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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Boomerang Desk by Maurice Calka
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Iconic fiberglass Boomerang desk designed by Maurice Calka for EDITION LELEU DESHAYS Published in Xavier De Jarcy's book "Maurice Calka Le Sculpteur Du Design" page 222.
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1960s French Futurist Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Fiberglass

Art Deco Writing Desk in Elm, Förenade Möbelfabrikerna, Swedish Grace, 1940s
Located in Odense, DK
This Art Deco Writing desk crafted by Förenade Möbelfabrikerna in the 1940s embodies timeless elegance with its exquisite design and rich materials. Constructed with a sophisticated ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Elm

Restored Bauhaus Writing Desk, by André Lurcat, Walnut, New Polish, Czech, 1930s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Restored Bauhaus Writing Desk Catalog model: PS 8 Material: Walnut, Chrome-plated Steel Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia) Period: 1930-1939 This desk was designed by French modernis...
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1930s Czech Bauhaus Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

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 fram...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique Derby School Paneled Oak Roll Top Desk with Full Interior, C1900
By Derby Desk Company
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique roll top desk offers paneled quarter sawn oak construction with s-top opening to full interior over base with flanking drawer towers h...
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Early 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Art Deco Desk, France 1940s
Located in Greding, DE
Art Deco desk with slightly curved table top and two drawer elements with four drawers each. These are lockable and the handles are made of elegant bars. The desk can be positioned a...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

American Drafting Table
Located in New York, NY
Adjustable wood top, cast iron base drafting table. This table adjusts in height from tallest position (42") to lowest (30.5") and the to...
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Early 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Aesthetic Movement Moorish Style Inlay Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare late 19th century English aesthetic movement writing table or desk featuring Middle Eastern Moorish style carved details and inlay. The small desk features a rectangular top centered by a mother of pearl medallion having a geometric arabesque design. The border of the table has a small galleried edge with geometric inlay and ebonized wood square corners. The desk is fronted by a wide drawer with carved scroll decoration and two round pulls. The case has dramatic, intricate open fretwork designs in a Moroccan school...
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19th Century English Moorish Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

A rare French Louis XIV large pewter and fruitwood inlaid marquetry desk
Located in PARIS, FR
A rare French Louis XIV large pewter and fruitwood inlaid marquetry desk called “bureau Mazarin” attributed to Pierre Gole (1620 – 1684) Dimensi...
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Late 17th Century French Louis XIV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Pewter

Art Deco dressing table with chair, Germany, circa 1940s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Art Deco dressing table with chair. Elegant dressing table with a chair in the Art Deco style. The furniture has been professionally renovated and is in very good condition. The dres...
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1930s German Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Radius Cutaway Reclaimed Walnut Desk
Located in brooklyn, NY
Radiused outer edges and scalloped inner edge create a contrasting profile that adorns this minimal desk. Made from hand oiled solid walnut, this desk blends simple lines with unique...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Burl Maple and Rosewood Art Deco Waterfall Executive Desk
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Everyone here on team FMV adores this desk. We don't know much (if anything) about the origin, maker or designer, but it's awesome nonetheless. Similar to the Henredon "Scene Two" ...
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1970s Unknown Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Valmanara Table by Carlo Scarpa for Simon International - Gavina
Located in Barcelona, ES
Valmanara table designed in 1971 by italian architect Carlo Scarpa for Simon International-Gavina. Oak wood with cerused varnish finish.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

Large double-sided Renaissance-style writing desk with secrets by Leglas-Maurice
By François Leglas-Maurice
Located in Paris, FR
Large double-sided Renaissance-style writing-desk with secrets, stamped and inscribed by François-Pierre Leglas-Maurice. It won a gold medal at the 1...
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Late 19th Century French Revival Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood, Pearwood

Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons #2135 Extendable Dining Table, c 1950, Refinished
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This restored Model 2135 extendable dining table with four leaves by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons features gorgeously veined Italian Walnut with sculpted legs to Gio Ponti's signature...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Midcentury Teak Ladies' Desk "RY 32" by Hans J. Wegner, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant teak desk by Hans J. Wegner, model named “RY 32”. Shallow design with one drawer with nicely sculpted knob handles.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Art Deco Amsterdamse School Corner Desk by Daniel van Dorp for Reens, 1920s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and ultra rare Art Deco Amsterdamse School desk. Design by Daniel van Dorp for Gebroeders Reens Amsterdam. Striking Dutch design from the 1920s. Solid macassar ebony with...
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1920s Dutch Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Leather, Macassar

