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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Gore Vidal's Victorian Walnut and Leather Writing Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Historical six drawer, two sided Victorian writing desk is walnut with a dark green leather top and brass pulls. This desk belonged to American writer and public intellectual, Gore V...
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Late 19th Century Unknown Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Contemporary Dinner / Office Table by Sabine Marcelis, Honey
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Sabine Marcelis’ SOAP Tables are designed with the sound psychology of dining in mind. When people are dining, things they put on the table resonate a muted sound thanks to the natur...
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2010s Dutch Desks and Writing Tables

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Resin

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

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Metal

Osvaldo Borsani Conference Desk Table Tecno, Italy, 1954
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Fantastic large and very early conference desk designed by Osvaldo Borsani and manufactured by Tecno, Italy 1954. This large desk has a sliding table on the left and a drawer unit on...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Modern by Giuseppe Carpanelli Wave Writing Desk in Pama and Sycomore
Located in Desio, IT
Original desk with a curvilinear design. The structure is in essence of Pama and Sycomoro dark frisè. It is equipped with a large drawer and a suspended chest of drawers. The glass s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1950s Knoll & Drake Formica and Walnut Desk
Located in London, GB
Designed and manufactured by Knoll & Drake, this 1950s desk is both practical and timeless. Constructed with metal legs, the desk has a white Formica table top and single walnut w...
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1950s American Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica

Gio Ponti Small Desk Mid-Century Italian Design Laminate Brass Walnut
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Gio Ponti small desk mid-century Italian design laminate brass walnut.
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Bruno Mathsson "Maria Flap" Folding Table in Teakwood, Karl Mathsson, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Wonderful vintage folding table model "Maria Flap" by Bruno Mathsson in teakwood and beech. Made in the 1950s at Karl Mathsson, Sweden. The table is very versatile and can be used in...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech, Teak

English 1820s Mahogany Partners Desk with Leather Top and Twisted Tapering Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English mahogany partners desk from the early 19th century, with leather top, Greek key motifs and twisted legs. Created in England during the first quarter of the 19th century, t...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Ico Parisi Terni Executive Desk Rosewood Mim Roma, Italy, 1958
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Stunning executive desk from the Terni series designed by Luisa and Ico Parisi for MIM Roma, Italy, 1958. This elegant desk is made of beautiful warm grained rosewood with aluminium ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Period 18th Century Swedish Desk
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Period 18th century desk with cabriolet desk and a pair of drawers. This piece features a decorative carved front and an original superb patina.
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18th Century Swedish Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century, Bureau Plat, by Francoise Linke.
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality French kingwood and marquetry, ormolu-mounted Bureau plat, signed Linke. Having three frieze drawers to one side, dummy drawers to the reverse, inset Moroccan leather...
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1890s French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Kingwood

Marguerite Contemporary design Maple Wood Writing Desk by Giordano Viganò
Located in Novedrate, IT
Marguerite is an elegant writing desk made of maple wood with a thin edging in amaranth wood. A pen tray made of amaranth wood is built on the top, closed by a rounded lid. The writ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

In Stock in Los Angeles, Evo White Dining Table, Feruccio Laviani, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. (1.8) In Stock in Los Angeles White Dining table made combining old and modern woodcraft. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Maurice Calka for Leleu-Deshays, "Boomerang" Desk, France, 1970
Located in New York, NY
“Boomerang” desk designed by Maurice Calka for Leleu. Marked: "CREATION M. CALKA EDITION LELEU DESHAYS" This desk was exhibited in the museum show "Leleu 50 ans de mobilier et de d...
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20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Walking Table Handmade Desk or Console Table with Drawers by Laylo Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
Shown in oxidized walnut with two drawers Measures: 72" wide x 30" tall x 21" deep This desk or console table showcases proportion modeled after anatomy. Constructed from solid woo...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Oak, Walnut

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

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Kneehole Desk for Widdicomb
Located in Hingham, MA
American Classical modern kneehole desk designed by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co. in figured walnut with contrasting maple moldings. Original label in center drawer. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Walnut

