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Ico Parisi Mahogany Executive Office Desk by MIM Italy, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
Ico Parisi mahogany executive office desk by MIM Italy, 1950s in its original vintage condition with a beautiful patina.  
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Spazio Modernista Desk by Studio BBPR, Italy, 1959
Located in Culver City, CA
Spazio Modernista desk by Studio BBPR, Italy, 1959 Painted metal in original finish with laminated wood writing surface. Produced by Olivetti. Measures: 62.75” W x 31.25” D x 3...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Desk in the Manner of Gio Ponti, Italy, circa 1950s
Located in New York City, NY
Exquisite mid-century desk in the manner of Gio Ponti, Italy, circa 1950s. Stunning and inventive design consists of two drawers with fantastic cut-out handles, open shelf, bowed...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Italian Writing Desk from 1900 in Original Tuscan Walnut with Two Drawers
Located in Buggiano, IT
Italian writing desk from 1900 in original Tuscan walnut with two drawers.
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Early 1900s Italian Rustic Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Italian Midcentury Executive Desk in Mahogany, 1960s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Large and stylish executive Italian desk from 1960s production with veneer cover in mahogany, inspired by the style of Gio Ponti. The architect's desk has a solid and heavy steel bas...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Gilles Bouchez for Airborne Desk with a Drawer in Glass and Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gilles Bouchez for Airborne, desk, glass, steel, France, 1960s This clean and sleek postmodern desk is designed by the architect Gilles Bouchez. Gilles Bouchez (1940-) is a French...
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1960s French Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Walnut Orange 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 Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Plywood, Birch

Regency Style Rosewood and Bronze Campaign Desk
Located in Stamford, CT
Classic rosewood Campaign desk in the English Regency style. With bronze legs and stretcher, the legs ending in paw feet. This handsome, beautifully designed desk is simple elegance....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

French Louis XV Style Kingwood Veneer Desk with Leather Top and Brass Hardware
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV style 19th century kingwood inlaid veneer desk with inset brown leather top with gilt embossed edge design with a brass top border and brass fluted trim legs and feet.
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19th Century Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Art Deco French Macassar Desk
Located in Houston, TX
The top of the desk has curvilinear shape. It attached to the spacious drawers on both sides. On the right here is one big drawer with a small round handle, on the left there is four...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Secrétaire Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The secrétaire desk is the perfect functional working unit. The flap top opens up into a desk with several compartments, inlaid in shagreen and wood veneer, to store items and once c...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

French LXV Walnut & Leather Top 1-Drawer Writing Table, 3rd Quarter 18th Cen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Constructed of solid walnut and having a rectangular top with rounded edges, the interior of the top with an inlaid green leather writing surface bordered in a stenciled leather band...
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1760s French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Rare Paul McCobb Drop Lid Desk Cabinet
Located in Miami, FL
Amazing Mid-Century Modern maple and brass secretary or bar cabinet, designed by Paul McCobb for Planner Group and manufactured by Winchendon Furniture in the early 1950s. The set in...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron, Brass

Monumental Executive Walnut Desk by Monteverdi Young
Located in Burbank, CA
Monumental vintage executive walnut desk designer by Maurice Bailey for Monteverdi Young in United States, circa 1960s. This desk has an innovative design where the peculiar shape of...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

"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

Claude Gaillard and Henri Lesetre, Desk and Mobile Pedestal Set, France, 1970
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Claude Gaillard and Henri Lesetre, executive desk and its mobile pedestal in rosewood and brushed metal. Equipped with two drawers on the left side, a drawer on the right side and a ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Asymmetrical Executive Desk after Wendell Castle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern asymmetrical executive desk after Wendell Castle.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Contemporary Trestle Table "Work" in Solid White Oak by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Introduced in 2016, WORK table is a contemporary take on the traditional working tables used by artists and designers for centuries. The table has height adjustable trestles made of...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

English Midcentury Faux Bamboo Walnut Desk with Two Drawers and Cross Stretcher
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English vintage faux bamboo walnut desk from the mid 20th century, with two drawers and cross stretcher. Created in England during the midcentury period, this walnut desk features...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Bamboo, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Surfboard Walnut Executive Desk
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century surfboard walnut executive desk. Desk measures: 96 wide x 42 deep x 29.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage co...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Large Bespoke Study Desk with Linoleum Top and Drawer, Customizable
By &New
Located in Leicester, GB
This large beetroot color study desk is made with a powder coated steel frame and a beautiful natural linoleum top made out of linseed oil. This modern minimal desk has two steel dra...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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

