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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Walnut Orange MiMi Console or Tiny Desk by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Merging clean lines with warm materials, the faceted geometry of the MiMi console table creates a slender, elegant profile punctuated with painted surfaces that capture light. This m...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Walnut, Plywood

Oak Wood MiMi Desk White by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Merging clean lines with warm materials, the faceted geometry of the MiMi desk creates a slender, elegant profile punctuated with painted surfaces that capture light. This modern and...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Oak, Plywood

USM modular system Desk and Rolling Cabinet in USM Green
Located in Seattle, WA
This is a playful USM Green Desk and Rolling cabinet made by USM Haller in Switzerland, in overall good condition, some light wear on the surface. In overall good condition, ready to...
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Early 2000s Swiss Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

1950''s Amazing "Magic Box'' Organiser Bureau Compact Plywood Ateliers Genestar
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
This ''Magic Box'' organising desk has been produced by various manufactures in Europe in the 1950''s and 1960''s Commonly this desk is known as produced in Switzerland by Mumment...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Plywood

Vintage Mid Century Danish Modern Drop Down Secretary Desk Cabinet.
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Mid Century Danish Modern Drop Down Secretary Desk Cabinet. Circa Late 1960s. Features a beautiful teak wood grain, tapered legs, a work surface via the secretary desk compar...
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1960s Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Ebonised Wood All Black MiMi Console or Tiny Desk by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The faceted geometry of the MiMi console table creates a slender, elegant profile punctuated with angled surfaces that capture light. This sculptural and graceful design looks great ...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Plywood, Birch

Greenapple Desk, Armona Desk, Shadow Onyx Top, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Armona Desk, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, by using high quality materials and t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

Greenapple Console, Castelo Console, Calacatta Marble Top, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Castelo Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, Castelo console table embodies th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Travertine, Marble, Carrara Marble, Brass, Steel

Massive Broyhill Brasilia Extending Walnut Dining Table with Three Leaves
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Delicately refinished to beautiful condition by our in-house restoration team. Only a few minor shadows are left behind from old superficial scratches. The scratches are not detecta...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Greenapple Cosnole, Castelo Console, Calacatta Marble, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Castelo Console Table, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, Castelo console table embod...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine, Carrara Marble, Marble, Onyx, Steel, Brass

Greenapple Console, Castelo Console, Sahara Noir Marble, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Castelo Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, Castelo console table embodies th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel

Greenapple Console, Chiado Console, Red Leather, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Chiado Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by Lisbon''s historic quarter, this beautiful piece exceeds all expectations. With ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Onyx, Marble, Brass

Greenapple Dining Table, Armona Dining Table, American Oak, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Armona Dining Table, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, raw beauty and exquisite desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

Greenapple Console, Menir Console, Black Vein Marble, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Menir Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by the purest architectural structures, Menir console table draws its form, meaning ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Onyx, Carrara Marble, Brass

20th-C. Italian Neo-Classical Style Carved And Painted Desk Or Console Table
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is an impressive late 20th century heavily carved desk or console table with a single drawer. It has Neo-classical styling and is painted in ivory with intentional distressing. ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

Brass and Steel Desk by Maison Jansen, France 1960s
Located in L'Escala, ES
Maison Jansen brass and steel desk, silver and gold patina with a rectangular Glass top resting on a cylindrical X-frame base connected by a stretcher. Maison Jansen was a Paris-b...
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Mid-20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Steel

19th Century French Mahogany Writing Desk
Located in Forney, TX
A handsome nearly 200 year old French Restoration (1815-1830) / Louis Philippe (1830-1848) Period mahogany bureau plat with beautifully aged patina. Born in France during the first ...
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Mid-19th Century French Restauration Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany, Oak

Folding "Platone" Desk in Brown by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1969, Italy
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Mid-Century Modern brown foldable vintage writing desk "Platone" designed by Giancarlo Piretti 1969 Italy and produced by Anonima Castelli, Italy. The desk is framed with chromed ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Børge Mogensen: Rectangular Pine Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Børge Mogensen: Rectangular Pine Desk
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

18th Century Brazilian Peroba Wood Table
Located in Atlanta, GA
An 18th century table of peroba wood from Brazil. This antique Brazilian occasional table has a simple, bucolic design with a rectangular plank board top which overhangs the simple a...
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Early 18th Century Brazilian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

