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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

404 Linear Table, Modern Ash Hardwood, Glass, Aluminum, Dining Table ‘Seats Six’
404 Linear Table, Modern Ash Hardwood, Glass, A...
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Glass, Ash
The 404 linear table has a hand formed base composed of North American Ash with mirror-polished aluminum fittings. Its linear boat-shaped top in tempered glass comfortably seats six....
Ancient Kauri Wood Table or Desk, 50,000 Years Old
Ancient Kauri Wood Table or Desk, 50,000 Years Old
21st Century and Contemporary New Zealand Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Pine
Stunning single piece table or desk with a width of 235 cm. The tabletop is made of massive ancient New Zealand Kauri wood with a verified age of over 50,000 years - see the certific...
Unique Cabinetmakers Console Secretary Desk in Swiss Pearwood
Unique Cabinetmakers Console Secretary Desk in ...
Unknown
Vintage 1980s Swiss Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Very heavy quality and outstanding cabinetmakers made to order piece. Very heavy and well made. Even the four legs are invisible high adjustable. An unique addition to every modern h...
Contemporary m2kr Serendipity Desk in Lacquered Steel , 2017
Contemporary m2kr Serendipity Desk in Lacquered...
Myriam Kuehne-Rauner
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel
The understated contours and refined details give the Serendipity desk extreme elegance. Its functional elements are able to satisfy various needs. Covered by brass stoppers the open...
Minimalist Nathan Lindberg Design Teak and Metal Writing Table Mod. NL40 Black
Minimalist Nathan Lindberg Design Teak and Meta...
Bodil Kjaer, Hans J. Wegner, Nathan Lindberg
2010s German Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal
The Nathan Lindberg desk. Model NL40 in beautiful teak wood and metal base, black edition, with black HPL drawers. Super high quality writing table, freestanding, maple wood inside t...
Stainless Steel and White Lacquered Wood Angled Sculptural Desk
Stainless Steel and White Lacquered Wood Angled...
Unknown
Vintage 1980s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Stainless Steel, Laminate, Wood, Lacquer
This very heavy and monumental fully restored amazing desk is sculptural. It has drawers on the right hand side and one middle desk drawer. Stainless steel wrapping is on the front a...
21st Century Contemporary Steel Frame Macassar Ebony Glass Custom Handmade Desk
21st Century Contemporary Steel Frame Macassar ...
Troy Smith
2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Slag Glass, Macassar
21st Century Contemporary Steel Frame Macassar Ebony Glass Custom Handmade Desk Cleopatra Writing Desk. The Cleopatra Writing Desk is part of the Rebar series created by artist Troy...
Cobra Desk, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2008
Cobra Desk, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2008
Laurie Beckerman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Stainless Steel, Glass
Each cobra, poised as if to lunge, has a mouth that is an open pencil holder, where you can conveniently store all your writing implements. Designed in 2008, Manufactured 2014 Mad...
Black Design Desk by French Designer Charly Bounan
Black Design Desk by French Designer Charly Bounan
Charly Bounan
2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Charly Bounan, is a Parisian designer renowned for its refined creative style and the important eclecticism of its influences. As an art dealer and designer he worked closely wit...
Dish Solid Wood Contemporary Sculptural Carved ...
Grain
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Ash
Taking inspiration from hand-carved African stools, a solid wood tabletop with a sloping underbelly is created with a little help from technology. A CNC router is used to cut away th...
Granite Desk with Drawers by Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor
Late 20th Century American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Granite
Black granite desk, custom designed by iconic California designer Michael Taylor (1927-1986) for the Gil Garfied residence, West Hollywood, California. The desk features two drawers,...
Signed White Lacquered Resin and Glass Dining ...
Unknown
Vintage 1980s Unknown Modern Dining Room Tables
Glass, Resin, Lacquer
The three serene closed eyed female faces hold court on three sides which are met with the fourth side of tendrils of cascading molded hair. This is art, sculpture, theater and drama...
Amuneal's Loft 4 Post Work Suite
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Aluminum, Brass, Steel, Oak
The loft work suite is a modular office system based on Amuneal’s loft shelving system. Posts in blackened steel are coupled with solid brass machined fittings in a champagne finish....
