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Modern Furniture Design
Modern Furniture Design

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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

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Wood

Edo Golden Desk by Bosco Fair
Located in Milan, IT
Available in two sizes, this elegant desk combines lightweight lines and perfectly balanced volumes. The stunning top with rounded edges fashioned of prized Breccia Medicea marble is...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Dining Table with Cement Finished Top and Red Tubular Steel Frame by Driade
Located in Chicago, IL
A table that plays on an apparent imbalance, supporting a strong material top, by a sequence of three structures placed in a totally unpredictable way. Built as parallelepipeds and f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Dish Solid Wood Contemporary Sculptural Carved Conference Desk Dining Table
Located in Bainbridge Island, WA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

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

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

Customizable Contemporary Eglomise Glass Pink Dust Vanity by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The églomisé pink dust vanity by Ercole Home has a 5-drawer, with silver leaf wood finish. Hand painted églomisé glass panels are inset on the surface. There are five metal pulls in...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Customizable Contemporary Églomisé Glass Fume Silver Vanity/Desk by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The mystic fume silver vanity by Ercole Home has a 5-drawer, with Earl gray wood finish on oak. Hand painted églomisé glass panels are inset on the surface. There are five aluminum ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Customizable Contemporary Eglomise Glass Byzantine Gold Vanity by Ercole Home 2
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Mystic Byzantine Gold Green vanity by Ercole Home has a 9-drawer, with ivory wood finish on oak. Hand painted eglomise glass panels are inset on the surface. There are nine pull...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Customizable Contemporary Eglomise Glass Byzantine Gold Vanity by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Mystic Byzantine gold vanity by Ercole Home has a 5-drawer, with ivory wood finish on oak. Hand painted eglomise glass panels are inset on the surface. There are five aluminum p...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Customizable Gray Blossom Glass Mosaic Desk with Metal Base by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Pavia Blossom desk/vanity by Ercole Home has a 2-drawer, with a sky gray wood finish on oak. Handcut glass mosaics in bluegreen and turquoise decorate the drawer fronts in bloss...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Customizable Turquoise Blossom Glass Mosaic Desk with Metal Base by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Pavia Blossom desk/vanity by Ercole Home has a 2-drawer, with a sky gray wood finish on oak. Hand cut glass mosaics in Bluegreen and Turquoise decorate the drawer fronts in blos...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Customizable White Blossom Glass Mosaic Desk with Metal Base by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Pavia Blossom desk/vanity by Ercole Home has a 2-drawer, with a painted white wood finish on oak. Handcut glass mosaics in white and silver decorate the drawer fronts in blossom...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

High Gloss Black Luxury Desk or Vanities Table
Located in Riga, LV
Refined elegance and classic design characterize the Kanttari Writing Desk. The definition of rich furniture design, this beautiful writing desk is handmade with soft to touch black ...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Jumbo Collection Shinto Writing Desk in Wood and Brass Base
Located in Cantu, IT
Perfect centre piece for executive and presidential offices, Shinto writing desk features a sculptural design and an exclusive composition, with a soft nabuk top, a structure in prec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

CH110 Desk in Wood by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
In the CH110 desk, Wegner illustrates another side of his talent for furniture design in the gathering of the tabletop, rails and two slender drawers into one large veneered element,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Walnut

BM1160 Hunting Table in Wood with Brass Cross Bars by Børge Mogensen
Located in New York, NY
The BM1160 hunting table was made by Børge Mogensen. The name refers to the “Hunting Cabin” theme of the Guild’s exhibition, a detail which is also reflected in the table’s robustnes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

PK52A Student Desk in Wood Finishes with Gray Steel Base by Poul Kjærholm
Located in New York, NY
The PK52A student desk was designed by Poul Kjærholm for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, while he was a member of the academic staff. The cleverly constructed table highlights...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

PK52 Professor Desk in Wood Finishes with Black Steel Base by Poul Kjærholm
Located in New York, NY
Poul Kjærholm designed the PK52 professor desk when the Academy needed a number of tables for lecturers and students. Drawing on his cabinetmaking experience, Kjærholm developed a ne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

AJ52 Small Society Table & Lamp Module in Walnut Oil by Arne Jacobsen
Located in New York, NY
A timeless example of the Danish architect’s functionalist approach to design, Arne Jacobsen’s AJ52 society table was conceived in 1952, at the peak of his career. Jacobsen harnessed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Leather

Erasmo Executive Desk by Giorgetti
Located in New York, NY
Executive desk with the frame in walnut Canaletto wood veneer. The top is in ebony macassar veneer with cable holder. The chest with 3 drawers, two shallow and one deep, is in curved...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

1928 Writing Desk in Oxidized Maple by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Each 1928 writing desk is meticulously crafted from raw wood and steel. It's weight is significant, providing a steady workspace. Minimal design, subtle detail, and precision craftsm...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Wellesley Desk in Solid Walnut, Drawers Optional by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Made to order in Brooklyn, New York this customizable desk with drawer options is handmade of solid wood with meticulously cut finger joints as its unique design feature. Shown: 6...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

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

"Moleskine" Portable Atelier Desk Designed by Philippe Nigro for Driade
Located in New York, NY
"Moleskine" is a desk, designed by Philippe Nigro and manufactured by Driade, with a folding top in birch plywood and oak veneer. Matte black painted steel structure with cable flap....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

ClassiCon Orcus Desk in Walnut by Konstantin Grcic
Located in New York, NY
Orcus desk in walnut by Konstantin Grcic. Secretary desk in MDF and plywood, veneered, drop-flap writing surface, 4 drawers, secret compartment, storage space for cables and power ad...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Plywood

