on the beveled mirror ...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Industrial Iron Writing Desk from the 1950s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This industrial workbench was made in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1950´s This desk was originally used as a work table for craftsmen, can also be used as a desk. It´s made of...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

  • Industrial Iron Writing Desk from the 1950s, Czechoslovakia
  • Industrial Iron Writing Desk from the 1950s, Czechoslovakia
  • Industrial Iron Writing Desk from the 1950s, Czechoslovakia
  • Industrial Iron Writing Desk from the 1950s, Czechoslovakia
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Rare Lloyd Chromium Writing Desk by Kem Weber
By Kem Weber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lloyd Chromium Writing Desk by Kem Weber https://www.themagazineantiques. com/article/kem-weber-southern-california/
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Vintage 1930s Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Chrome, Steel

  • Rare Lloyd Chromium Writing Desk by Kem Weber
  • Rare Lloyd Chromium Writing Desk by Kem Weber
  • Rare Lloyd Chromium Writing Desk by Kem Weber
  • Rare Lloyd Chromium Writing Desk by Kem Weber
H 30 in. W 33.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Toio Writing Desk, Design Maddalena Casadei, Marialaura Rossiello Irvine, 2014
By Marsotto Edizioni
Located in Milan, IT
Writing desk available in white Carrara marble, black Marquina marble and on request in other types of stones.
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Carrara Marble

Writing Desk by Peter Ghyczy for Ghyczy, 1970s Model T07
By Peter Ghyczy
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice writing desk. The thick Cut Glass top rests on Stainless steel trestles. Design by Peter Ghyczy for Ghyczy Model T07. 1970s glass plate (so-called float glass), 12 mm thic...
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Cut Glass

Writing Desk 'MY Collection' by Michael Young Polished Stainless Steel Enamel
By Michael Young
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The collection consists of a chair, a side table, a writing desk, a round coffee table, a console and a lounge chair. All the work in the collection will be composed of polished stai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Enamel, Stainless Steel

Rare Mauser Rundform 'Berlin' Directors Writing Desk in Metal, Germany, 1950
By Mauser Werke
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Directors writing desk model Berlin by Mauser Waldeck Germany from the "Rundform" series. Design, around 1950. The desk has been extensively restored. It was completely dismantled a...
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Vintage 1950s German Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Writing Desk (MY Collection) by Michael Young Polished Stainless Steel Enamel
By Michael Young
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The collection consists of a chair, a side table, a writing desk, a round coffee table, a console and a lounge chair. All the work in the collection will be composed of polished stai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Enamel, Stainless Steel

"Melting" Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The melting writing desk's simple but elegant design, makes for an adaptable neutral piece of furniture. The cream shagreen top is framed with an irregular surface bronze-patina bras...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Brushed Steel Sheraton Series Vanity Writing Desk by Simmons Company Furniture
By Simmons Company Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial, pressed, brushed steel vanity or writing desk with brass pulls by Simmons Company Furniture Sheraton Series. Measures: Clearance to drawer is 23 in. height.
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass, Steel

Custom Genuine Watersnake Python Writing Desk with Stainless Steel X Band Base
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Customizable options: Finish textile size hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writ...

Materials

Stainless Steel

Davidson's Lunar Writing Desk in Blue Figured Anegre with Antiqued Brushed Brass
By Davidson
Located in London, GB
The lunar luxury writing desk For the ultimate in timeless office chic, opt for the lunar desk, a deluxe writing table that can elevate your interior to a new level of elegance. Whe...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Lacquer

Customizable Gray Blossom Glass Mosaic Desk with Metal Base by Ercole Home
By Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Pavia Blossom desk/vanity by Ercole Home has a 2-drawer, with a sky gray wood finish on oak. Handcut glass mosaics in bluegreen and turquoise decorate the drawer fronts in bloss...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Fine French Gray Cerused Oak Desk and Chair Set from a Maine Estate
Located in New York, NY
A matching desk and chair set in gray cerused oak. France, circa 1930. Features a triple X-style raised pattern on each side of desk with four deep drawers and footrest. Custom...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood, Oak

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Writing Table Gray For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic writing table gray available at 1stDibs. A writing table gray — often made from metal, steel and glass — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a writing table gray, we have 467 options in-stock, while there are 111 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the writing table gray you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A writing table gray is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Industrial styles are sought with frequency. Zieta, Ahrend de Cirkel and Gispen each produced at least one beautiful writing table gray that is worth considering.

How Much is a Writing Table Gray?

A writing table gray can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,818, while the lowest priced sells for $1 and the highest can go for as much as $180,922.

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 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.