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Postmodern Italian Leonardo Desks Work Tables Achille Castiglioni Zanotta, Pair
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
A rare opportunity to buy a pair of Leonardo desks designed by Achille Castiglioni for Zanotta, Italy. Reversable wooden top with white melamine on both sides, the easel base is of s...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica, Wood, Beech

Italian Midcentury Writing Desk Gio Ponti Inspired
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Sculptured writing desk with green glass top in the style of Gio Ponti. Large drawer under the top.   
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Small Writing Desk by Vittorio Dassi, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Small writing desk also named 'dattilo', very well designed by Vittorio Dassi in the 1950s, and usually accompanied by its largest executive desk (see last image). It has solid struc...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Desk
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
A combination of sculpted solid wood and walnut veneer with cane drawer front pane also brass finish drawer pulls. Can be used as a vanity. Knee height 24.63."
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Sven Ivar Dysthe Desk in Walnut, Leather and Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sven Ivar Dysthe for Dokka Møbler, desk, walnut, leather, steel, Norway, 1960s This refined desk is designed by the Norwegian designer Sven Ivar Dysthe. The desk has four tubular ...
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1950s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Supernova, Recycled Cast Aluminum Table Leg in Seagreen by Made in Ratio
Located in London, GB
The contemporary supernova is a dynamic, self-levelling trestle cast entirely from entirely recycled aluminium in a fully sustainable closed-loop factory. Simple and versatile to ori...
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2010s British Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Aluminum

19th Century French Louis Philippe Fruitwood Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Exquisite 19th century French Louis Philippe period writing table or desk. Constructed from fruitwood with wood peg joinery. The large writing surface has a thick border and a single...
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19th Century French Louis Philippe Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood

19th Century French Napoleon III Rosewood and Kingwood Writing Table, 1850s
Located in Roma, RM
A French Bonheur du Jour, that is Napoleon III writing table, in rosewood and kingwood, with applications in gilded bronze and extractable writing top with two-panel doors with a sin...
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1850s French Napoleon III Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Helmut Magg Small Desk with Cherry Veneer
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Helmut Magg for WK Möbel, veneerd cherrywood, Germany, 1950s This ‘lady desk’ by German architect and furniture designer Helmut Magg (1927-2013) breathes the aesthetics of 1950s d...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica, Wood, Cherry

Vintage 'Model 70' Santos Rosewood Desk by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Mobel
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A beautiful original example of this Classic Scandinavian Modern desk by top designer Kai Kristiansen, and produced by Faldballes Mobelfabrik in Denmark, circa 1965. The condition i...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Jacques Adnet Leather Covered Writing Desk, France, 1950
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Amazing and extraordinary small writing desk designed by Jacques Adnet and manufactured by Atalier Jacques Adnet, France, 1950. This super nice shaped and super quality desk has a br...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Writing Desk in Solid English Walnut, Design No 5. Unique. by Jonathan Field
Located in London, GB
English walnut desk, design no.5, 2019 This Desk was shown by the Connaught Brown Gallery of London at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht and the Masterpiece Fair in London in 2019. Si...
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Early 2000s English Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Directoire Style Writing Table / Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Directoire style three-drawer desk with tooled leather writing surface and brass inlay's.
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20th Century Directoire Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Spanish Lrye-Leg Table ‘or Desk’ with Lovely Fleur De Lys Accent Details
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Spanish walnut wood table with lyre legs from the 18th century. This antique table from Spain features a rectangular-shaped top which is raised upon a pair of sinuously carved lyre...
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Early 18th Century Spanish Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1950s Petite French Regency Style Ebonized and Gilt Bureau Plat or Side Table
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a French bureau plat with an ebonized painted finish and gilt accents. The top is a faux marble painted finish. The lions are gilt over terracotta. The front has a single dra...
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Mid-20th Century French Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Olivier Gagnère Desk, circa 1980, France
Located in Girona, Spain
Olivier Gagnère desk Ebonized ceruse oak. Two drawers circa 1980, France Very good vintage condition. Born in 1952, Olivier Gagnère lives and works in Paris. After studying l...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

19th Century French Louis Philippe Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Handsome 19th century French writing table or desk made in the Louis Philippe period from chestnut. The desk features a large top with an ogee border showcasing the rich chestnut woo...
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19th Century French Louis Philippe Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Chestnut

Classic by Carpanelli Cylinder Inlaid
Located in Desio, IT
The curved shapes and many secret drawers make this a cabinet maker's gem. It is enriched by mother of pearl details and floral inlays. It has a secret compartmet. This unique witing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Walnut

Signed Continental Fruitwood Metamorphic Parquetry or Mechanical Table / Desk
Located in Milford, NH
An exceptional 19th century rectangular fruitwood metamorphic or mechanical table / writing desk with sliding brass bound top, brass ormolu, and a single drawer, opening to reveal an...
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19th Century European Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