Mid-Century Modern Teak Desk or Writing Table by Louis van Teeffelen for WéBé
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and elegant Mid-Century Modern desk or writing table. Design by Louis Van Teeffelen for WéBé. Striking Dutch design from the 1950s. Minimalistic design in solid teak and ori...
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Bodil Kjær Office Desk Table, Wood and Steel by Karakter
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Bodil Kjær in 1959. We are proud to present our first design from a Danish designer. In this case, Danish architect, professor, and designer, Bodil Kjær. The icon...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Anonima Castelli Palisander Wood Desk with Elegant Metal Insert Handle, 1970s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
The desk, produced in the 1970s by Anonima Castelli of Bologna, is an authentic vintage piece in impeccable condition, crafted entirely from fine Palisander wood. Its design includes...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

19th Century Gothic Revival Walnut Writing Side Table A W Pugin Manner
Located in Norwich, GB
A 19th Century burr walnut and walnut Gothic Revival writing side table in the A W Pugin manner. English. Circa 1860. The table having a burr walnut top with canted corners, support...
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19th Century English Gothic Revival Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Burl

French, Oak Child's School Desk c. 1900's
Located in London, GB
This French 1900's Oak child's school desk is a rare find that exudes immense character. The desk bears the markings of many children who have used it over the years, adding to its c...
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Early 1900s French French Provincial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Vintage Solid Maple Heywood Wakefield Wheat Writing Desk With Cats Eye Chair
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This listing includes both the desk and chair. Collectors know that it is difficult to find original Heywood in good condition. The desk top has been refinished to match original...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Fabric

Finn Juhl Rare Desk for Bovirke in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for Bovirke, desk, model ‘BO 69’, teak, metal, brass, Denmark, design ca. 1953, made late 1950s Finn Juhl conceived this rare version of the desk model ‘BO 69’ in the late...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Hand Carved Whitewashed Desk or Console in the Manner of John Dickenson
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Impressive mid century modern writing desk or console table having whitewashed carved wood with lattice pattern and finished on top with leather and chrome. Chunky legs with Asian f...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Late 18th Century Mahogany Veneered Architect's Table, Stamped
Located in Stahnsdorf, DE
Late 18th Century Mahogany Veneered Architect's Table, Stamped France, 1790-1800 A late 18th century Directoire mahogany architect's table also called as table Tronchin...
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1790s French Directoire Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Jacques Adnet, Leather-topped Mahogany Desk with Bronze Details, France, 1955
Located in New York, NY
Provenance: Palais des Consuls de Rouen. Bibliography: For an illustration of these pieces, see: Rouen, le Palais des Consuls. Presentation booklet. 26. For an illustration of these...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Walnut Dresser Continuous Grain Drawer Fronts Bookmatched
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Boston Dresser is a double book-matched piece with luscious drawers in dark walnut. Round over void edges with a cantilevered belly on slender legs....
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2010s American Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

Walnut Console Table Continuous Grain Drawer Fronts
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This molten grain walnut table spans in magical round over edges. It is handcrafted in solid walnut with tapered legs, a perfect setup for a console or an artist's desk. Drawer front...
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2010s American Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

Venetian Rococo Revival Lacquered Ladies Desk
Located in New York, NY
Venetian Rococo Revival lacquered wood ladies desk or writing table raised on tapered cabriole legs, having two drawers to front, floral motif painted...
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Late 20th Century Rococo Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Wooden and Chrome Desk, Italy, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Wooden and Chrome Desk, Italy, 1970s
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1970s Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Bureau Plat
By Philippe Claude Montigny
Located in Kittery Point, ME
In the style of Montigny (Philippe-Claude Montigny, mai^tre in 1770), the rectangular tooled leather-lined top surrounded with a later ormolu border, above two frieze drawers and sim...
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18th Century and Earlier French Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

White Painted Gustavian Style Table Writing Desk With One Drawer, circa 1860-80
Located in Round Top, TX
Swedish Gustavian style table with single fluted drawer and tapered legs. Restored, later professionally painted in layered shades of white now distressed to add to the character and...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

Wild Willy's Woodshop Contemporary Curved Birch Pillar Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Distinguished by its sleek design and contemporary flair, this desk is a one stop shop for work or play. Asymmetrical elegance brings a dreamy union between function and form. The se...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Plywood