Contemporary Laser Cut Stainless Steel Desk wit...
Meoro, Antonio Papadia
2010s Swiss Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Stainless Steel, Glass
"Scrivania Sculptura" is, as its name suggests, a sculpture desk, both worked and refined, light and robust, with round and sharp lines. Mirror-polished and laser-cut stainless steel...
Phloem Studio Laura Desk, Handmade Modern Secre...
Phloem Studio
2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Hardwood
Phloem Studio Laura desk is a modern contemporary solid wood secretary desk, handmade custom to order for home or office. With a minimal footprint, the table has ample surface for a ...
Promemoria Leather Desk
Promemoria
Early 2000s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Bronze, Leather
This elegant handmade leather-upholstered desk by Promemoria features red-brown leather with contrast stitching all the way around, a bronze base and two drawers with wooden interior...
Amuneal’s Collector's Knife Edge Console
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Console Tables
Brass, Oak
Amuneal’s wall hanging bleached oak console table uses our traditional Collector’s Shelving hardware to support this two-drawer unit with raised knife-edge surround. The scale of the...
Mid-Century Modern Bleached Mahogany Three-Draw...
George Nelson
20th Century American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Mahogany
This beautiful blonde bleached mahogany desk with a tubular metal frame is equipped with a flip down extension. Three left hand drawers with the iconic cupcake handles makes the Geor...
Mid-Century American Modern Black Maple Desk an...
Paul McCobb
20th Century American American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Maple
This beautifully proportioned desk was designed by Paul McCobb in the 1950s. The desk is equipped with a left bank of three drawers with solid brass knobs. Also sporting a pencil d...
Crest Desk by Tretiak Works, Cerused White Oak ...
Nick Tretiak
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Oak
The Crest desk is the newest addition to the Crest collection. The rolling edges make for comfortable writing or computer use. A single drawer with an incorporated pencil tray stores...
Important Rosewood Curved Writing Desk Attribut...
Guglielmo Ulrich
Vintage 1940s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Glass, Rosewood
Rare writing desk attributed to Arch Guglielmo Ulrich aerodynamics line, original curved top with two windows four drawers, original bronze handles shaped mouth rosewood, brass, g...
Berkeley Desk in Customizable Wood, Metal and Size
Wüd Furniture Design
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal
The elegant and timeless Berkeley desk features a solid black walnut desk that sits on a blackened steel base and is finished with custom hand-sculpted blackened steel pulls. The two...
Contemporary Table in Bronze, Slate and Oak Ste...
Made In Ratio
2010s British Modern Dining Room Tables
Bronze, Slate, Oak
The biomorphic forms of the elegant Stellarnova legs are inspired by nature and sand cast in solid bronze with a patinated finish. Designed with a triangulated attachment point, each...
Contemporary Table Trestles in Recycled Alumini...
Made In Ratio
2010s British Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum
The contemporary Supernova is a dynamic, self-levelling trestle cast entirely from recycled aluminium with a toughened glass top. Simple and versatile to orientate, the star-shaped s...

George Executive Desk

By Crump and Kwash
George Executive Desk
Crump and Kwash
2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Concrete, Maple, Oak, Walnut
Solid wood frame / honed concrete top / choice of integral color / cast in pencil line / natural oil finish / soft close pencil drawer Dimensions : 60 W x 30 H x 20 D Wood:...
Contemporary Table in Recycled Aluminium and Gl...
Made In Ratio
2010s British Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Glass
The contemporary Supernova is a dynamic, self-levelling trestle cast entirely from recycled aluminium with a toughened glass top. Simple and versatile to orientate, the star shaped s...
Contemporary Table in Aluminium and Bamboo Ply ...
Made In Ratio
2010s British Modern Dining Room Tables
Aluminum, Bamboo
The biomorphic forms of the elegant Stellarnova legs are inspired by nature and sand cast in recycled aluminium with a powder coated finish. Designed with a triangulated attachment p...
