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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Desk Model 202 Designed by Börge Mogensen for Söborg Möbelfabrik, Denmark, 1953
Located in Stockholm, SE
Teak and chromed steel. Measures: H: 71.5 cm/ 2' 4 5/8" L: 165 cm/ 5' 5 1/2" D: 80 cm/ 2' 8".
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Antique French Louis XV Style Ladies Writing Table or Small Desk
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French petite writing table, or ladies desk, in the style of Louis XV with one drawer. Beautifully sculpted cabriole legs, add to our French antique writing table’s elegance....
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1830s French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Italian Smaller-Sized Table or Writing Desk w/Shapely Hourglass Legs, 19th C.
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian small sized table, or writing desk, from the 19th century. This antique table from Italy features a rectangular-shaped top overhanging an apron fitted with a single drawer...
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19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Teak Desk by Severin Hansen for Haslevs Møbelfabrik, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking teak desk by Severin Hansen. Great proportions and Severin Hansen’s characteristic diagonal, seamless joinery at the corners. Four drawers with a brass key.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

French Louis XV Black Lacquer Bronze Figural Ormolu Bureau Plat Writing Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Louis XV ebonized black lacquer bronze figural Ormolu Bureau plat writing desk. Item features faux 3 drawer finished back (image 10), ornate bronze ormolu, bronze paw feet, 3 ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Nanna Ditzel & Jorgen Ditzel Rosewood Four Drawer Desk, Denmark 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Nanna & Jorgen Ditzel are responsible for some of the most innovative Scandinavian mid-century designs. This desk is a fine example, simple in it's design and incredibly functional w...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Classic 1950s Heywood Wakefield Desk, Wheat Finish
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning 1950s Heywood Wakefield desk, Classic Mid-Century Modern design, wheat finish, beautiful original condition, solid birch wood construction, generous storage, left file drawe...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Original Thomas Chippendale George III Mahogany Architect's Work Desk Table
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very rare original Thomas Chippendale George III circa 1780 Architects writing table or desk A very fine, highly collectable and rare piece...
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1780s English George III Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Iconoclast Solid Wood Pedestal Dining Table by Izm Design
Located in Edmonton, Alberta
This iconic pedestal dining table can be made rectangle or round and is 100% solid hardwood. It's angular base allows for myriad chair placement while and providing maximum stability...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

SUPERMETAL Table Designed by Chiara Ferrari
Located in New York, NY
The supermetal table, taking its name by the solely use of metal, is inspired by the lightness of energy infrastructures. The table features a thin, single-sheet powder coated metal...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

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

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Oak, Plywood, Beech

Supernova, Recycled Cast Aluminum Black Trestles & Glass Desk 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

Desk with Drawers, Mid Century Modern Wood Copper / by Brazilian Atelier BAM
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawer is a study upon Mid Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design, this furniture piece...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Mid-Century Modern Teak Folding Table, Smart Desk, 1960s
Located in Gemmerich, DE
Mid-Century Modern folding dining table, desk in teak. From 20 cm to 148 cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Prouve Inspired Modernist Writing Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Charming modernist writing desk with floating teak top for Marko. Lightly refinished with teak floating side drawer and 2 tiered storage shelf on black enameled metal frame. In good ...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Very Fine 19th Century French Bureau Plat by Paul Sormani
Located in Dallas, TX
A very fine 19th century French Louis XV -XVI transitional kingwood and gilt bronze mounted bureau plat by Paul Sormani. Original leather top. Very fine craftmanship and details.
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Nº192 Escritoire by Avoirdupois, a Wood and Metal Desk with Glass Top
Located in New York, NY
The Nº192 Escritoire is composed of two triplicating side cabinets made from walnut standing on polished aluminum legs bridged by a glass desk top. Collection Nº1 / Tripartite is the...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Aluminum

Antique Spanish Baroque Lime Wood Writing Table or Desk with Turned Legs
Located in Casteren, NL
This beautiful Spanish Baroque desk or writing table is made of solid lime wood with bold turned legs joined by wrought iron stretchers. It has hand carved decorations across the fr...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Baroque Desks and Writing Tables

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Wrought Iron

Brass and Slate Sculpted Console by Frederic Saulou
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass and slate sculpted console by Frederic Saulou Intègre Console Black Slate, chemical engrave brass Measures: L 150 x W 35 x H 90 cm Limited edition of 12 Signed and number...
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Slate, Brass