English 19th Century Oak Pedestal Desk
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A Very Good Quality, One Piece, Mid 19th Century Oak Pedestal Desk Of Eleven Drawers Having Replacement Gilt Tooled Leather Top And Original Turned Wooden Knobs, With Dummy Cupboards...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique Empire Cylinder-Top Secretary with Bookcase in Burled Ash
Located in Miami, FL
An exceptional Empire secretary bookcase in fine burl ash wood. Denmark or North Germany, circa 1800. The bookcase features a tiered bonnet with ebonised end finials over three cabin...
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Early 19th Century Scandinavian Empire Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl, Ash

Handsome Antique French Louis XV Style Writing Table or Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Very beautiful maple desk in Louis XV style from the beginning of the 20th century. Elegant curved legs supporting sculpted frieze with five finely dovetailed drawers, each with gold...
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Early 20th Century American Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Vintage Walnut Executive Desk by Florence Knoll
Located in Burbank, CA
Amazing vintage executive desk designed by architect and furniture designer Florence Knoll in the United States, circa 1960s. This iconic design, known as the partner''s desk, featur...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

LOVELY ANTIQUE VICTORIAN BURR WALNUT CUSHiON DRAWER BROWN LEATHER PARTNER DESK
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this very fine fully, Antique circa 1900, Burr Walnut twin pedestal partner desk with hand dyed brown leathe...
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Early 1900s English Late Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Karl Springer Rare "Goatskin Free Form Desk" 1988
Located in New York, NY
Rare and exceptional "Goatskin Free Form Desk" in lacquered goatskin with drawer by Karl Springer, American 1988 (date stamped on bottom). Springer’s Free Form series is considered a...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard Teak Desk, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rare desk designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mölgaard-Nielsen is a design piece for any home or work office. This piece’s design is categorised by quality craftsmanship. Its simplistic...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rattan, Teak

Art Deco Style Elie Saab Maison Calacatta Gold Marble Dining Table, Italy
Located in Mariano Comense, CO
21st century Art Deco Style Elie Saab Maison calacatta gold marble dining table, Italy. Precious materials are key in the Elie Saab Maison collection, such as the noble marbles and ...
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2010s Italian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Carrara Marble, Metal

Important Esherick Table from The Hedgerow Collection
Located in Chicago, IL
Important Esherick Table from The Hedgerow Collection. Crafted by Esherick in 1924. The table is thought to have been used by Esherick at the family''s home Sunekrest prior to 1938. ...
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1920s American American Craftsman Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Modern Organic Live Edge Slab Canopy Table Made from Sustainable Ancient Wood
Located in Papanui, Christchurch
The Canopy table was inspired by a walk through the New Zealand native forest, looking up to the tree canopy observing the tree trunks and branches. Canopy is a design metaphor of t...
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2010s New Zealand Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Reclaimed Wood

Greenapple Console, Castelo Console, Sahara Noir Marble, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Castelo console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, Castelo console table embodies th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Steel, Stainless Steel

Pierre Jeanneret Pigeon Hole Desk, France/India 1957
Located in London, GB
Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967) is recognised as a pivotal figure in modernism. His collaborations with his cousin Le Corbusier are especially significant, particularly their codificati...
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1950s Indian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Greenapple Console, Castelo Console, Green Onyx Top, Handmade in Portugal
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Castelo Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, Castelo console table embodies th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Steel, Stainless Steel

Large and elegant Carrara marble and leather desk around 1970/1980
Located in Mouscron, WHT
Large and elegant Carrara marble and leather desk around 1970/1980 with its leather box on wheels dim du caisson :61x46x70 cm
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Carrara Marble

Racing Desk
Located in Paris, FR
Desk racing with top in solid walnut wood and drawer fronts covered with leather. Designed with smooth flowing lines. With a practical chest of drawers. Three drawers assembled wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Fine French 1930s Macassar Ebony Writing Table
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French Art Deco macassar ebony writing table with one drawer and a chrome pull. Height of writing surface is 29 1/2" (75cm). Might have been used as a vanity table in the past.
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1930s Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Oak Niguel Desk by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Niguel desk features brass cap feet and a brass cross-stretcher with lacquered interior drawers. Shown here in Rocky Beach pigmented oak The Lawson-Fenning Collection is designe...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Studio BBPR for Olivetti ''Spazio'' Desk with Drawers
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Studio BBPR for Olivetti, ''Spazio'' desk with drawers, steel, vinyl, plastic, Italy, ca. 1960 This industrial ''Spazio'' desk features two compartments of drawers. An olive green ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Luigi Caccia Dominioni Folding Desk for Villa Mazzotti, Italy 1946
Located in Milan, IT
Architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni Rare oak wood folding desk for Villa Mazzotti, Milan, Italy Luigi Caccia Dominioni used this form of desk design to conceal radiator niches in his pr...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Fine French 1940s Desk and Cabinet by Jean Pascaud (Marquetry by J.D Malcles)
Located in Long Island City, NY
Jean Pascaud (1903-1996) - A fine French Art Deco walnut stained desk and cabinet/armoire. The desk has four drawers with a carved diamond pattern and four scroll legs with bronze sa...
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1940s Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1970s Danish Modern Dyrlund Supreme Executive Desk in Rosewood
Located in Cedar Falls, IA
Early production Dyrlund Supreme executive desk in rosewood. This item contains a material that cannot be shipped outside of the contiguous United States. From the Supreme model li...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