French Midcentury Dining Table/Desk with Leaf
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful 1940s midcentury French dining table with 1 leaf. Splayed leg base. Marked "XXXXVIII" and "48" on bottom. Could make a fabulous desk! Very good looking piece in great origi...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Scandinavian Modern Vanity / Dresser by Engström & Myrstrand for Bodafors Sweden
Located in Odense, DK
Beautiful vanity table with adjustable mirror from 1963. Design by Sven Engström and Gunnar Myrstrand for Bodafors, Sweden. The table is in patinated oak with nice details in brass. ...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

High Class Secretary, Writing Desk in Black Lacquer and Brass, 1970s
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Very high quality secretary in black glossy lacquered wood and brass. Lots of brass. Very many very nice details. A large flap to open the secretary, inside equipped with black leath...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique Louis XV Style Provincial Walnut Occasional Table
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Antique Louis XV style provincial walnut occasional table, 19th century. This table has nice old color, cabriole legs ending in hoof feet, a single drawer and mortise, tenon and dowe...
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19th Century European Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Hollywood Regency Teak, Brass and Glass Console Table or Desk
Located in Nantucket, MA
In that Classic, glamorous era of the early-mid 1900s, a lovely console table or desk with teak, brass and glass details. The legs are a tapered teak wood with brass feet and cross b...
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Mid-20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century English Victorian Mahogany Partners Desk by Davis & Co, London
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality Victorian mahogany partners desk by Davis & Co, Tottenham Court Road, London. Of large proportions, the desk has a read leather hide writing surface, decor...
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Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Rococo Black Lacquered Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
An English Rococo black lacquered desk with gilt-tooled red leather top, carved and gilded decorations with three shaped frieze drawers and cabriole legs. Dimensions: 62.5" W x 3...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Rococo Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Dutch Colonial 19th Century Teak Wood Breakfast Table or Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Dutch Colonial teak wood table from the late 19th century. This antique table from Indonesia is approximately 6.5 feet in length and has a beautiful rustic appearance, designed wit...
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19th Century Indonesian Dutch Colonial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Teak

19th Century French Louis XV Style Bonheur du Jour Writing Desk by Paus Sormani
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
An excellent quality 19th century Louis XV style Bonheur du jour or writing desk by top Paris maker Paul Sormani. The case is veneered in exotic thulya wood with contrasting banding ...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Desk in Iroko Wood by Arno Declercq
Located in Geneve, CH
Desk in iroko wood by Arno Declercq Edition of 12 pieces Dimensions: W 233 x D 100 x H 75 cm Materials: Burned and waxed iroko wood Arno Declercq Belgian designer and art dea...
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2010s Belgian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique French Louis XVI Style Cylinder Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Striking antique French cylinder desk with many drawers and compartments. Pull out leather writing surface. Galleried marble top and fitted with brass inlay's.
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Writing Desk in Ebonized English Oak. unique. by Jonathan Field
Located in London, GB
Writing Desk with ebonized and brushed English oak grain, design No 5. The underside of the desk has a curved ribbed structure. The single central drawer runs on fully extendable s...
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2010s British Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Osvaldo Borsani Writing Desk Table Tecno, Italy, 1954
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning large writing desk or desk table designed by Osvaldo Borsani and manufactured by Tecno, Italy 1954. The table has aluminium tripod legs for the stability and the top is made...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

English Willian IV Satinwood Inlaid Lady's Writing Desk with Lower Shaped Shelf
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This English William IV mahogany and satinwood inlayed lady's writing table, dating to circa 1840, features a banded and stringed polished top with quarter corner fan inlays centerin...
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Mid-19th Century English William IV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

18th Century French Louis XIII Style Barley Twist Desk with Green Leather Top
Located in Birmingham, AL
A fine 18th century carved French Louis XIII style bureau plat or desk handcrafted of solid oak by skilled Breton artisans, circa 1730s. The rectangular top with a gadrooned beveled ...
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18th Century French Louis XIII Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Lily Marble Console, Signed by Stefan Leo
Located in Geneve, CH
Lily marble console, signed by Stefan Leo Lily marble console Forged iron, top marble Measures: 140 cm x 38 x H 85cm Atelier Stefan Leo has a remarkable reputation thanks to it...
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2010s German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Space Age Black Brown Lacquer Steel Oval Desk Console Table, France, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Space Age black brown lacquer steel oval desk console table, France, 1960s Beautiful desk or entry table with an oval lacquer wood black top with brown leather detail. The lacquer...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Walnut Black 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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Walnut, Plywood, Birch

18th Century Louis XVI Bois de Rose Secretaire, Roger Vandercruse Lacroix, 1780s
Located in Roma, RM
Precious French Secretaire, Louis XVI era, purple ebony- bois de rose veneer, made by RVLC, Roger Vandercruse dit Lacroix (19 November 1727 - 19 May 1799). We are facing a piece of f...
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1780s French Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ebony

