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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Crystal 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 tab...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Crystal, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Executive Desk 207 by Arne Vodder for Sibast, 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and rare Mid-Century Modern executive desk 207. Design by Arne Vodder for Sibast Denmark. Striking Danish design from the 1960s. Solid teak base with three original drawe...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Minimalist Desk Produced by Sormani c1960
Located in London, GB
Minimalist Desk designed by the architect Antonello Mosca. Produced by Sormani in the 1960s Support base in white painted metal. Top with suspended chest of drawers
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Space Age 'Orix' Writing Desk by Vittorio Parigi & Nani Prina for Molteni c1967
Located in London, GB
Space age moulded ABS acrylic desk, with integrated glass top and functional articulated angle lamp in chrome. In wonderful condition. A few surface scratches to the glass top. The...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Antique Swedish Black Desk in Gustavian Style, Made by Hand in Solid Pine
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish antique desk in gustavian style from around 1820. The desk is made by hand with a frame in solid pine. Black paint with distress and patina. Two drawers with working lock and...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Art Deco desk - France 1930
Located in Girona, ES
Art Deco drawer unit desk, four drawers, wood with oak veneer, resting on an aluminium-covered base. Aluminium handles. Satiny varnish finishing. France circa 1930
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Ernest Igl for Wilhelm Werndl 'Directors' Writing Desk in White Fiberglass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ernest Igl for Wilhelm Werndl, 'Directors' writing desk, fiberglass, Germany, 1970s This design truly resembles the ethos of the seventies – a bright and bold era – featuring the c...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Fiberglass

A George IV Chinese Amboyna Desk
Located in Conwy, GB
The shaped cornice above a fitted bureau-bookcase enclosed behind solid doors, the central desk drawer has a ratcheted writing slope and is flanked by three graduated drawers to each...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Amboyna

19th Century Reading Table, Bedtable, High-Adjustable, England, Victorian c 1870
Located in Greven, DE
Antique bed and reading table England Mahogany Victorian around 1870 Dimensions: height: 76-117 cm, width: 91 cm, depth: 45 cm Description: Four-sided recessed plinth standing on ...
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19th Century English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Touch Me Iron Desk Big, Black
Located in Fermo, FM
Touch me is a monolithic desk. It comes to life from the joining of two sheets of metal, an upper one that gives it its shape, and a lower one that gi...
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Boho Modern Wicker Writing Desk
Located in Trenton, NJ
Step into a world of vintage charm with this stunning wicker writing desk! This exquisite piece, reminiscent of the elegant designs from the 1970s, effortlessly combines functionalit...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Bohemian Desks and Writing Tables

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Wicker, Glass

Flip-Top Teak Desk By Peter Løvig Nielsen, Denmark, 1972
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
Nice Flip-Top desk designed by Peter Løvig Nielsen and often attributed to Jens Quistgaard, this ingenious desk has a shelf that flips, creating a flat work surface. Ideal as a share...
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1970s Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Raymond Loewy desk df 2000
Located in Portland, OR
This Df-2000 desk Designed By Raymond Loewy For Doubinsky Freres is compact, vibrant and sturdy. It has a shelving compartment underneath that can be adjusted in height and a few lar...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Steel

Melting Vanity Table in Cream 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 cream shagreen inlaid surface is fram...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

A Napoleon III Parquetry Pedestal Desk By Guillaume Grohé
Located in Brighton, West Sussex
An Important Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Pedestal Desk, By Guillaume Grohé. France, Circa 1860. Stamped to the top edge of one door 'GROHE FRERES...
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19th Century French Napoleon III Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Royal Italian Writing Desk and Armchair
Located in New Orleans, LA
This Italian carved mahogany writing table is said to have been crafted specifically for use by King Carlo Alberto (Charles Albert of Sardinia, 1798-1849). Both beautiful and functio...
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19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Contemporary workplace or dining table, "Table B" by Konstantin Grcic metal wood
Located in Barcelona, ES
The Table B, which inaugurated the Extrusions Collection in 2009, can reach up to five metres using a simple profile of extruded aluminium. Its apparent simplicity covers a complex t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Italian Writing Desk in Oak with Green Top
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Writing desk, oak, type of plastic, Italy, 1953 An exquisite Italian-crafted office desk commands attention with its captivating form and distinctive material composition. Reflectin...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Oak Barley Twist Desk, England circa 1900
Located in Culver City, CA
England circa 1900 Composed of oak with barley twist stretcher and legs. 70.5”L x 39”d x 30.75”h Ref. DESK497 $ 4,200
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Early 1900s English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Raymond Loewy for Mengel Floating Top Desk
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This a large, modern floating top desk designed by Raymond Loewy for Mengel. It is in very good condition. The work surface is excellent ! It has been re-finished. Knee clearance is ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple

Modern Chiado Console Table, Red Leather, Stone, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Chiado Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Chiado console table honors Lisbon’s historic quarter, cap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Onyx, Marble

