Skip to main content

Scandinavian Modern Desks

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair and Berlin daybed, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak.

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while the revolutionary architect and furniture innovator produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, a stylistic maverick and maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Verner Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

88
16
to
5
59
41
104
94
97
623
175
171
158
135
88
16
74
7
3
Height
to
Width
to
Depth
to
103
69
60
17
16
103
83
60
9
7
5
5
4
4
3
Style: Scandinavian Modern
Suspended Teak Desk
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Suspended Scandinavian teak wood desk/toilet, the workmanship is vintage from the 1950s. The liftable top hides a large mirror and a compartment perfect for storage. It attache...
Category

1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Vintage Scandinavian Desk
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Cabinet with typical mid-century Scandinavian design forms. A functional desk with a minimalist design. It features a large teak wood desk top that rests on its sides on two cabin...
Category

1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Square Desk in Ash Wood Designed by Eric Gizard, 100% Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
This square desk is made of solid ash wood and designed by Eric Gizard, famous Parisian Designer 1 wooden drawer in the front Our woods come exclusively from sustainable manage...
Category

2010s French Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Ash, Lacquer, Wood

Rare Rosewood Desk by Bodil Kjaer
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rare model 901 desk in rosewood by Danish designer Bodil Kjaer produced by cabinet maker E. Pedersen & Søn and distributed by Jason Danmark circa 1959. "I have had a life, not a c...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Danish Double Sided and Expandable Teak Office by Arne Vodder, 1960
Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Small very functional Scandinavian desk thanks to its 3-drawer box and its rear niche. It also has a folding extension that goes to the side with brass fasteners. Very elegant, this ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Dux Model 541 Teak Writing Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish Modern teak writing desk by Folke Ohlsson for DUX. The floating cabinet design contains two drawers with recessed pulls, with the desktop having a raised back lip and tapered ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Unusual Modernist Vanity/Desk Made in Denmark
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual modernist vanity/desk made in Denmark, adjustable pivoting rectangular mirror. Four-drawer left and right, center drawer with secondary deep storage, rosewood drawer pulls.   
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Glass, Rosewood, Teak

Vintage Dressing Table/ Small Danish Desk with Mirror
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Detail desk with two storage compartments, design from the late 1960s. On one side the top rises and conceals a spacious compartment where personal effects can be stored; on the ...
Category

1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Mid Century Vintage Danish Rosewood Desk by Arne Vodder
Located in LEGNY, FR
Beautiful mid century vintage Scandinavinan rosewood desk by the danish designer Arne Vodder. This desk is double sided, six drawers (two can be closed with keys) on one side and t...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Rosewood

Macassar Ebony Desk by Margareta Köhler
By Margareta Köhler
Located in Borås, SE
Desk by Margareta Köhler (1901-1974). ca. 1938. Macassar Ebony. Desk with detachable top with two drawers. Designed by Margreta Köhler for Firma Futurum in 1938. Produced...
Category

1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Wood, Macassar

Small Vintage Teak Desk
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Small Scandinavian-made desk / entryway console with drawers made of teak wood. A practical piece of furniture for small spaces, ideal for an entryway or bedroom. The simple, stra...
Category

1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Metal

Mid-20th Century Birch Bodafors Desk by Carl Malmsten
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine quality 3 piece pedestal desk designed by Carl Malmsten for Bodafors, circa 1940. Burr birch writing surface below which is an elaborate inlaid frieze of Brazilian rosewood, ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Birch

Danish Teak Double Sided Desk with 6 Drawers, 1960s, Modernist Design
Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Superb Scandinavian Executive desk. 2 x 3 drawers at the front, the top drawers lockable, keys provided. At the back 2 niches, to store books, trinkets or documents. Very nice piece ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Teak Desk, Danish Design, 1960s, Renovated
Located in Chorzów, PL
Double-sided teak desk produced in Scandinavia in the 1960s. It has 6 spacious drawers. At the back, a lockable compartment and shelves for books. After wood renovation. One key...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Vintage Dressing Table with Mirror / Small Danish Desk
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Scandinavian cabinet with mirror and drawers. A piece of original high craftsmanship from the 1960s, which can also be used as a small desk. The simple, regular lines of the frame ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Gunleik Svartdal Desk in Solid Pine Produced in Norway, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very rare desk in solid pine designed by Gunleik Svartdal and produced in Norway in the 1980s. This desk is in original condition and showing nice patina and character from age and u...
Category

1980s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Pine

Hans Wegner Executive Desk for Johannes Hansen
Located in New York, NY
Executive desk in teak and stainless steel, designed as part of an office system by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen, c. 1965. With solid oak, dovetailed drawers and height adjustable...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Stainless Steel

1960’s Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Executive Teak Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large 1960’s desk in Scandinavian style. Sculpted teak handles. Three drawers on the right. And a large cabinet on the left. Knee space 19 1/2”D x 23 3/4 W x 23 5/8 H.
Category