George Modern Concrete Writing Desk
Crump and Kwash
2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Concrete, Walnut
Black walnut frame / honed concrete top / choice of integral color / cast pencil line / natural oil finish Custom Colors and Sizes Available
Hand, Sculpted Desk, Signed by Lukas Friedrich
2010s European Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel
Hand, sculpted desk, signed by Lukas Friedrich Desk “Gloomy Sunday” Measures: 110 x 50 H 76 cm Finish: raw, waxed steel with brass drawer knob Top: dyed and oiled oak veneer (oth...
Butterfly Console Desk, Silvered Glass Coated b...
Sabrina Landini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Console Tables
Art Glass, Bentwood
Butterfly desk, elegant sculpture console, two shelves to store books, vases, glasses, jewels. The glass is a 1970s original antique rose, with Sabrina's silvering. The piece is one ...
Arco I-Con Walnut Desk with Two Drawers
Arco
21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Designed by Michiel van der Kley, the I-con is a unique white corian desk with two integrated walnut wood drawers and stainless steel legs.
Riva 1920 Walnut Elle Ecrit Desk
Riva 1920
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
Writing desk with squared lines made from veneered plywood, with assembled drawers with dovetail joints and sledge legs in hardwood. Finish: base of oil / natural wax of vegetable o...
Italian-Made Two-Desk Set in 18th Century Pinus...
Enrico Marone Cinzano
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Pine
This two-desk series is made from Italian, 18th century pinus cembra, harvested from the Varaita Valley, and Italian sourced steel. All surfaces have been treated with linseed oil. ...
Nayd Desk, African Padauk Wooden Top
Dyan Ditolla Grey
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
-Blackened steel base and African Padauk wood desk surface -Desk has two levels, one for computer and lower level for papers. -The two tiers allow papers to be removed from main su...
Nayd Desk with Black Glass Top Surface
Dyan Ditolla Grey
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
-Blackened steel base and 2" angled black glass. -Desk has two levels, one for computer and lower level for papers. -The two tiers allow papers to be removed from main surface.  
Sträcka Desk in Solid Walnut by Mack Geggie for...
Wooda, Mack Geggie
21st Century and Contemporary American American Modern Desks and Writing...
Hardwood, Walnut
The name of the Sträcka collection by Mack Geggie for Wooda comes from the Swedish word for Reach, which is precisely the motion that this desk and end table aimed to capture. The le...
J. Rusten Studio-crafted California Shaped Desk...
2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Hardwood
Since 2007, J. Rusten Furniture Studio has been creating the original and now familiar California Series of tables and desks. Carefully cut into the iconic shape of California, each ...
Desk Table Rectangular Wood and Steel Italian C...
Barberini & Gunnell
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Console Tables
Stainless Steel, Wenge
The balance executive desk is made of polished stainless steel tubes, welded together, leaving the seam visible. Table top in wengé wood solid slab. Executive desk dimension: L 300 x...
Malabar Wood Writing Desk Minimalist Contempora...
Goebel Company, Martin Goebel
2010s American Modern Desks
Wood, Oak
Whether it’s for your study or den, the Malabar Desk by Goebel & Co. Furniture is a clean, minimalist addition to either room. Completely handmade, this is a desk made in the finest ...
Executive Desk Modern Rectangular Wood Steel It...
Barberini & Gunnell
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Console Tables
Stainless Steel, Wenge
The balance executive desk is made of polished stainless steel tubes, welded together, leaving the seam visible. Table top in wengé wood solid slab. Executive desk dimension: L 300 x...
Casey Lurie Studio Contemporary "Work" Adjustab...
Casey Lurie
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Wood, Oak
Work table is an adjustable height table consisting of two ratcheting trestles and a solid oak tabletop. By means of a gravity activated ratchet, work table is raised by simply lifti...
French Geometrical Brass Lamp, 1980s
Late 20th Century French Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Milk Glass
Stunning 20th century desk office lamp in polished brass with beautiful geometrical design at the top, light switch on the leaf shaped base and milk glass shade. The lamp articulates...
Lucite Object D'art Lacquer and Chrome "X" Base...
AMK for Patricia Kagan
21st Century and Contemporary American American Modern Desks and Writing...