Guillerme and Chambron Corner Desk in Oak and Granite
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, desk, oak, granite, France, 1960s Corner desk by French designer duo Guillerme and Chambron. This beautiful desk holds the characteristic decorations and li...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite

Polish Aluminum and Pink Granite Formica Desk by Leon Rosen for Pace Collection
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Glamorous 1970’s polish aluminum and faux pink granite Formica top “Mezzaluna” desk by Leon Rosen for Pace Collection. Constructed of solid polished aluminum with an inset faux pin...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Chrome

Modern Organic Live Edge Slab Canopy Table Made from Sustainable Ancient Wood
Located in Papanui, Christchurch
The Canopy table was inspired by a walk through the New Zealand native forest, looking up to the tree canopy observing the tree trunks and branches. Canopy is a design metaphor of t...
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2010s New Zealand Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Reclaimed Wood

Bureau-Plat, Paris, J.-B. Fromageau, c. 1760, Large Writing Desk, French, 18th
Located in Bamberg, DE
Paris, J.-B. Fromageau, c. 1760 Signed with the hallmark Jean-Baptiste Fromageau (born around 1720, active as a master craftsman since 1755). Rosewood and kingwood veneered on oak,...
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1760s French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

George III Mahogany Bow Fronted Writing Table / Sofa Table, English, circa 1800
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A very handsome early 19th century Georgian bow-fronted writing table / sofa table in mahogany, showing a bow-fronted overhanging top above a conforming frieze fitted with three draw...
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Early 19th Century English George III Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

17th Century Painted Italian Trestle Table with Walnut Top
Located in Wichita, KS
Fabulous 17th century Italian trestle dining table with and 18th century walnut top. The legs have original finish. The top is thick walnut planking with wonderful hand hewn qualitie...
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17th Century Italian Baroque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut

Minimal Wabi Sabi Dining Table or Desk with Remains of Original Paint
Located in Jesteburg, DE
Minimal Wabi Sabi dining table or desk with remains of original paint, formerly possibly a work table. The top antique, but not original to the piece.
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Late 19th Century English Industrial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

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

19th Century Empire Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Desk after Jacob-Desmalter
Located in Belgium, BE
Exceptional 19th century Empire style desk after a design from Jacob-Desmalter Made of flamed mahogany supported on the heads of four finely cast gilt bronze female caryatids, and r...
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1870s French Empire Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Odyssey Modern Organic Ancient Wood Live Edge Slab Table, Polished Nickel Base
Located in Papanui, Christchurch
Tréology is about connecting people to nature through functional art. Odyssey was created after a road trip to New Zealand's wild West Coast to observe nature’s craft work. Looking d...
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2010s New Zealand Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Nickel

19th Century German Biedermeier Secretary, Birch Wood, Secret Drawers, 1830
Located in Greven, DE
19th century Small cylinder secretary North Germany Birch wood Biedermeier around 1830 Dimensions: H x W x D: 132 x 108 x 57 cm Description: Rare small Biedermeier secret...
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1830s German Biedermeier Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Charles X Bureau Plat, France, 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Bureau Plat on brass castors with conical legs and brass capitals. The front has four drawers with brass mouldings (one large drawer with compartments on the right) and pull-out surf...
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19th Century French Charles X Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

LC6 Table by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret and Perriand for Cassina
Located in Dronten, NL
LC6 table designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Marked, signed and numbered on the frame, this table has the most desirable crystal textured top. The t...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Crystal, Aluminum

McGuire Rattan Flip-Top Server, Console Table, or Desk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Versatile bamboo rattan console table, server, or writing table desk made by McGuire in the California organic modern style. The table features an expandable flip-top crafted from oa...
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20th Century American Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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

Antique Neoclassical Style Writing Desk with Porcelain Mounts by Donald Ross
Located in London, GB
Antique neoclassical style writing desk with porcelain mounts by Donald Ross English, Late 19th century Dimensions: Height 133cm, width 108cm, depth 61cm This beautiful writing ...
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Late 19th Century English Neoclassical Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