1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Hardwood, Teak

Beithcraft Mid-Century Modern Teak Triptych Mirror Dressing Table or Desk, 1960
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Teak wood dressing table with triptych mirror. Spectacular piece with fluid organic lines, with curved angles and sculpted handles, manufactured by the Scottish cabinetmaker Beithcra...
Category

Mid-20th Century British Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Mirror, Teak

Console Desk in solid Ash Wood by Eric Gizard, South Scandinavian Style
Located in Landivy, FR
This console table is made of solid ash wood and designed by the famous Parisian Designer Eric Gizard. Our woods come exclusively from sustainable managed French forests. 1 wooden...
Category

2010s French Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Wood, Ash, Lacquer

Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen Bar, Denmark, circa 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Featuring a drop down desk or bar, three smaller drawers over two large drawers. Distinctive finger jointing on top and sides. Excellent traditional oiled finish patina and rich vint...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Vintage Swedish Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Teak Wood Desk with Drawers
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This classic desk was made in Sweden during the 1960s. It is made of brown-gold teak with black elements. Teak wood is very durable, it comes from four types of teak trees. The high ...
Category

1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Wood, Teak

Danish Mod Century Desk Gv Gasvig Arne Vodder Made in Denmark ca. 1960's
By Arne Vodder, G.V. Gasvig
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Danish Modern desk by recognized master, Arne Vodder, for G.V. Gasvig. The desk features a floating top, over two storage cabinets, one having a single deep drawer, the other ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Large Danish Teak Double Sided Executive Office Desk, 1960
Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Superb Scandinavian Executive desk with a very large top. 2 x 3 drawers on the front, the top drawers are locked. On the rear part 2 lockable niches with hinged door and a large nich...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Vintage Hanging Desk
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Suspended Scandinavian teak wood desk/toilet, the workmanship is vintage from the 1960s. The lift-up top hides a large mirror, a compartment perfect for storage and a light. It...
Category

1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

South Scandinavian Desk in Ash Wood Design by Eric Gizard, 100% Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
Rectangular console desk for ecological, sustainable and design home work 100% solid ash 1 drawer in the belt Mon Petit Meuble Français provides exclusively 100% Made in Franc...
Category

2010s French Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Lacquer, Wood, Ash

Teak Secretary Desk, Danish Design, 1960s, Renovated
Located in Chorzów, PL
Teak secretary, Denmark, 1960s Very good condition. Wood: teak Dimensions: height: 110 cm, width: 90 cm, depth: 45 cm.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Mid-Century Modern Teak Flip Top Partners Desk by Peter Løvig Nielsen
Located in San Jose, CA
Danish vintage flip top writing partners desk designed by Peter Lovig Nielsen for Dansk, circa 1970s. This versatile piece offers plenty of storage featuring four drawers and an orga...
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Teak Executive Desk
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Danish modern teak executive desk. Double pedestal with exterior bookcases and cabinet. Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every day. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

1960s Danish Teak Desk by Omann Jun
Located in High Point, NC
A Midcentury Modern desk by Danish designer Omann Jun. Made in the 1960s in teak, this piece epitomizes the clean lines and expert craftsmanship for which the designer is known. The ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Glass, Teak

Frama Contemporary Scandinavian Design Wall Shelf Library H1852 Desk Section
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Shelf Library is a continuation of the recognised shelf design by Frama. Fastened with solid steel screws on oak rails, the shelves can easily be placed and re-styled in a variety of...
Category

2010s Lithuanian Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Stainless Steel

1950s, Vintage Teak Writing Desk Secretaire
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Teak cabinet with drawers and flap. The front can be opened if needed and become a convenient desk. Inside are shelves, a drawer and a mirror hidden behind a door. At the bot...
Category

1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Arne Wahl Iversen Model 56 Danish Desk
Located in Solihull, GB
Teak, Model 56 Arne Wahl Iversen desk for Vinde Mobelfabrik. Superb, nicely proportioned little desk with great detailing. The desk is also finished to the rear so can stand fr...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Danish Teak Desk, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Teak desk, Denmark, 1960s Very good condition.   
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Peter Løvig Nielsen Teak Boomerang Writing Desk for Dansk
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern writing desk in teak designed by Peter Lovig Nielsen for Dansk circa 1960's. Features a unique boomerang shaped top with a raised lip edge and tapered legs with br...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Bernt Peterson Double Drop Leaf Table Desk with Free Standing Return
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Bernt Peterson designed minimalist drop-leaf office table desk in oak. This is a substantial and well constructed table finished with spare but elegant details. Either or both dr...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Oak

Danish Modern "Eden" Partners Desk, Large Surface with Roll Top File Cabinets
By Magnussen and Claussen
Located in Kansas City, MO
"Eden Desk" designed by Magnussen and Claussen for Eden, Holland. Three drawers, three roll top file cabinets accessed on the desk surface. Two cubbies on the partners side. Expertly...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Danish Cabinetmaker Mahogany Workstation Cabinet
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Made in the 1950s by Danish cabinetmaker this unique custom-made cabinet features double tambour doors with interior shelves, drawers and a fold-out writing plate, great for a laptop...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Mahogany