Amorph Astra Desk, Stainless Steel Finish
Located in Gardena, CA
Amorph Astra desk solid Wood with metal finish, 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, a...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Gianfranco Frattini Model 804 Rolltop Desk Bernini, Italy, 1962
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare and unusual roll-top desk model 804 designed by Gianfranco Frattini and manufactured by Bernini, Italy 1964. The desk is made of rosewood veneer and has a very nice shape. This ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Rosewood Secretaire by Torbjørn Afdal for Nesjestranda, Norway, 1960s
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare secretaire designed by Torbjørn Afdal. Produced by Nesjestranda Møbelfabrikk during the 1960s. Made from rosewood with solid wood in the legs and the drawers. The drawers made w...
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1960s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

English Edwardian Style Turned Leg Pine Writing Table Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rustic pine writing table or desk featuring thick turned legs. Made in the English Edwardian taste with a two drawer case. Finished in a dark stain on the pine. Ample leg room measur...
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20th Century American Edwardian Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

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 capture light. This modern and...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech, Oak, Plywood

Danish Writing Desk with Drawers in Wengé
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Writing desk with drawers, wengé, metal, Denmark, 1950s. This fully restored small writing desk in expressive wengé is strong in its execution and modest in its design. The desk i...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Peizi Desk in Solid Walnut by Bowen Liu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Peizi desk is designed for the contemporary-style office or home office. The tabletop is large enough to spread out all your ideas and materials. We intend to create a large and shal...
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2010s American Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

'VIDEO' 18th Century Louis XVI Secretaire, Walnut, Southern Germany, circa 1780
Located in Greven, DE
Louis XVI cylinder bureau South Germany Walnut etc. Louis XVI, around 1780 Dimensions: H x W x D: 114 x 125 x 61 cm Writing furniture standing on typical classicist pointe...
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Late 18th Century German Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Jules Wabbes Desk with Drawers in Mutenyé and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jules Wabbes, writing desk, mutenyé, nickel-plated metal, Belgium, 1957 Beautifully designed desk by one of Belgium's most renowned designers Jules Wabbes. This piece is made for ...
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1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

19th Century Bronze Mounted Tulipwood and Rosewood Crossbanded Bureau Plat
Located in Cheshire, GB
19th century bronze-mounted tulipwood and rosewood crossbanded bureau plat, the shaped top with gilt bronze border and tooled black leather inset writing surface above three frieze d...
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19th Century British Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Walnut wood coffee table with crystal and gemstone inlay
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Coffee, cocktail, center table or desk in Claro Walnut with crystal and gemstone inlay. A three leg lucite base is now in place similar to other items shown in Danna Weiss store. Cus...
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2010s American Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Crystal, Stone, Crystal, Multi-gemstone, Malachite, Opal, Rock Crystal, ...

Freestanding Midcentury Desk in Teak, Made in Denmark, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Freestanding desk in teak, designed and made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Mastercraft Brass 'Trilobi' Triangular Dining Table or Desk Bases, circa 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
One of the hottest items currently with interior designers are these gleaming brass 'Trilobi' Mastercraft dining table bases, which also work excellent for a desk, feature a hefty tr...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

18th Century Swedish Rococo Period Secretary with Library
Located in Wichita, KS
A Swedish Rococo period slant-front secretary from the 18th century in two parts with original bronze hardware. The slant-front opens to reveal 9 small drawers and a centre pigeon ho...
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18th Century Swedish Rococo Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Paint

19th Century Chippendale Burl Walnut Partner's Writing Desk
Located in Brentwood, TN
19th century Chippendale burl walnut partners writing desk This desk has functional drawers on both sides, a true partner's desk. This desk is made of walnut and has oak-lined drawe...
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Mid-19th Century English Chippendale Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl, Walnut

Ebonized Wood All Black MiMi Desk by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The faceted geometry of the MiMi desk creates a slender, elegant profile and captures light differently depending on the orientation. This modern and graceful design returns contempo...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Birch, Plywood

French Maison Jansen Style Steel and Bronze Table with Glass Top
Located in Houston, TX
French Maison Jansen style steel and bronze table, circa 1970. New glass top.
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1970s French Neoclassical Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Steel

Teak Vintage Side Table / Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
An unusual and stylish side table in teak with an ebonised metal base and pull out writing slide. This was made in England, it dates from the 1960’s. It is a great size and beauti...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

19th French Provincial Writing Desk, Embossed Leather Top, Shield Escutcheons
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th French Provincial writing desk with embossed leather top, shield escutcheons, two drawers. Measures: 52" W x 31.5" D x 28.25" T. Apron: 16.25" W x 24" T.
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19th Century French French Provincial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Italian 1800s Baroque Style Table with Drawers, Lyre Base and Iron Stretcher
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian Baroque style wooden table from the early 19th century, with drawers, lyre shaped base and wrought-iron stretcher. Created in Italy during the early years of the 19th cent...
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Early 19th Century Italian Baroque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wrought Iron

Little Shanghai Desk in Olive Wood and Black Sycamore Silver Painted Leg
Located in SENLIS, OISE
Little Shanghai desk in olive wood and black sycamore silver painted leg. There are two drawers on each side. The and sides are in olive and black sycamore marquetry. This desk can ...
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

21th Century Desk Wight Ebony and Black Leather with Metal Leg by Aymeric Lefort
Located in SENLIS, OISE
A semi-circular black lacquered metal legged desk with a white ebony veneer top and black leather desk blotter. The top of the back legs ends with a LED light. Information about the...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Shanghai Desk in Ziricotte Wood, Leather Top and Silver Patined Leg
Located in SENLIS, OISE
Shanghai desk in Ziricotte wood, leather top and silver patined leg. The inside is made in Sycomore. Information about the covid 19. At this point, the workshop has anticipated th...
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

21st Century Table by Ugo Nespolo for De Rosso HPL Laminate
Located in Farra di Soligo, IT
DE Rosso - Limited Edition The concept of drawing textures like febo New Orleans 6119 is actually part of the idea to "recreate a world" rich and dynamic made of visual elements t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Laminate

Desk by Giuseppe Pagano in Brass and Wood, Restored 1940s
Located in Milano, IT
Imposing desk by Giuseppe Pagano, 1940. Scrivania designed for the Bocconi University in Milan Wood. Execution Maggioni, Varedo, ca. 1940. We notice two types of essences for its rea...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Iconic Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The iconic desk is the perfect piece for your room. An incredible “duo” between the cream shagreen top and dark bronze-patina brass base. The inlay work on the legs makes this classi...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Iconic Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bright Brass by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The iconic desk is the perfect piece for your room. An incredible “duo” between the cream shagreen top and bright bronze-patina brass base. The inlay work on the legs makes this Clas...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Backgammon Game Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by Kifu Paris
Located in New York, NY
The dandy writing game desk is the ultimate luxury piece of furniture. With multiple compartments and purposes, one can use this piece as a work surface or convert this into a backga...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Melting Vanity Table in Blue 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 blue shagreen inlaid surface is framed with an irregular surface bronze-p...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Stacked Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The stacked writing desk is a statement piece for any living space with its irregular stacked drawers in cream shagreen. The mixture of geometry within the Classic silhouette is the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Shagreen Stingray

Secrétaire Desk in Black Shagreen and Palmwood by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The secrétaire desk is the perfect functional working unit. The flap top opens up into a desk with several compartments, inlaid in black shagreen and wood veneer, to store items and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Shagreen Stingray, Palmwood

"Melting" Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The melting writing desk's simple but elegant design, makes for an adaptable neutral piece of furniture. The cream shagreen top is framed with an irregular surface bronze-patina bras...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Galaxy Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by Kifu Paris
Located in New York, NY
The Galaxy writing desk in cream shagreen, is a classic and sculptural piece with its beautifully shaped bronze-patina brass legs. This piece has three wood-veneer drawers, add a mir...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Soho Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Soho writing desk is the perfect piece for a living room, bedroom or office space that merges vintage and modern sensibility. Add a mirror and this desk becomes a vanity table. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Double Stacked Writing Desk in Cream Shagreen by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The double stacked writing desk is a statement piece for any living space with its irregular stacked drawers in cream shagreen. The mixture of geometry within the classic silhouette ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Shagreen Stingray

Soho Writing Desk in Black Shagreen and Bronze-Patina Brass by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The Soho Writing Desk is the perfect piece for a living room, bedroom or office space that merges vintage and modern sensibility. Add a mirror and this desk becomes a vanity table. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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.