17th Century Rectangular Walnut Tuscany Refectory Table
Located in Paris, FR
Refectory table in Tuscan walnut with rectangular top with two drawers in a row. The table is on lovely lyre legs united by a curved wrought iron fitting. There is a key and each...
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17th Century Italian Renaissance Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Rare Karelian Birch Burl and Bronze Desk Attributed to Edward Wormley
Located in Stamford, CT
A rare Karelian birch burl desk. By repute a custom design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Desk rises on X-form bronze base with hand forged curled pulls.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Black Desk Files Drawers, Wood and Metal, Brazilian Mid Century Modern Style
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawers and files (optional) is a study on Mid Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design, ...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Casablanca Brass, Mexican Walnut and Black Leather Desk / Nomade Atelier Design
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
A striking balance between sharp edges and soft leather pocketing is found in the Casablanca desk by contemporary Nomade Atelier ´s Mexican design. Secret compartments for storing sm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1950s Teak and Walnut Writing Desk with Marquetry
Located in Gemmerich, DE
Beautifully designed writing desk in teak and walnut. With a very distinct design this desks every wood surface has been given specific angles such as the tabletop, the unit with dra...
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Mid-20th Century English Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Teak

Cees Braakman EU02 Japanese Series Desk Pastoe, The Netherlands, 1950
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful writing desk model EU02 of the Japanese Series designed by Cees Braakman for Pastoe, The Netherlands, 1965. This minimalistic desk is made of teak wood and has a black lacq...
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

"Symmetric" Console / Desk, Black Walnut, Patina Steel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The "Symmetric" console / desk is a perfectly balanced design of interlocking steel plate joinery and a solid black walnut surface. Customizable to any variation of dimensions, mater...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Metal

American Designer, Organic Desk or Table, Stained Wood, Iron, America, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic or freeform table or writing table or desk. By an unknown designer, 1950s, America. Other designers of the period include George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, Charlotte Pe...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Danish Modern Rosewood Desk
Located in Burbank, CA
Amazing Danish modern rosewood desk manufactured in Denmark, circa 1960s. Features three dovetail drawers and a file drawer where the aesthetic and Minimalist design of the handles i...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Georgian Twin Pedestal Library Desk
Located in Paris, FR
A magnificent stunning and very rare English Georgian desk, room center, leather desktop. In mahogany wood, it is fully inlaid with light-colored wood from fruit trees. The inlay i...
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1860s English Georgian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Doris Oval Double Pedestal Dining Table in Green Marble and Blackened Bronze
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Dining tables with marble tops and multifaceted pedestals in cast bronze, blackened bronze or aluminum. Inspired by Doric columns in archaic architecture, the extruded multi-point ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Breccia Marble, Carrara Marble, Siena Marble, Aluminum, Bronze, ...

Biedermeier Writing Table, Sweden, 1815
Located in New York, NY
A light and lovely desk, originally designed for writing tasks in a 19th century family room. Such cosy rooms often featured sewing corners as well as musical instruments, comfortabl...
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1810s European Biedermeier Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Italian Floating Executive Desk Black and Chrome, Italy, 1970
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Stunning large executive desk by unknown designer or manufacturer, Italy, 1970. This very nice shaped desk has a great and innovative appearance. The top seems to float due to the st...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

French Early 20th Century Bleached Wood Desk with X-Stretcher and Single Drawer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French early 20th century bleached wood desk or table. This antique table from France features an overhanging rectangular-shaped top, a clean apron with single drawer set into its ...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Wood, Wood

Blue Stitched Leather Desk by Jacques Adnet
Located in Bois-Colombes, FR
Blue stitched leather desk by Jacques Adnet Two depths : 70 cm and 100 cm.   
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1970s French Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Iconoclast Solid Wood Pedestal Desk by Izm Design
Located in Edmonton, Alberta
Make a statement with this power desk. The pedestal base allows your chair to be positioned wherever you need with ample leg room. This piece in the main photo is ready to ship, smo...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Art Deco Rosewood Executive Desk, circa 1930
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An imposing French rosewood Art Deco executive desk by Maurice Lafaille, circa 1930, having dual pedestal bases floating on recessed bases.
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1930s European Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Italian Writing Desk with Upper Cabinet, Milan, circa 1730
Located in Milano, IT
Writing desk with upper cabinet Milan, first half of the 18th century Carved walnut partially veneered in olive wood and walnut burl; traces of ebonizing. It measures 66.53 in x ...
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1730s Italian Baroque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Olive, Walnut, Walnut

Cees Braakman Desk with Hairpin Legs and Asymmetrical Design
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Cees Braakman teak writing desk or vanity with chrome hairpin legs and simple chrome drawer pulls. Unique asymmetric design, with small cubby storage area. Lightly refinished, in oth...
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Bespoke Mahogany Neoclassical Style Console or Desk with Marble Top and Drawer
Located in Troy, MI
Custom made neoclassical writing desk / console designed by Keith Irvine - decorator for Jackie Onassis, Rex Harrison, Diana Ross and one of founding partners of Clarence House. Desk...
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1990s North American Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Brass

