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Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

Herman Miller Inc. (USA)
Herman Miller Inc. (USA)

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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George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Action Office 1' Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
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

1950s George Nelson Swag Leg Desk
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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

George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Action Office 1' Roll Top Desk
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller 'Action Office 1' rolltop desk George Nelson for Herman Miller, roll top desk model 64916, polished aluminum, plastic laminate, wood, United States, ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

George Nelson Desk in Rosewood from Herman Miller 1960s United States
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Tuscany, IT
George Nelson designer writing desk in rose wood legs in Stel from Hermann Miller Production 1960s United States.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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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

'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, Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Executive Desk with Credenza Return
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Mid-Century Modern, executive desk with credenza return by George Nelson for Herman Miller features a walnut desk with steel H legs that measures 84 x 36 x 30 with attached walnut of...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Eames ESU Desk Model D-20-N
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
First edition ESU desk Model D-20-N, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Inspired by industrial warehouse shelving, this original ESU desk features black and white l...
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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 Midcentury Rectangular Wood Desk, USA, 1950
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Madrid, ES
Desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, in 1950. With floating wood top supported by steel legs. Includes a bank of three storage drawers accented with brushed aluminum pulls.
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1950s American Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Desk
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Atlanta, GA
Streamlined Art Deco Desk, designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, circa 1930s. It is executed in beautifully grained paldao wood. Please see our other 1stdibs listings for othe...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

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 bird's-eye map...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, 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 Executive Desk with Credenza Return
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, executive desk with credenza return by George Nelson for Herman Miller features a walnut desk with steel H legs that measures 72 x 30 x 29.5, with attached walnut...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

George Nelson 'Action Office 1' Desk for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, roll top desk no. 64916, polished aluminum, plastic laminate, wood, United States, design 1953, production 1970s. This roll top desk is designed a...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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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 Dallas, TX
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 Functional Desk in Walnut
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nelson for Herman Miller, desk n. 4658, walnut, steel and leather, United States, 1946. From George Nelson's ground breaking 1948 group of designs for Herman Miller, this des...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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 for Herman Miller Walnut Desk, N. 4658
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
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

1960s Walnut and Leather Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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

'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, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Tambour Roll-Top Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique roll-top writing desk is from the Herman Miller "Action Office" line and features a beautiful hardwood hideaway design set on metal base with aluminum legs. Pair of drawe...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

Bruce Burdick for Herman Miller Desk
By Bruce Burdick, Herman Miller
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

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

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

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

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

Zebrawood Desk by Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic desk, designed by Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller, was only manufactured for two years from 1970-1971. Making it a rare, limited edition piece. The smooth, curved edge ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herman Miller Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome, Steel

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

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Rare Original Configuration, Highly Functional/Versatile. Original Finish, Very Good Vintage Condition. Chrome Silver Plated M Wave Drawer Pulls. Interior Desk Light. Other Herman ...
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