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Mid-Century Modern Desks

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
1950s Mahogany and Leather Top Desk
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1950s mahogany wood and leather top desk. The desk has seven drawers for storage. The knee clearance is 24”H. All the drawers are dovetailed. Leather is in excellent conditio...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Leather, Mahogany

Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall “Declaration” Floating-Top Desk for Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall “Declaration” floating-top desk for Drexel.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Mid Century Paul Mayen High Gloss Taupe 6 Drawer Dresser Desk for Habitat
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
6 drawer dresser with center desk Minimalist mid century Paul Mayen high gloss taupe dressers with desk with 6 drawers total for Habitat. High Gloss finish in Taupe. Solid wood const...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood, Lacquer

Custom Modern Danish Style Solid Walnut Desk by Norm Stoeker
Located in Houston, TX
Custom handmade solid walnut desk by Houston, Texas craftsman Norm Stoeker. The piece features beautiful detailing including rich wood grain, a dovetail drawer, and through wedged te...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut

1960 Retro Pilastro Tomado shelving Grey Metal Desk Unit with Drawer and Shelf
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
1960 retro Pilastro Tomado shelving grey metal desk unit with drawer and shelf designed by Tjerk Reijenga for Tomado, Holland. The wall unit is in very good vintage condition. Mea...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Small Writing Desk by Vittorio Dassi, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
This stunning Italian small writing Desk of the 1950s, also named 'dattilo', is attributable to Vittorio Dassi, and was usually accompanied by its largest executive Desk (see last im...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

John Lloyd Wright Blonde Mahogany Leather Top Executive Desk
By John Wright
Located in Milford, NH
A great example of a custom blonde mahogany semi-circular executive desk made by John Lloyd Wright (1892-1972), son of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with sectioned leather top...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Leather, Mahogany

Mid Century Burlwood Parsons Console Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century burlwood parsons console desk This desk measures: 58 wide x 24 deep x 29.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Burl

Mid Century Italian Executive Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century Italian executive desk The desk measures: 86.5 wide x 33.5 deep x 30 high, with a chair clearance of 26 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call r...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood

Mid-Century Augusto Savini for Pozzi, Gate-Leg Oak and Leather Drop-Leaf Desk
Located in Morristown, NJ
Mid-century Augusto Savini for Pozzi drop-leaf desk. Introduced 1965, dark stained oak, inset leather top, with three frieze drawers and open cubby, drop-leaf side extenders, unmarke...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Metal

Franco Poli Large Constructivist Dining Table in Wood and Glass, Italy 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Franco Poli A large cubist dining table by Franco Poli for Bernini, in solid oak. Italy, 1970's.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood, Glass

George Nelson Walnut & Steel Desk for Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson Walnut & Steel Desk for Herman Miller.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Tambour-Door Desk by Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dimensions 36.5in H x 56in W x 25in D Desk Height: 29.25in.  
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood, Walnut

American Modern Studio Craft Sculpted Walnut Executive Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American Modern Studio Craft sculpted walnut executive desk.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood, Walnut

Midcentury Desk "Urio" by Ico and Luisa Parisi for M.I.M. Roma, Italy
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
This is a desk by Ico Parisi for M.I.M. production (Mobili Italiani Moderni), Italia, 1950s. The desk is from a furniture line named "Urio" and has tubular black steel legs in black ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Aluminum, Iron

Mid Century Rattan Cane Dressing Table / Desk and Stool, England 1970s
Located in Richmond, Surrey
Midcentury rattan cane dressing table or small desk, and stool set, England, 1970s This is a beautiful set consisting of a dressing table or small desk, and matching stool. Made...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Rattan

Danish Modern Teak & Oak Two-Tier Desk with Brass Accents
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dimensions: 39in H x 45.50in W x 22in D Desk Height: 29.50in.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Oak, Teak

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid-Century Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Writing Desk The desk measures: 60 wide x 24 deep x 29.25 high, with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches. All pieces of furn...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut

Walnut and Brass Mid-Century Modern Executive Parsons Desk
Located in Compton, CA
Make a statement in your office with this handsome oversized desk in natural walnut veneer with brass edge detailing. No drawers, but does include 2 media holes on desk top for cords.
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Desks

Lelångs Mobelfabrik Göran Strand Mid-Century Modern Desk, Sweden
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning midcentury desk made in Sweden. Measuring: 53.75 in wide x 19.75 in deep on the right 32 in deep on the left. Features three draws measuring 12-1/8 in x 4.25 in H. Back lip ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Teak