French 19th Century Gilt-Bronze Mounted Writing Table of Fine Quality
Located in Benington, Herts
An extremely fine 19th century French Louis XV Revival gilt ormolu mounted Kingwood bureau de dame / writing table. French, circa 1870. A very attractive and of the finest qua...
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19th Century French Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Lily Glass Console, Signed by Stefan Leo
Located in Geneve, CH
Lily glass console - Signed by Stefan Leo Lily glass console Forged iron, top pâte de verre Measures: 140 cm x 38 x H 85cm Atelier Stefan Leo has a remarkable reputation thanks...
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2010s German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass

George III Mahogany Architect's Desk, England, circa 1760
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early George III period mahogany architect's desk originating from England during the second half of the 18th century. The desk consists of an adjustable writing surface on doubl...
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18th Century English George III Antique Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Gorgeous French Louis XV Style Two-Sided Bureau Plat Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
An elegant French Louis XV style walnut and ormolu gilt mounted figural bureau plat desk having rectangular top inset with a gilt tooled black leather writing panel, fitted with thre...
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1940s French Louis XV Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Riald Brass and Glass Console, Signed by Stefan Leo
Located in Geneve, CH
Riald brass and glass console - Signed by Stefan Leo Forged iron, Top pâte de verre Brass, Pâte de verre Measures: 140 x 38cm, H:85 cm Atelier Stefan Leo has a remarkable repu...
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2010s German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Desk or Console Handmade in Organic Design solid wood
Located in Dietmannsried, Bavaria
Solid wood desk or console in organic design. Manufactured by German carpenter and sculptor Eckehard Weimann. The furniture is handmade. The body is organically worked, wrinkles and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

Sculptural Studio Single Drawer Desk or Console of Curly Maple, Rosewood & Ebony
Located in Hudson, NY
Amazing sleek handcrafted Postmodern style writing desk, or console made of curly maple, Santo Domingo rosewood, and ebony. This piece was made by master craftsman Michael Gregorio o...
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1980s American American Craftsman Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Rosewood, Ebony

Austrian Josef Danhauser Style Biedermeier Walnut Writing Desk
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The design of this Biedermeier walnut desk shows the influence of Austrian furniture designer Josef Danhauser (1780-1829), the most prominent furniture designer of the time. The desk...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

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

Factory Second Oakwood MiMi Desk White by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This listing is for a factory-second MiMi desk or table. The item is deemed factory-second because it shows slight unevenness on the tabletop color (see images 2, 3, and 4). All ligh...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Plywood, Birch

Rosewood and Mahogany Receptionist Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This spectacular fully restored and sought-after model #452 'Roll Top' desk was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar and features beautifully grained Rosewood and Ebonized Mahogany,...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Custom Sit/Stand "Essentials Desk" with Solid Wood Top and Metal Base, Large
Located in Vancouver, B.C.
Break up long periods of sitting at a desk and improve your productivity by switching to standing. The height adjustable Essentials Desk gives you the freedom to do both. The desks h...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Desk by Svend Madsen for Hp Hansen
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here's an exclusive Scandinavian Modern executive desk in Brazilian rosewood designed by Svend Madsen and manufactured by HP Hansen in Denmark in the 1960s. This beautiful desk featu...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Custom Sit/Stand "Essentials Desk" with Solid Wood Top and Metal Base, Medium
Located in Vancouver, B.C.
Break up long periods of sitting at a desk and improve your productivity by switching to standing. The height adjustable Essentials Desk gives you the freedom to do both. The desks h...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Custom Sit/Stand "Essentials Desk" with Solid Wood Top and Metal Base, Small
Located in Vancouver, B.C.
Break up long periods of sitting at a desk and improve your productivity by switching to standing. The height adjustable Essentials Desk gives you the freedom to do both. The desks h...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Luxurious Mahogany and Green Tooled Leather Writing Desk with Brass Decoration
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A stunning mahogany bureau plat writing desk that has inset brass ends and a brass molding surround having five drawers, each with brass string inlay and hardware. The reverse side o...
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1950s North American Louis XV Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

PH Office Desk, Chrome, Mahogany Venee, Red Satin Matt, Solid Wood Edges
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bold and colorful, this desk will add style and character too your working day. Poul Henningsen designed this masterpiece in 1935. A harmony of striking aesthetics and practicality, ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

PH Office Desk, Chrome, Black Painted Polished, Leather on Panles, Satin Matt
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bold and colorful, this desk will add style and character too your working day. Poul Henningsen designed this masterpiece in 1935. A harmony of striking aesthetics and practicality, ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

PH Office Desk, Chrome, Natural Oak Veneer, Green Satin Matt, Plywood Edges
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bold and colorful, this desk will add style and character too your working day. Poul Henningsen designed this masterpiece in 1935. A harmony of striking aesthetics and practicality, ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

November Light table in ash by Louise Campbell
Located in Fiskars, FI
The light drawing table fits into hotel rooms, shops, homes and offices among others. Its drawer, as well as the whole table, is made following the old table making traditions of the...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

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 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 vintage 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.