Amorph Astra Desk, Graphite Walnut with Top leather
Located in Gardena, CA
Amorph Astra desk solid ashwood with top leather, Dimension: 60" L x 24" D x 30" H. About Amorph: Working with geometrics and the morphology of forms stands at the core of AMORPH – ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Warren Platner Rosewood and Granite Executive Desk for Lehigh Leopold, c. 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This exceptionally rare and highly sought-after collectors piece is a Warren Platner Executive Desk designed for Lehigh Leopold in circa 1970, and features a floating Rosewood upper ...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Stainless Steel

Desk, Writing Table, Office, Walnut, Modern, Hardwood, Semigood Design
Located in Issaquah, WA
Hardwood, modern desk or writing table for your home or office. Shown in walnut. The timeless lines and subtle tapers of this desk will have you looking forward to sitting down for w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Armona Desk Matt Walnut Polished Onyx Champagne Lacquered Dark Oxidized Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Desk with top in walnut veneer matt finish and inlay details in dark oxidised brass with a high-gloss finish and polished Shadow onyx. Wooden legs lacquered in high-gloss champagne-c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Brass

N2 Desk, Handcrafted in Solid Wood with Clear Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The N2 desk features an elaborately articulated, yet deceptively strong wooden base, supporting a 3/8" thick, tempered glass top. The N-series uses rotational symmetry to explore th...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Wood

Amorph Astra Desk, Stainless Steel Finish
Located in Gardena, CA
Amorph Astra desk solid Wood with metal finish, dimension: 60" L x 24" D x 30" H. About Amorph: Working with geometrics and the morphology of forms stands at the core of Amorph, a...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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

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Metal

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

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Metal

Linderman Wall Mounted Wood Desk in Cerused Oak by New York Heartwoods
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' Linderman wall-mounted desk is influenced by Mid-Century Modern, Shaker, and Asian design, and features hand-shaped bracketed legs, faceted breadboard ends, and ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

Whitewashed Ash Linderman Wood Wall-Mounted Desk with Leather Wrapped Drawer
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' Linderman Wall-mounted Desk is influenced by Mid-Century Modern, Shaker and Asian design, and features a hand-shaped base, leather wrapped pen drawer (shown her...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood, Ash

Whitewashed Ash Linderman Wall-Mounted Desk with Leather Wrapped Drawer in Stock
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' Linderman wall-mounted desk is influenced by Mid-Century Modern, Shaker and Asian design, and features a hand-shaped base, leather wrapped pen drawer (shown here...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood, Ash

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

"Symmetric" Console / Desk, Black Walnut, Patina Steel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The "Symmetric" console / desk is a perfectly balanced design of interlocking steel plate joinery and a solid black walnut surface. Customizable to any variation of dimensions, mater...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Metal

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 Wood 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 r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Ebony, Wood

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

Cobra Desk, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2008
Located in New York, NY
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

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

Valeo Meeting Table by Fuciglietti Engineering
Located in Milan, IT
Designed for presidential offices, this desk's large scale conveys a sense of importance. The soft lines of its rope-colored leather desktop contrast the sharp edges of its dark Cana...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Fusion Desk by Daniele Lo Scalzo Moscheri
Located in Milan, IT
Designed for presidential offices, this desk's large scale conveys a sense of importance. The soft lines of its rope-colored leather desktop contrast the sharp edges of its dark cana...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Green Study Desk with Drawer and Reclaimed Parquet Wood Table Top
By &New
Located in Leicester, GB
The Study desk is made with a green powder coated steel frame and a beautiful parquet wood table top. This minimal desk has a steel drawer suspended underneath the table top with a l...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Mahogany Briar Root Writing Desk
Located in Milan, IT
The charm of mahogany briar root is celebrated in this magnificent design of this refined writing desk which will infuse a modern home study or office with lavish allure. Made of ply...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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

Truman Writing Desk
Located in Milan, IT
Stylish and functional, this writing desk will make a bold addition to a contemporary home study or office. Innovative in its manufacturing procedures, it features six drawers equipp...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Silverstone 230 Writing Desk
Located in Milan, IT
Innovative and refined in its captivating design, this writing desk will infuse a bold character in any contemporary home study or office. It is composed of three drawers equipped wi...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Dickens Writing Desk
Located in Milan, IT
A spectacular design of timeless charm, the Dickens writing desk pays tribute to the namesake 19th-century English writer. It features one poplar plywood drawer equipped with fully e...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Hemingway Writing Desk
Located in Milan, IT
Named after 20th-century American novelist, this writing desk will make any studying or working activity more pleasing and alluring. It features an enclosing frame structure internal...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Connected Desk with USB and Electrical Sockets in Ash Wood, 100% Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
This majestic large connected desk is made of French ashwood. With the multi-utility 5 sockets board (3 electrical plugs and 2 USB charger), you will be able to plug your electron...
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

French Marcello Desk in Blue Lacquer, Glass, and Brass by Joris Poggioli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This desk in glossy blue lacquer with a glass base, brass accents, and velvet and rosewood drawers is by up-and-coming French designer Joris Poggioli, formerly of Youth Éditions.
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Asymmetrical Brutalist Inspired Writing Desk with Leather Top by Kate Duncan
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Riffing on a traditional writing desk, our writing desk is made to order in a variety of sizes, wood types and finishes. A small drawer done up with dovetails, a leather bottom and o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood