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PH Office Desk, Chrome, Red Painted Polished, Satin Matt Drawers, Green Leather
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

Italian Postmodern Round Rolling Writing Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This round Postmodern writing desk is on casters for easy mobility and transportation. The half-moon seat of the desk is attached to the half-moon table top to create a complete circ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Gianfranco Frattini for Bernini Cabinet with Desk Model 804 in Black
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gianfranco Frattini for Bernini, cabinet with desk model 804, lacquered wood, glass, suede, metal, Italy, 1960s This black cabinet with integrated desk is designed by Gianfranco Fra...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Suede, Wood

Italian Midcentury Writing Desk with Retractable Shelf by Antonio Gorgone, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
This Italian stunning and unusual writing desk has been well designed by Antonio Gorgone in the 1950s. It has a very solid structure and its small size makes it easily adaptable to ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Piero Portaluppi 1940s Double Cross Desk in Wood
Located in Milan, IT
Piero Portaluppi 1940s double cross desk in wood. Provenance Villino Chiaia, Milan, Italy.
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1940s Italian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Resin, Wood

Graphic Table/Desk Black Rainbow Hitan Wood and Laminates by Chapel Petrassi
Located in Le Perreux-sur-Marne, FR
Hitan is a multifunctional table entirely covered by graphic and abstract motives that are endlessly repeated. Its minimalist structure includes a rectangular tray supported by four...
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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

Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Located in Dallas, TX
An early oak desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller.
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1960s Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Writing Table by Deborah Ehrlich
Located in Accord, NY
Deborah Ehrlich's simple writing table is handmade with traditional joinery by an incredibly talented master craftsman in RI. The delicate proportions are a nod to the elegance of...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash, Hickory, Oak

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

Desk by Herbert Hirche, circa 1967
Located in Brussels, BE
Wonderfull minimalist desk By Herbert Hirche, manufactured by Christian Holzäpfel in 1967. Original condition. Born in Görlitz Herbert Hirche moved to Berlin to study at the reno...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

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

Grey Washed Oak Ojai Desk by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Ojai desk has four drawers and features solid American walnut or white oak trestle legs. The drawer handles are made of solid carved wood. Shown here in oiled oak. Available fini...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

"Ruby Tuesday" Desk, Walnut and Metal by Ivan Paradisi
Located in Turin, IT
Particularity doesn't mean complexity or overloading with details. A particularity is about being different. In Ruby Tuesday Ivan Paradisi paid tribute to Nature having implemented t...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

19th Century French Oak Office Library Desk Sofa Table Barley Twist Louis XIII
Located in Shreveport, LA
19th century French oak office library desk sofa table barley twist Louis XIII ~Direct from France~ ~Lovely antique French writing desk, versatile for so many uses; in addition t...
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19th Century French Louis XIII Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Art Deco French Walnut Root Veneer Desk
Located in Porto, PT
Art Deco French walnut root and walnut veneer desk.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Louis XV Style French Carved Walnut Drop Front Secretary Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Louis XV style carved oak drop front secretary bureau or writing desk, when opened revealing a fitted desk interior with four drawers and a large writing area held by two pull out su...
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1950s French Louis XV Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Contemporary beauty desk, makeup table, jewel case, mirror. Lacquered oak, brass
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Beauty desk with simple lines and sophisticated details. Vivian is ideal for intimate environments such as a boutique-hotel or a private residence. A brass box contains two jewel box...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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

"Heavy Traffic" Desk, Walnut and Maple by Ivan Paradisi
Located in Turin, IT
The dense idea of a city, with roads, smog, but also the intense presence of people all living together is What Ivan Paradisi wanted to achieve with this piece, the concept is based ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Walnut

Aircraft Wing Desk in Riveted Polished Aluminium
Located in Paris, FR
Desk Aircraft Wing with riveted polished aluminium. - With worktop adjustable in inclination from 0 ° to 30 ° (for work on laptop or paper files), with the foot type "landing g...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel

17th Cent. Portugese Chip Carved Desk, w. Portraits of Royalty on top and sides
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare and unusual console table or desk from the17th Century. Portuguese, chip carved. Beautiful carved medallions of noble women and men on top as well as on the outside of both t...
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Late 17th Century Portuguese Baroque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Pine

Unusual Early 20th Century French Thuya Wood Metamorphic Writing Table
Located in Benington, Herts
A very elegant and stylish thuya wood metamorphic writing table with bone stringing and tulipwood crossbanding. French, circa 1910-1920. Inspired by the late 18th century neoc...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Tulipwood

Carl Malmsten for SMF, Swedish Birch, Rosewood & Marquetry Writing/Dining Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
During the 1920s, the era of the Art Deco and the “Swedish Grace Period” styles, SMF (Svenska Mobelfabrikerna, Bodafors) was one of the largest and most successful workshops in Swede...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Rosewood

Bridges over Time Originals Custom Orange Desk
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A beautiful custom orange and chrome banded desk with three drawers. It is finished on the back as well. It is approximately 57.75 by 27.75 inches in dimension and approximately 30.2...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

French Louis XV Period Walnut 1-Drawer Table, Carved Apron, Mid-18th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Having a rectangular top with rounded corners and molded edge, the shaped apron with a carved molded edge, raised on flared and tapering legs ending in raised hoof feet.
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Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Modern Dining Room Table Solid Oak, Contemporary Nathan Lindberg Pedestal D
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful contemporary Nathan Lindberg table, heavyweight. This piece can be used as a dining table for 6-12 persons (depends on the size) or as a conference table, or even a large f...
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2010s German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

Antique European Oval Table in Pine, Danish or German, circa 1900
Located in Miami, FL
A Danish or North German oval table in scrubbed pine with a traditional wax finish that showcases the light honey-color of the wood. Oval top rests on an apron over four turned legs ...
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Early 20th Century Danish Country Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Birch Desk "Sara" Designed by Axel-Einar Hjorth for Nordiska Kompaniet, 1930
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant functionalist desk “Sara” by Axel Einar Hjort, with clean lines. Made from birch with lively woodgrain. Black stripes along the legs and around the tabletop accentuate the si...
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Aksel Bender Madsen & Ejner Larsen Desk by Næstved Møbelfabrik in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare desk designed by Aksel Bender Madsen & Ejner Larsen. Produced by Næstved Møbelfabrik in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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

Timeless 1960s Inspired JFK Desk in Black Ash
Located in Copenhagen, DK
With its pure and simplistic design the 1960s inspired JFK Desk is designed for the stylish home office. The desk has a slim table top of ash veneer with three inbuilt drawers and st...
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2010s Slovenian Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

French 19th Century Louis XVI Leather Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This French 1880s Louis XVI desk is handcrafted of mahogany wood stained a dark ebonized color with a beautiful newly lacquered finish. The top of the desk features original embossed...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Danish Modern "Flip-Top" Executive Walnut Desk by Peter Løvig Nielsen
Located in Burbank, CA
An exceptional Danish modern "Flip-Top" executive walnut desk designed and manufactured by Peter Løvig Nielsen in Denmark. This fabulous desk stands out for its particular design, in...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

20th Century Pierre Colleu Pluto Desk or Low Table for Disney by Starform
Located in Turin, IT
Children's desk or low table with compartment for accessories in the shape of Pluto by Pierre Colleu for Starform from the 1980s. Very nice inspiration for a pop living room. Good c...
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1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Plastic

"Gran Torino" Desk, Brown Walnut and Maple by Ivan Paradisi
Located in Turin, IT
Designed as an elegant and functional desk, "Gran Torino" it is named after the city of Turin, a place rich of culture and history with numerous art galleries and center of the Itali...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Maple, Walnut

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

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

Pure Minimalist Travertine console table by Amee Allsop, AA113
Located in East Hampton, NY
This table is part of the 'Pure Minimalist' collection by Amee Allsop. It is a simple yet architectural design with a focus on the material and form. It is elegantly constructed of 3...
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2010s American Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine

Italian Writing Desk Table, Venice, 17th Century, Venetian Walnut Wood Inlay
Located in Varmo, IT
Writing desk - table in solid walnut, veneered with carob wood and inlaid with soft woods, Venice, late 17th century. Decoration motifs depicting: "Parrot and plant decorations". ...
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Late 17th Century Italian Louis XIV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1930s Art Deco Flat Desk, One-Drawer, Beech, Walnut, Japanese Inspired, Italy
Located in Girona, ES
Art Deco flat desk with one-drawer, beech structure with walnut veneer. Japanese inspired base with a solid walnut undulant moulding as the encircled base of top and drawer, French p...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech, Walnut

New Tendency Masa Table with Iridescent Glass Top & Brass Base
Located in Vancouver, BC
Masa is a table suitable for the office or home. The positioning of the signature forked legs provide optimal legroom and maximize functionality – easily dismantled, the base can be ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Bauhaus Large Desk in Wood and Tubular Metal, circa 1930
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bauhaus desk designed by unknown designer, circa 1930. Manufactured in Netherlands. Tubular structure, wood. This desk is made of a metal tubular structure and wood, all manufac...
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1930s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

J1 Blackened Steel Executive Desk
Located in New York, NY
The hot rolled J Desk is New York sleek. She's hot and cool, smooth and effortless. Dark, but transparent about it. Hides nothing, elevating your home character. Featuring remova...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Indonesian 20th Century Table with Dark Brown Patina and H-Form Stretcher
Located in Yonkers, NY
An Indonesian table from the 20th century, with dark patina and H-Form cross stretcher. Created in Indonesia during the 20th century, this dining room table could be also used as a d...
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20th Century Indonesian Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror, Black and Red
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Fine Restored Hamptons Burr Walnut Cushion Drawer Brown Leather Partner Desk
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very fine fully restored Hamptons of Kensington Burr Walnut twin pedestal partner desk with hand dyed brown leather top What a desk….. thes...
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20th Century British Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Maison Dominique Domin, Genevriére Art Deco Veneer Writing Desk or Vanity Table
Located in Firenze, IT
Exceptionally rare executive corner writing desk or vanity table branded Dominique, Paris. This beyond beautiful Art Deco period French writing table by Maison Dominique was designe...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Lalita Luxury Two Colours Fabric Effect Wooden Desk Made in Italy
Located in Milano, IT
Wooden desk with fabric-effect wood. Two drawers with soft- close slides. Precision calibrated metal handles with wood insert. Laser-cut interlocking tubular structure in metal and l...
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

19th Century Swedish Writing Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century painted wood desk with strong patina. Made in Sweden circa 19th century.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Voysey Style of Arts & Crafts Oak Dining Table with Dove Cut-Outs below the Top
Located in London, GB
C F A Voysey in the style of. An Arts & Crafts oak dining or library table with four stylized floral cut-outs flanked by dove cut-outs to each corner to the angled apron underneath ...
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Early 1900s English Arts and Crafts Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Franco Albini Table 840 Stadera Wood and Steel by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Franco Albini in 1954. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This table/writing desk, designed by Franco Albini consists of two trapezoidal planes, one smaller than...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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

Vintage Pair of Lucite DNA Spiral Helix Dining Table or Desk Bases
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage pair of spiral Lucite dining table or desk bases.
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Lucite

Arne Hovmand-Olsen Teak Boomerang Desk
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Arne Hovmand-Olsen teak, brass and lacquered desk, circa early 1960s. This sculptural example has three drawers with inset round teak pulls on the front, sliding ebonized door and ad...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Swedish Rococo Period Writing Table
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Rare mid-18th century Swedish writing table, circa 1760. This pretty table offers a shaped top over three drawers which are supported by gently sweeping cabriole legs.  Exhibit...
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1760s Swedish Rococo Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

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.