Contemporary Desk in Solid Oak and Blackened Steel Legs by Carbonell Design
Located in Miami, FL
The contemporary 'Saddle' desk is made with a solid white oak top and blackened steel legs. Standard overall dimensions are 80 W x 32D x 29.75 H. The natural edge saddle leather is o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Desks and Writing Tables

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Cut Steel

Art Deco German Curved Desk in Walnut
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant German Art Deco Desk is made out of walnut wood. Has slightly curved top with leather insert in the middle. There is thin keyed drawer. Desk is supported by 2 wide rectangula...
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1940s German Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Secret Desk Cabinet
Located in Paris, FR
Desk Cabinet Secret with structure and 2 doors in solid walnut in natural finish outside and with maple inserts inside in natural finish. Internal elements and base in metal in matt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Antique Rustic Spanish Colonial Farm Table
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing antique rustic spanish colonial farm table made of oak wood and metal handles. The carved details in the drawers are pretty cool. Additionally, the legs style are absolutely ...
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Late 18th Century Unknown Spanish Colonial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

Mid-century American Desk in Zebra Wood By Warren Platner
Located in Houston, TX
Desk is made out of zebra wood. Table top is reupholstered with brown cowhide. There is wide drawer for files on the left side and smaller drawer on the right. Desk is elevated by wi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Organic Modern Armona Desk, Walnut Onyx, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Armona Desk, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Armona modern desk pays homage to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx

Organic Modern Armona Desk, Oak Root, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Armona desk, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Armona modern desk pays homage to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

Organic Modern Castelo Desk, Green Marble Brass, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Castelo Desk, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Castelo modern desk table pays h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Brass

Post Modern Corner Desk Glass
Located in Mortsel, BE
Please message us for more info or transportation options
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Late 20th Century Unknown Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Steel, Chrome

1930s Fabulous Industrial Adjustable Wood Table Hand Crank Metal Base
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Old Adjustable Table 1930s Fabulous Sculptural Industrial Wheeled Wood Table Adjustable Tilt with Hand Crank Metal Base Adjustable height useful as Lectern, Drafting, Music Stand, S...
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1930s Industrial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Modern Chiado Console Table, Red Leather, Stone, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Chiado Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Chiado console table honors Lisbon’s historic quarter, cap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Onyx, Marble, Brass

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 captu...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Oak, Plywood

Modern Toscana Vanity Table Oak Beige Leather Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Toscana Vanity Table, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The organic modern Toscana vanity table is a captivating blend of natural beauty and c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Brass

Jules Wabbes Early Versatile Free-Standing Corner Desk in Wengé
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jules Wabbes, two-part corner writing desk, teak, coated steel, wengé, chrome, Belgium, 1960s This exceptional free-standing corner desk was crafted by the renowned designer Jules W...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Chrome

French Neoclassical Parma Console Table Hand Carved Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Parma console, Neoclassical collection, handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. A French Neoclassical style console table, Parma is handcarved in linden wood. An exclusive a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Onyx, Silver Leaf, Steel, Stainless Steel

Modern by Giuseppe Carpanelli Pegaso Writing Desk Walnut Wood with Leather
Located in Desio, IT
Writing desk in Canaletta walnut with large drawer with push and pull mechanism, small drawers with metal handles in the upper part. Legs in solid wood in Canaletta walnut tone. Top ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Guillerme & Chambron Writing Desks in Oak and Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, writing desks, oak, leather, France, 1960s. This set of desks is designed by the renowned French duo Guillerme et Chambron. This design holds...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Oak

Organic Modern Armona Desk, Oak Root Onyx Brass, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Armona desk, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Armona...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Brass

17th C Style Italian Walnut Refectory Dining Table Dark shellac finish In Stock
Located in Encinitas, CA
Our classic Lira style Old Walnut refectory dining table with sculpted edge top, lyre-shaped bases, handcrafted in aged Italian walnut, featured in our dramatic Espresso Dark stain s...
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17th Century Italian Baroque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Italian Desk from the 60s
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Red lacquered wood desk from the 60s, Italian. Desk 1960s Country: Italian Finish: polyurethanic lacquer It is an elegant and sophisticated desk. If you...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Modern Arco da Augusta Console Calacatta Marble Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Arco da Augusta Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by Lisbon's historical arch and as a homage to the Portuguese architecture...
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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

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

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Belgian Black Marble, Marble, Brass

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

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Marble, Steel

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 colorful 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 materialized 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 favored 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 symbolize 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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