Desk BM-66 by Børge Mogensen, Produced by P. Lauritsen & Søn in Denmark No. 2
Located in Hägersten, SE
Desk model BM-66 designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced by P. Lauritsen & Søn in Denmark, ca late 1950s-1960s. Made from teak wood on the table top and drawers. Inside of the drawers...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century French Louis XV Style Ormolu Mounted Writing Desk
Located in London, GB
19th century French Louis XV style ormolu mounted writing desk French, Late 19th Century Height 100cm, width 121cm, depth 66cm Crafted in the late 19th century, this writing desk i...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Antique Spanish Baroque Hand-Carved Walnut & Iron Trestle Desk & Chair 1860
Located in Portland, OR
A fine antique carved walnut Spanish Baroque trestle desk/table and matching chair, circa 1860. The desk is very finely carved in the Baroque/Renaissance taste and comes from the And...
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1860s Spanish Baroque Revival Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

18th Century Louis XV Red Chinoiserie Bureau de Dame Desk By Pierre Migeon
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Dimensions- H: 38 1/4in W: 32 1/2in D: 18in This extremely rare and Important 18th Century Louis XV Red Chinoiserie Bureau de Dame Desk By Pierre Migeon is absolutely breathe takin...
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18th Century French Louis XV Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Ormolu

Mid-Century Rosewood & Stainless Executive Desk, USA, 1960's
Located in Austin, TX
Mid-century rosewood veneer and stainless steel executive desk. Six drawer kneehole desk is constructed of active grain Brazilian rosewood which rests on a mirror polished stainless...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Rosewood/ Leather and Chrome Desk by Ste. Marie and Laurent , Modernist
Located in Buffalo, NY
This sexy slim Ste-Marie and Laurent desk has beautiful rosewood grain and a black leather top. floating on a modern chromed steel cantilever base.. .Beautiful from any angle. Large...
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1960s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

W Desk, Handmade
Located in Melbourne, CA
The design of this desk is unique and spectacular, it would be a great touch of modernity in your home design. It is the result of all my research into wood bending, to create this p...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Plywood, Walnut

Xitle Desk with 2 Drawers
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
The "Xitle" desk is part of ADN Studio´s Volcan Collection. This collection seeks to go back to basics. It is a subtle and refined interpretation of the archetypical modern furniture...
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2010s Mexican Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Desk BM-66 by Børge Mogensen, Produced by P. Lauritsen & Søn in Denmark, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Desk model BM-66 designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced by P. Lauritsen & Søn in Denmark, ca late 1950s-1960s. Made from teak wood on the table top and drawers. Inside of the drawers ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

European Black Rustic Desk
Located in Westwood, NJ
Exquisitely designed to blend elegance with functionality. Crafted from high-quality mahogany wood and finished in our luxurious Batavia Black, this desk is a perfect addition to any...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Rustic Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Writing Desk in Oak with Green Top
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Writing desk, oak, type of plastic, Italy, 1953 An exquisite Italian-crafted office desk commands attention with its captivating form and distinctive material composition. Reflectin...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Plastic, Oak

William Billy Haines Brass Klismos Leg Desk Table in Walnut and Cane circa 1950s
Located in Troy, MI
Remarkable and rare saber leg desk table by Hollywood legend William Billy Haines circa 1950s Walnut and brass construction with single drawer and cane front cabinet supported by Ha...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mastercraft Brass Trilobi Triangular Dining Table Bases in Matte Finish, c 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
One of the hottest items currently with interior designers are these matte brass 'Trilobi' Mastercraft dining table bases, which also work excellent for a desk, and feature a hefty t...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Eliel Saarinen, Desk, Oak, Brass, Leather, Finland, 1919
Located in High Point, NC
An oak, brass and black leather desk designed by Eliel Saarinen for the The Finnish State Railways, Finland, c. 1919. Provenance: Helsinki Central Station.
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1910s Finnish Art Nouveau Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

19th Century Side Table with Frieze Drawer and Baluster Turned Legs
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
An absolutely charming 19th century Baroque style French side table, crafted from walnut and featuring exquisitely baluster turned and tapering legs, and a beautifully curved X-form ...
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19th Century French Baroque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Sleek & Stylish Scandanavian Mid Century Boomerang Desk
Located in Portlaoise, IE
Acquired are delighted to present for sale this stunning original mid century boomerang shaped desk in teak. A stylish and practical desk that is ready for daily use. Storage comes i...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