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

Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Partner's Writing Desk
Located in Essex, MA
Early Regency or Late George III mahogany partner's writing desk Circa 1800, oak secondary, rectangular form, top with inset green leather and rounded edge, the case with two cock...
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Classic by Carpanelli Zebrano Writing Desk
Located in Desio, IT
The structure of this elegant writing desk is solid wood plated with cherry-wood, zebrano, briar-wood, rosewood and palisander. In the cylindrical body there are 4 wide drawers with ...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Bureau-Plat, Paris 1785, Lebesque, 18th Century Writing Desk, French, Signed
Located in Bamberg, DE
Paris, C. Lebesgue, circa 1785. Stamped "IME" and "C. Lebesgue" for Robert-Claude Lebesgue, born 1749, master 1771. Mahogany veneered on oak with fine, linear brass inlays, origin...
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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

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

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

General Study Desk Writing Table in Black and White by Matteo Cibic
Located in Kolkata, IN
General Study Desk Writing Table in Black and White by Matteo Cibic is a formidable study table, which has an extendable writing top, and small details, which is reminiscent of a tra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Resin

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

Isabella Costantini, Italy, Duilio Desk with Polished Brass
Located in Ascoli Piceno, IT
Designed by IC and beautifully crafted by Italian artisans, the Duilio desk features a ribbed drawer and stylish legs. The brass, or powder coated metal, details and stunning design ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Matte Stainless Steel Decorative Engraving Top Side Ebony Macassar Front Drawers
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Two-Drawers Table Ebony Veneer Frame Solid Timber Plywood Caps at Feet Vetrite
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Ebony, Plywood

Drafting Table and Caddy in Blackened Steel and Smoked Glass by Force/Collide
Located in Seattle, WA
This ultra modern drafting table and utility cart set features a satin black oxide steel framework with a tempered gray glass inlay. An uninterrupted, flush work surface that pivots ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Cut Steel, Sheet Metal, Metal, Bronze, Steel

Pivoting Drafting Table in Blackened Steel and Smoked Glass by Force/Collide
Located in Seattle, WA
This ultra modern drafting table features a satin black oxide steel framework with a tempered gray glass inlay. An uninterrupted work surface that pivots between 0 and 40 degrees eli...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Bronze, Steel, Cut Steel, Iron

Maple wood coffee table with crystal and gem inlay
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Coffee table, center table or desk in Hard Maple with crystal and gemstone inlay. Stones: sunstone, copper, pyrite, rubellite, citrine, ruby, star-ruby. Custom work on Danna Weiss st...
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2010s American Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Stone, Crystal, Pyrite, Multi-gemstone, Rock Crystal, Brass

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, ...

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

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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Plywood, Beech, Oak

Oak Wood MiMi Console Table White 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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Oak, Plywood, Beech

Mid Century Drafting Table with Inlay Top
Located in Port Jervis, NY
A decorative drafting table with dimensions of: 28 x 17.75 top. Min. hgt. of 29 with a max of 44, to the bottom of the tabletop. Made out of oak and walnut with a nice banding along ...
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1950s American Industrial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

Bernhard Rohne Acid Etched Brass and Glass Dining Table for Mastercraft
Located in Saint Louis, MO
A one of a kind Brutalist style Mastercraft dining table by Artist Bernhard Rohne features acid etched brass panels set into an ebonized wood table frame with brass piping and glass ...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Antique Louis XVI Style Leather Top Desk
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Antique Louis XVI style tulip wood desk with a tooled leather top and a brass gallery, late 19th century.
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Late 19th Century European Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mahogany and Burgundy Leather Top Vintage Desk
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1960s mahogany and burgundy tooled leather top vintage desk in the Regency style by ABC Carpet and home with tri-lobe cookie corners and three drawers. The piece also features ...
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1960s English Regency Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Unique Large 40's Pierre Pouradier Duteil Desk in Blackened Wood Modernist, 1940
Located in Lyon, FR
Large modernist two-seater desk from the 1940s by Grenoble architect Pierre Pouradier Duteil. Structure in solid oak wood stained in black and two burr-wood desk legs in lemon tree. ...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

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.