Midcentury Desk and Chair by Hooker Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stylish midcentury desk and chair manufactured by Hooker. Interesting design with a curved-front desktop. A finished back allows the desk to be situated anywhere in your space. Pull-...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut, Faux Leather

Desk by Bertha Schaefer for Singer and Sons
Located in Pawtucket, RI
A rare angled desk designed by Bertha Schaefer in collaboration with Gio Ponti for Singer and Sons. Added lock to bottom drawer, key included.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood

Paul McCobb Style Mid Century Whitney Birch Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb style mid century whitney birch desk The desk measures: 52 wide x 25 deep x 30 high, with a chair clearance of 24 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Birch

Conant Ball Mid Century Desk & Chair
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A mid century writing desk and matching chair made by Conant Ball. Made of solid ash with beautiful grain. Sleek lines throughout with three simple drawers and waterfall sides. The d...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood, Ash

Pace Style Mid-Century Walnut Lucite and Brass Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Pace style mid century walnut lucite and brass desk. The desk measures: 60 wide x 30 deep x 29.5 high, with a chair clearance of 25.5 inches. All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Dining Table rosewood with Glass Top Brass Feet
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern Italian dining table rosewood with glass top brass feet. Beautiful woodwork solid dining table with custom clear glass top. Sculpted legs with brass feet. In the S...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Architectural Mid Century Desk by Thonet
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural desk by Thonet in the style of Paulin. This desk features a bank of three black drawers, each having a semicircular aluminum handle, a white formic top, white meta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Desk Sideboard Bureau Secretaire Belgium Design, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage Mid-Century Modern desk sideboard, bureau secretaire.The honey-colored sideboard desk has been made of an ash veneer wood and brass feet. It contains plenty of storage space ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Mid Century Bentwood Desk by Paul Goldman for Plymold 1946
Located in Oakland, CA
Streamlined midcentury desk of Bentwood construction by designer Paul Goldman for Plymold. This unique and beautiful treatment of wood furniture was developed by Goldman, a master bo...
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1940s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Bentwood

Mainline by Hooker Mid Century Walnut Double Pedestal Floating Top Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Mainline by Hooker Mid Century Walnut Double Pedestal Floating Top Desk Desk measures: 50 wide x 26 deep x 30.5 inches high, with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches ?All pieces of f...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut

Danish Mid-Century Rosewood Desk by Arne Vodder for Sibast, 1950s
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
The beautifull rosewood color of this desk is exceptional. Striking rosewood grain throughout this piece. This desk designed by Arne Vodder for Sibast has three drawers either side a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Wooden Writing Desk by Fratelli Proserpio, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern wooden writing desk by Fratelli Proserpio, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood

Danish Modern Executive Rosewood Desk by H.P. Hansen
Located in Burbank, CA
Exceptional Danish modern executive rosewood desk manufactured by H.P. Hansen in Denmark, circa 1960s. This desk is built from the highest quality Brazilian rosewood. We can apprecia...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Rosewood

Walnut Ivanhoe Desk with Pencil Drawers by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Ivanhoe Desk features a cantilevered base with open display shelves. Available in American walnut or white oak and drawers are available upon request. Shown here in light walnut....
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut

Mid-Century Desk in the Style of Luther Conover
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Birch and nickel plated steel desk with floating pencil box c.1940's. This desks distinctive design allows its drawers to open from both sides of the desk. The attached floating penc...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Steel, Nickel

Danish Rosewood Desk and Bookcase with Sliding Doors, 1950
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
A beautiful Danish rosewood desk cabinet with upper shelving. Features adjustable shelving with additional storage behind the 2 sliding doors and an extendable writing surface. Has a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Rosewood

Henredon Artefacts Solid Red Oak Campaign Style Partners Desk
Located in Germantown, MD
Henredon artefacts partners desk in solid Red Oak. Campaign style desk. Excellent vintage condition. Table Measures 48"W x 19"D x 30"H.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Hardwood, Oak

Walnut Ivanhoe Desk with Pencil Drawers by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Ivanhoe Desk features a cantilevered base with open display shelves. Available in American walnut or white oak and drawers are available upon request. Shown here in light walnut....
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Style Desk, Mahogany Finish
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid-Century Modern style desk with a three-quarter wooden gallery, a single frieze drawer, and raised on square tapered legs. Finished in our dark mahogany stain. Dimensions: 48" ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood

French Midcentury Ebonised Secretaire
Located in London, GB
An elegant French midcentury ebonised bureau, with three drawers and a fall front desk. With swag shaped brass handles, a decorative key and star motif to the door.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Modern Desk with Brass Supports
Located in Westwood, NJ
Modern desk with rectangular starburst veneered walnut grain top with a Macadamia finish, four shagreen inlaid drawers with brushed brass handles and side supports. Dimensions: 63...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Metal

Gerald McCabe Sedua & Steel Executive Desk
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Rare and stunning solid sedua and steel desk by Gerald McCabe, circa early 1970s. This example was custom built for a home in the Santa Barbara area and features inset solid steel le...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Steel

French Art Deco Vanity or Desk Attributed to Jacques Adnet
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage Art Deco vanity or desk attributed to Jacques Adnet in France, circa 1960s. This piece has an exceptional design since the structure has four slim legs and chrome sp...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Metal, Chrome

Italian, 1950s Wall Desk
Located in Milan, IT
Remarkable Italian, 1950s hanging desk. The piece features two formica tops and five generous drawers.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Formica, Plywood

Seven-Drawer Bamboo Desk with Glass Top
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Seven-drawer bamboo desk with glass top.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Bamboo

Mid-Century Rosewood Desk by Finn Juhl
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Gorgeous mid-century Danish modern Technocraft rosewood executive desk designed by Finn Juhl for France & Son. Beautiful choice grain throughout this well cared for masterpiece. Top ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Chrome

Antonino Gorgone Midcentury Secretaire / Desk Cabinet, Italy, circa 1950
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Italian midcentury writing desk / secretaire in Italian cherry. It has an extractable writing leaf. Designer: Stabilimenti Napoli Manufacturer: Antonino Gorgone Country: Italy Mo...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Cherry

Italian Burl Walnut, Walnut and Ebonised Desk, Tomasso Buzzi
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular walnut top above five burled walnut and ebonised drawrs, the back finished with rectangular burl walnut- provenance- collection of Ed Hardy.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut, Burl

Mid Century Italian Desk by Carlo Ratti c1950
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
A very stylish cherry wood desk attributed to Carlo Ratti, produced in Italy in the 1950’s having five drawers with brass inset handles metal frame and a green glass top. The wood on...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Cherry

Vintage Walnut Model-K80 Executive Desk by John Van Koert
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage walnut model-K80 executive desk designed by John Van Koert for the Drexel Profile series, circa 1960s. This desk has an elegant and versatile design, it is built wit...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Aluminum

Scandinavian Teak Desk in the Kai Kristiansen Style from the 60s Danish, E522
Located in Lyon, FR
Scandinavian desk from the 1960s in the style of Kai Kristiansen's work. Structure in solid teak and teak veneer, consisting of a hanging cabinet with two drawers on one side and a s...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern English Walnut and Nickel Desk
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1970s walnut and polished nickel desk found in England. Striking polished nickel curvilinear frame with walnut desk top featuring three functional drawers. Knee Clearance: 24”....
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Nickel

Kipp Stewart Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart Drexel Declaration Mid Century Walnut Writing Desk The desk measures: 44 wide x 20 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restore...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Walnut

Drop-Leaf Desk with Its Seat and Visitor’s Stool by Jacques Adnet
Located in Brussels, BE
Rare drop-leaf desk with black leather-covered letter holder accompanied by its seat and visitor's stool. X-shaped base in brass in imitation of bamboo contrasting with the covering...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Raymond Loewy Desk with Drawers for Doubinsky Freres, DF2000 Series
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare Raymond Loewy DF2000 desk in red, orange, and white. See photos for how the desk top slides forward to create clearance for a chair and also reveals storage. Red molded plastic ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Steel

Paul McCobb Winchendon Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Desk in Dark Espresso
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul McCobb Planner Group desk shown in dark espresso stain, with bank of drawers with polished tapered brass pulls on left side and two tapered angular dowel legs on the right, To b...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Carpathian Elm Burl Pigment Powder Lacquer and Silvered Brass Writing Desk
Located in Paris, FR
Versatil MMXIX is a midcentury inspired, sleek writing desk perfectly suited for the home office or bedroom. The desk combines a streamlined aesthetic with a sophisticated selection ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

Osvaldo Borsani Desk
Located in New York, NY
7-drawer desk by Osvaldo Borsani for ABV. Rosewood, maple, brass. Curved desk finished on both sides. A variant of an earlier model that originally covered in parchment and designed ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Brass

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