Porcelain, Velvet, Chrome, Lucite, Wood
Mrs. PK & OZ is thrilled to debut our very own Lucite objet d'art lacquered and "in the style of Milo Baughman" chrome "X" base desk or writing table. We create these fabulous pieces...
Polished Steel "Mezzaluna" Desk by Leon Rosen f...
Leon Rosen
Vintage 1970s Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Glass
Monumental and fabulous polished steel executive desk by Leon Rosen for Pace, early 1970s. Desk has a half round shape with two drawers on one side, supported by three legs and a bla...
Cerused Oak Desk by Jay Spectre, 1970s
Jay Spectre
Vintage 1970s Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Chrome, Wood
Blonde cerused oak desk by iconic designer Jay Spectre, 1970s desk has a single large drawer on each side and a center drawer. Polished chrome hardware and chrome and wood stretchers...
Custom Lacewood “Mezzaluna” Desk by Pace Collec...
Pace Collection, Leon Rosen
Late 20th Century American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Stainless Steel, Other, Birdseye Maple
A custom order for Pace collection’s popular “Mezzaluna” desk features the brand’s signature exotic veneers and highly polished stainless steel accents. The design, by Leon Rosen, ha...
Modern Steel Console Table
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Console Tables
Stainless Steel, Glass
Sleek console table in brushed steel and glass top. Glass top has several etched silvered lines. There is the option of having second glass shelf installed, see detailed image 5 and 6.
Geo Dining Table in Contemporary Blackened Stee...
Kin & Company
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Marble
Inspired by the idea of geological plates slipping past one another, this ethereal table features cutaway arches and parabolic curves without end. Kin & Company continues to build on...
Console in Contemporary Blackened Steel and Whi...
Kin & Company
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Console Tables
Steel, Ash
The clean lines and simple form of the a-console convey a sense of lightness and precision. A small reveal at the corners expresses the connection to the top and the structure hidden...
Trace Table in Contemporary White Powder-Coated...
Kin & Company
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Maple
Through a single, contiguous line, the legs of the trace define the edge, rotating and pivoting each time there is a change in plane. The line is only interrupted by a slight idiosyn...
Bow Tie Table in Contemporary Blackened Steel a...
Kin & Company
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Maple
Viewed from one end, the top and base of the bow tie appear to come together in a simple connection of the two materials along the same plane. As the viewer turns the corner, an unex...
A-Table in Contemporary Blackened Steel and Whi...
Kin & Company
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Maple
The clean lines and simple form of the A-Table convey a sense of lightness and precision. A small reveal at the corners expresses the connection to the top and the structure hidden w...
John Widdicomb Cantilever Partners Desk with Chair
John Widdicomb
20th Century American American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
John Widdicomb cantilever partner desk on three legs with chair, available as is and individually, please visit sjulian.1stdibs. to see our collection, this item is on sale for a cle...
Bartolomeo Desk in White Polyethylene by JVLT/J...
PLUST, Joe Velluto (JVLT)
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Plastic
"Corner element that can be used alone or paired to create small reception desks. “Bartolomeo Corner” is easy to move, impact-resistant, and designed to enable the installation of a ...
Domeau & PérèS Signature Collection Prouvé D...
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Leather, Wood
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's desk for Domeau & Pérès, pays homage to the compass desk of legendary Mid-Century designer, Jean Prouvé designed in 1953. The Bouroullecs' inter...
Allegory Desk in Beech by Gamfratesi & GTV
GamFratesi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Birch
Allegory desk, a perfect handy stand for home office spaces and for the most intimate contract solutions, by the Italian-Danish duo GamFratesi, enriches the furniture proposal of Wie...
Bright Desk in Glass by Valerio Cometti for Fiam
FIAM, Valerio Cometti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Glass
"Desk in 15 mm-thick tempered glass with aluminium and steel mounting supports. Also available custom-sized. Valerio Cometti earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1975 at...
George Nelson Home Desk for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1940s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Leather, Walnut
Walnut with original custom white leather writing surface and sliding floating doors, small drawers in maple. Storage and drop down typing table with original perforated aluminum fil...
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