A Regency ormolu mounted rosewood two drawer writing table
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A Regency ormolu mounted rosewood two drawer writing table in the manner of John McLean and Gillows of Lancaster, the shaped rectangular top inset with tooled blue leather, with two ...
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Børge Mogensen Drop Leaf Desk in Teak for Søborg
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A really special drop-leaf desk by Børge Mogensen for Søborg Mobler, Denmark. This example produced in teak with a stainless steel base and a very rare White laminate drop-leaf. ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Italian Mid-Century Executive Desk with Dattilo by Osvaldo Borsani, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
To your attention this important and remarkable Italian executive Desk of the 1950s, very rare, manufactured by Esposizione Permanente Mobili Cantù (marked) and attributable to the i...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Fully renovated Czechoslovak huge writing desk, 1970´s, Central Europe
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This writing desk was made in the former Czechoslovakia in 1970s . It features two sections with 6 drawers in total. It´s made of beech wood and plywood. The piece is fully restore...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Beech, Plywood

Blue John Table By Royal Marble Works
Located in New Orleans, LA
This monumental table is a rare masterpiece of English furniture, custom-made by the Royal Marble Works for an important titled estate. Its striking design combines stunning Blue Joh...
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19th Century English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Stone, Marble

Giotto Stoppino Set of Desk and Armchair in Yellow Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giotto Stoppino, desk and armchair, lacquered wood, lacquered metal, fabric upholstery, Italy, 1970s Playful combination of a desk and armchair designed by Italian architect Giotto ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

American Drafting Table
Located in New York, NY
Adjustable wood top, cast iron base drafting table. This table adjusts in height from tallest position (42") to lowest (30.5") and the to...
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Early 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Modern Menir Console Table, Calacatta Marble, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Menir Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Menir modern console table draws inspiration from menhir silhouettes, standing as a tribu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Modern Silhueta Console Table Carrara Marble Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Silhueta console, Modern Collection, handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. Inspired by the organic shapes and lean silhouettes, this console adds a modern touch to every li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Belgian Black Marble, Brass

Modern Arco da Augusta Console Calacatta Marble Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Arco da Augusta Console, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by Lisbon's historical arch and as a homage to the Portuguese architecture...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Rare Marzio Cecchi Writing Desk with Sculpted Bronze Base
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marzio Cecchi, writing desk, lacquered wood, lacquered iron, bronze, leather, Italy, 1985 Italian-based designer Marzio Cecchi (1940-1990) designed this remarkable office set that ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Iron

19th Century Fine Biedermeier Ebonized Table. Vienna, c. 1825.
Located in Vienna, AT
Hello, This exceptional Viennese Biedermeier writing table was made circa 1825. Ebonized Biedermeier pieces were mostly made in Vienna, Austria and account for only 1-2 % of all Bie...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Pearwood

Jacques Apricot Orange Console Table in Bird's Eye Maple by Fred&Juul
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Designed with the aim to find the perfect balance between clean lines and warm texture. Consisting of 5 rounded, 50 mm thick slats with bird’s eye maple veneer, the console table is ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Birdseye Maple, Maple

Marc van Rampelberg Freestanding Desk in Solid Iroko
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marc van Rampelberg, freestanding writing desk, iroko, Kenya, 1980s. This solid Iroko freestanding desk is manufactured in Kenya and designed by the Belgian designer Marc van Rampe...
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1980s Kenyan Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

English Red Lacquer Faux Bamboo 19th Century Desk with Gilded Chinoiserie Décor
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English faux bamboo red lacquer desk from the 19th century with gilt Chinoiserie décor and two drawers. Born in England during the 19th century, this exquisite faux bamboo desk fe...
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19th Century English Chinoiserie Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Bamboo

1930s Fabulous Industrial Adjustable Wood Table Hand Crank Metal Base
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Old Adjustable Table 1930s Fabulous Sculptural Industrial Wheeled Wood Table Adjustable Tilt with Hand Crank Metal Base Adjustable height useful as Lectern, Drafting, Music Stand, S...
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1930s Industrial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Italian mid century Desk by Dassi
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
This stunning quality crafted vintage Mid-Century modern Italian desk designed by Vittorio Dassi is truly captivating. Made of the finest Mahogany and zebrano, the handcrafted shella...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

Desk by Luisa and Ico Parisi for MIM Roma, Italy 1950s
Located in Greding, DE
Large executive desk with adjustable drawer elements designed by Luisa and Ico Parisi for mim Roma in the 1950s. The octagonal table top rests on metal legs with veneered panels and ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Daniele Calabi writing desk made in Italy 1950
By Daniele Calabi
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
This fantastic desk table was personally made by Daniele Calabi for his own use in 1950. It's a unique piece with a striking asymmetrical wire frame featuring brass feet and a walnut...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Silvio Cavatorta Writing Desk in Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Silvio Cavatorta desk, mahogany, brass, Italy, design 1948-1949 Beautifully shaped desk in mahogany designed by Silvio Cavatorta in the late 194...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Writing Desk with Marquetry Top in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Writing table, walnut, The Netherlands, 1940s An elegant furniture piece that attests to masterful craftsmanship. Its marquetry top, adorned with a captivating array of various wood...
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1940s Dutch Art Deco 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 furniture in 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 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.

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