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Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call mid-century modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture ever.

Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company — named for its chief financial backer — began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D.J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences.  After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.

Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on 1stDibs, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless — staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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Creator: Herman Miller
Vintage Herman Miller Table or Desk with Knoll Walnut Top
By Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage dining or conference table or a desk. Beautiful Knoll top made of American Walnut on a Herman Miller aluminum segmented base. We have 8 available.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

'Action Office 1' Roll Top Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impeccable 'Action Office 1' roll top desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This roll top desk was designed as part of the Action Office 1 (AO1) furniture line by George Nelson...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Steel

Executive Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, USA, 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Miami, FL
L-shaped design Cane modesty panel Chrome hardware Brushed chrome legs Large 7' x 3' "Floating" desk top w/ 29.5" Overall height Built-in Credenza 6' 6" L x 18" D x 25" T Hidden Wast...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

George Nelson for Herman Miller MCM Walnut with Laminate Top Executive Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century walnut with laminate top executive desk Desk measures: 72 wide x 30 deep x 30 inches high, with a chair clearance of 28.5 inches All...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Zebrawood and Chrome Desk by Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller, circa 1970s
By Peter Protzmann, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautifully restored Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller desk in exotic African Zebrawood, circa 1970s, and chrome legs which wrap around over the top. Made in limited quantities, th...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Bruce Burdick for Herman Miller Desk
By Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Bruce Burdick executive desk for Herman Miller features aluminium frame base and file drawers. Desk is topped by long rectangular piece and a separate rounded edge piece. Component i...
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco Vanity, 1936
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
An extremely rare and exceptional Art Deco or mid-century modern vanity or desk By Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller USA, Circa 1936 East Indian laurel wood and birdseye maple...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Wood, Birdseye Maple

Seldom Seen George Nelson "HIGH' Action Office Architects Desk, Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning George Nelson "HIGH' action office architects desk, Herman Miller circa 1964, beautiful oak tambour roll top, four resin and wood slide out pencil drawers, built in file sto...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

George Nelson for Herman Miller Steelframe Desk
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller steelframe desk, model 4111 black frame with Herman Miller orange drawer fronts and okra colored sides laminate plastic top.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

George Nelson for H. Miller Desk Model '4658' in Walnut, Leather and Steel
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, desk model '4658', walnut, steel, leather, United States, 1946 Made of walnut with original brown leather writing surface and sliding doors, resting...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

George Nelson Walnut Action Office Tambour Desk Large, Herman Miller, 1964
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Utrecht, NL
Solid walnut first edition 1964 'Action Office' desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This is the largest size desk that was available from the program. The desk is executed...
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

'Action Office 1' Roll Top Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impeccable 'Action Office 1' roll top desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This roll top desk was designed as part of the Action Office 1 (AO1) furniture line by George Nelson...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Action Office 1' Desk
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early George Nelson Action Office 1 desk in original condition with minor wear. George Nelson for Herman Miller, polished aluminum, plastic laminate, wood, United States, design 1953.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Yellow & Black Steel Frame Desk Model 4111 by George Nelson Herman Miller Mint
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Yellow & black steel frame desk Model 4111 by George Nelson Herman Miller Mint.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century Walnut Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century walnut desk This desk measures: 71 wide x 29.5 deep x 29.5 inches high, with a chair clearance of 24 inches ?All pieces of furniture...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller, 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson Desk for Herman Miller, 1960s The Top has a very floating appearance.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

U-Shape Burdick Desk for Herman Miller with Floating Table
By Bruce Burdick, Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage U-shaped desk designed by Bruce Burdick for Herman Miller. This enormous desk has three separate surface tops: an eight foot glass top, a round onyx top, and a dark granite...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Granite, Aluminum

1950s 'Steel Frame' Desk Model 4111 by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A compact white steel frame desk with three blue enameled drawers and black laminate top. Model 4111 from the 'Steel Frame' line for Herman Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

George Nelson Home Desk for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Hudson, NY
Walnut with original custom white leather writing surface and sliding floating doors, small drawers in maple. Storage and drop down typing table with original perforated aluminum fil...
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1940s American Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

George Nelson Home Office Desk Model 4658 for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
George Nelson & Associates Home Office desk, model 4658 Manufactured by Herman Miller USA, 1946 This example is constructed of combed oak, chrome-plated steel, aluminum, and leat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Steel

1950s George Nelson Swag Leg Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Swag leg desk, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Colorful cubbyholes and molded drawers allow for a tidy and streamlined workspace. Our early example is in very g...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Early George Nelson Desk / Return, Child's Desk, Modernist, Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early George Nelson desk / return, child's desk, Modernist, Herman Miller, Retains original Herman Miller foil label, 4 drawers, pencil dividers, steel frame, minor pitting (lower ri...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Steel

1960s Action Office Standing Desk by George Nelson, Herman Miler production
By Robert Propst, George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Renens, CH
1960s Action Office Standing Desk by George Nelson, Herman Miler production George Nelson, architect, designer and author is famous for several of his creations such as the Bubble...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

George Nelson Herman Miller Drop Leaf Gate Leg Dining Table or Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Chicago, IL
A rarer find in original black finish. Clever design by George Nelson for Herman Miller Measures: 40" depth 29.75" height. 64.75" long unfolded 41.5" half folded 18.5" folded.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Writing Desk by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A single pedestal writing desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller with a built-in pivoting lamp. Lamp is 18" H.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

George Nelson by Herman Miller Laminated Aluminum Design 1950s Rare Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brescia, IT
George Nelson by Hermann Miller 1950s Laminated wood, aluminum base Rare model.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

1960s Walnut and Leather Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s walnut and leather desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Executed in walnut with leather lift top (with key) covering center filing compartment, which illuminates and contai...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Elusive Modernist Action Office Desk or Table by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rarely seen modernist action office desk or conference table by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Purchased from prominent Buffalo NY architect. Beautiful figured walnut wood top mino...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Eames Esu Desk First Series
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Eames ESU - EDU first series desk featuring colored panels. This is an original desk retaining the original feet and colored panels. All hardware is original. A wonderful opportunity...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Cut Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
George Nelson for Herman Miller uncommon desk from the late 1950's. Walnut with black legs and trim. Seldom seen series. Matching dresser available as well! Top refinished, everythin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Desk, N. 4658
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Phoenix, AZ
George Nelson for Herman Miller desk n. 4658, in walnut, steel and leather, 1946. A Classic Postwar modernism desk made of walnut with steel legs and its original brown leather wr...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Herman Miller desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

Herman Miller desks and writing tables are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Herman Miller writing tables and desks, there are many options, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 30 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Herman Miller's original desks and writing tables were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider desks and writing tables by Florence Knoll, Paul McCobb and George Nelson. The prices for Herman Miller writing tables and desks can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,403 and tops out at $16,400, while pieces like these can sell for $6,498 on average..

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