Black Desk with Drawer, Wood and Metal Legs, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawers is a study on Mid-Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. By Atelier BAM Design. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Very Fine and Important Regency Period Rosewood and Brass Inlayed Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine and important 19th century period Rosewood and brass inlayed desk with lions head pulls.
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

1968 Executive Desk
Located in Hingham, MA
Executive desk formerly belonging to noted architect George M. Notter, (1933–2007) of the Boston firm Anderson Notter Finegold (now known as Finegold Alexander Architects). Current ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Arc Desk by Frampton Co
Located in New York, NY
Organic in form and sleek in finish, the Arc desk is a study of two colors as companions. Its soft curves are accentuated by the two shades of the same tone on the top and the base. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Desks and Writing Tables

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Lacquer

Pair Early 20th C English Ebonised Side Desks with Drawers
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1900s pair of English writing desks with single locking center drawer and newly ebonised finish. Can be used as consoles or side tables. Sold and priced as a pair.
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Early 20th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

French Marcello Desk in Blue Lacquer, Glass, and Brass by Joris Poggioli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This desk in glossy blue lacquer with a glass base, brass accents, and velvet and rosewood drawers is by up-and-coming French designer Joris Poggioli, formerly of Youth Éditions.
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Amorph Astra Desk, Graphite Walnut with Top leather
Located in Gardena, CA
Amorph Astra desk solid ashwood with top leather, Dimension: 60" L x 24" D x 30" H. About Amorph: Working with geometrics and the morphology of forms stands at the core of AMORPH – ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Whitewashed Ash Linderman Wall-Mounted Desk with Leather Wrapped Drawer in Stock
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' Linderman wall-mounted desk is influenced by Mid-Century Modern, Shaker and Asian design, and features a hand-shaped base, leather wrapped pen drawer (shown here...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood, Ash

Whitewashed Ash Linderman Wood Wall-Mounted Desk with Leather Wrapped Drawer
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' Linderman Wall-mounted Desk is influenced by Mid-Century Modern, Shaker and Asian design, and features a hand-shaped base, leather wrapped pen drawer (shown her...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood, Ash

Linderman Wall Mounted Wood Desk in Cerused Oak by New York Heartwoods
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' Linderman wall-mounted desk is influenced by Mid-Century Modern, Shaker, and Asian design, and features hand-shaped bracketed legs, faceted breadboard ends, and ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

French Louis XV Baker Furniture Louis XV Secretary Desk Collector's Edition
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a rare item from Baker furniture. It's a French Louis XV style secretary desk in walnut with a mesh grill set for the doors. The desk measures 89 tall x 47 wide x 21 deep. Th...
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1990s American Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Orange Acrylic Top Desk/ Game Table
Located in East Hampton, NY
This waterfall design all acrylic desk or game table has perfect lines and scale, heavy and perfect for any space. The top is a VIVID orange and the side panels are 2 inches thick cl...
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2010s American Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Acrylic

20th Century Bureau Plat or Writting Table by the Model of Andre Charles Boulle
Located in Berlin, DE
This model was built by Charles Boulle, the most important and historian of Louis XV. Piano white polished veneer on solid beech and oak. Extremely finely chiselled bronze. Slightly...
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20th Century Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Walnut Desk by Gianfranco Frattini, 1956
Located in Berlin, DE
Very elegant writing desk with four drawers and open compartments on both sides. Made of solid walnut wood, handles are made of blackened metal. Height of writing surface 70 cm   ...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Purple Rebar Desk With Glass Top And Macassar Ebony Wood
Located in Toronto, Ontario
The Cleopatra Writing Desk is part of the Rebar series created by artist Troy Smith. Rebar is the steel used in the forming of concrete to give it strength. Rebar is heated with acet...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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

Antique American Pine Flip Top Desk
Located in Livingston, NJ
Antique American pine flip top desk. Beautiful natural patina with many signs of use. Very sturdy and solid. Wonderful storage under the angled writing surface. Beautiful details wit...
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Early 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Macassar Ebony Desk With Gold Leaf And Brass Hardware
Located in Toronto, Ontario
The Shape Shifter Desk is beautifully handcrafted in an Art Deco contemporary style. Brass knobs were individually crafted and polished to a mirror finish. Gold leaf was added to th...
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2010s Canadian Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Antique Burr Walnut Writing Bureau
Located in London, GB
Antique Queen Anne style walnut bureau in excellent condition, with a nice warm color, plenty of character and dating to around the 1930s period. It has a burr walnut top, slope &...
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1930s English Queen Anne Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

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 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.