Danish Modern Teak Magic Box Desk
Located in Denton, TX
Convertible cabinet that opens to a large desk with multiple cubby’s and file storage. There are two keys for the door and drawer.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Executive Desk in Teak by Svend Aage Madsen for Sigurd Hansen
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic Danish modern executive desk in teak by Svend Aage Madsen for Sigurd Hansen, circa 1950s. The front features six dove tailed storage drawers while the backside shows an open a...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Mid-Century Modern Rosewood and Lucite Table
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a beautiful table in rosewood and Lucite legs with custom brass hardware screws. Rosewood top has been restored. The Lucite legs are brand new in excellent c...
Category

1980s Unknown Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Nils Jonsson Rare Teak Dressing Table Vanity
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful Danish modern teak vanity dressing table, circa the 1960s, designed by Nils Jonsson for Johnson for Torring Mobelfabrik and produced by HJN Mobler in Denmark. This piece is...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Danish Mid Century Teak & Beech Writing Desk
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Teak & beech writing desk, circa 1960's. Finished on both sides, can be placed in the center of a room and look fantastic from every angle. Sleek, modern. Teak top compliments the co...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Beech, Teak

Peter Løvig Nielsen Flip-Top Teak Desk
Located in San Diego, CA
This flip-top partner desk by Peter Løvig Nielsen for Dansk in Denmark has been immaculately restored. It has a gorgeous deep hue, old-growth quarter-sawn teak with beautiful flecks ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Petite Danish Modern Teak Vanity Desk
Located in San Diego, CA
Simple elegant and versatile small desk/vanity, circa 1980s in original teak finish and condition very clean, with mirror and removable box drawer.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Mirror, Teak

Rosewood 3 Drawer Occasional Desk
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every day. Our goal is to provide beautiful, functional furniture that honors its illustrious past. Our ...
Category

Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Rosewood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Desk, by Ib Kofod Larsen For Faarup
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Teak writing desk by Ib Kofod Larsen for Faarup, circa 1960's. Incredibly built writing desk is finished on both sides, if placed in the center of a room it will look fantastic from ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Alvar Aalto Mahogany Desk for Artek with Drawers and Pull Out Work Surfaces
Located in Chicago, IL
The model #500 mahogany desk designed by Alvar Aalto, made in Sweden for Artek, Finland. Six drawers with two pull-out work surface boards. A nice example of Aalto's clean modernist ...
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Mahogany

Scandinavian Minimalist Style Wood Desk
Located in Paris, FR
Great Nordic style compact desk made of solid wood, oak or walnut (chosen by the buyer) offering storage solution with one drawer. Great lines, elegant designer's creation, made in a...
Category

2010s Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Scandinavian Style Secretary Desk in Walnut or Oak
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful Nordic style compact desk made of solid wood, oak or walnut (chosen by the buyer) offering a real storage solution with three drawers, one secret compartment and two lidded...
Category

2010s Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Vintage Danish Modern Teak Executive Desk by H.P. Hansen
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century executive desk in teak manufactured by H.P. Hansen, Denmark, circa 1960s. Features a raised sculpted top and floating external legs. This versatile desk can be showcased ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Swedish Art Moderne Roll-Top Writing Desk in Elm with Burl Elm Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful roll-top writing desk in Elm with Bookmatched Elm veneer. Top rolls up to reveal cubbyholes with burl elm accents, drawers, and a retractable desktop. Lower section include...
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Elm, Burl

Teak Secretary Desk, Danish Design, 1960s, Renovated
Located in Chorzów, PL
Teak writing desk, Danish design, Very good condition, after professional renovation. Wood: Teak Dimensions: Height 95 cm, width 89 cm, depth 42 cm.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Arne Wahle Iversen Danish Modern Model 68 Teak Drop Front Secretary Desk, 1960's
Located in Milford, NH
A sleek form Danish modern teak drop front desk designed by noted Danish furniture designer Arne Wahle Iversen (1927-1986) for Vinde Møbelfabrik in the 1960s. Two interior drawers an...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Danish Vintage Office Desk
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Danish-made teak 'center' desk with drawers. It features a large work surface and three very roomy drawers. The quality of Danish craftsmanship is evident in the attention to deta...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Teak 6 Drawer Versatile Desk by Borge Mogensen
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful elegant Danish design desk by Borge Mogensen in teak nice quality and craftsmanship, dovetail drawers, we have lightly sanded and refinished the top, cleaned and oiled the ...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Swedish Desk and Stool by Göran Malmvall 1940s/'50s
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Pine wood table and stool set designed by G.Malmvall for The Swedish Fur company. Two pieces of furniture of Scandinavian origin, evident in the type of wood used and the rustic b...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Pine

Original Scandinavian desk from the 1950s
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Mid-century teak desk equipped with drawers. The regular structure features 4 drawers of different sizes on one side and two slender legs on the other. The handle of the drawers ma...
Category

1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks

Materials

Teak

Recently Viewed

View More