French Antique Lady Desk in Solid Oak, Baroque Style, Late 19th Century
Located in Odense, DK
A lovely sculptural dining / lady desk table in solid oak. Hand carved by a French cabinetmaker in the 19th century. Elegant twisted carved legs, a beautiful figure for the modern in...
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Late 19th Century French Romantic Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Melting Vanity Table in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The melting vanity table''s simple but elegant design, makes for an adaptable elegant piece of furniture. The cream shagreen inlaid surface is framed with an irregular surface bronze...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Marko Architect Drafting Table and Chair Dutch Design, 1960
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Marko architect drafting table and chair Dutch design from the 1960. You can fold this table together or put it almost upright. Beautiful patina and Industrial look due to signs of...
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1960s Dutch Industrial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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

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Metal

Mother of Pearl Vanity with Bronze-Patina Brass Details by R & Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The melting vanity table''s simple but elegant design, makes for an adaptable elegant piece of furniture. The mother of pearl inlaid surface is framed with an irregular surface bronz...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Danish Modern Desk by Gunnar Nielsen Tibergaard Desk
Located in New York, NY
Classic Danish Mid Century Modern writing desk, designed by Gunnar Nielsen Tibergaard, executed in teak. The piece features two banks of two drawers and a bookcase style front sectio...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Giancarlo Piretti Platone and Plia Folding Desk Set
Located in Barcelona, ES
Platone folding desk and Plia chair designed in 1971 and 1969 by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, Italy. Articulated structure in chrome steel with red ABS moulded plastic. Ea...
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Hepplewhite Style Historic Charleston Baker Mahogany Kneehole Desk 20th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
A Hepplewhite style kneehole desk of the Historic Charleston Collection by Baker offers mahogany construction with top having decorated trimming over single central drawer with flank...
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20th Century American Hepplewhite Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Reply Architect Drafting Table Friso Kramer, Wim Rietveld Ahrend Cirkel, 1959
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Reply Dutch Design Architect drawing table designed by Wim Rietveld and Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Circel in 1959. Design Classic, awarded with the "Signe d’Or". The table top is ful...
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1970s Dutch Industrial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Postmodern White Lacquer Laminate Desk With Navy Trim and Handles
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional postmodern white and blue lacquer laminate waterfall desk. Features 4 spacious drawers with white and blue drawer pulls.  
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Plastic, Laminate, Wood

Desk table Patrice Maffei for Kappa brushed steel smoked glass 1970
Located in Paris, FR
A rare brushed stainless steel desk table designed by French designer Patrice Maffei for Kappa editor in the 1970s, it features two locking drawers and a grey smoked glass top. Follo...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Striking Green and Gold Vintage Bodart Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Great looking vintage writing desk by Bodart in a striking soft celadon green with yellow/gold accents.
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1950s American Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique RJ Horner School Carved Golden Oak Corinthian Library Table, c1900
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique library table in the manner of RJ Horner offers golden oak quarter sawn oak construction with top having reeded skirt and drawer, raised on square Corinthian column balust...
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Early 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

960’s vintage Danish midcentury Modern rosewood writing desk
Located in Munroe Falls, OH
This is a stunning Danish modern rosewood desk with plenty of space for storage and work. There are three large drawers that pull out from the front as well as two sliding doors with...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Antique Escritoire Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
A beautiful antique writing desk in the Regency style. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1910-20’s. It is of superb quality and is a very useful item. There is a ge...
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Early 20th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Crest Desk by Tretiak Works, Cerused White Oak Handmade Contemporary Desk
Located in Portland, OR
The Crest desk is the newest addition to the Crest collection. The rolling edges make for comfortable writing or computer use. A single drawer with an incorporated pencil tray stores...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Kurt Ostervig Style Oak Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid century Kurt Østervig style oak coffee table with simple box square frame. In original condition with some fading to the table top, consistent with its age and use. Other coffee ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Antique and Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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 colourful 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 materialised 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 favoured 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 symbolise 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.

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