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Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair and Berlin daybed, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak.

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Style: Scandinavian Modern
Mid-Century Freestanding Oak Desk in Solid Oak, Danish Cabinetmaker, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid-century freestanding desk in solid oak and with brass handles. Made by a Danish cabinetmaker in 1950s. Nice curves for this perfect office desk. Overall a great impression. T...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Midcentury Desk in Solid Mahogany Designed by Frits Heningsen, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Freestanding desk in solid mahogany with three drawers, designed and made by cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen. Made in Denmark, great original condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Rare Rosewood & Lucite Desk by Poul Nørreklit for S.H. Møbelfabrik, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare Rosewood and Lucite executive pedestal desk was designed by Poul Nørreklit and produced by Sigurd Hansens Møbelfabrik in Denmark in the 1960s. Incredible vivid Rosewood ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Lucite, Rosewood

Hardwood Desk with Raised Edge by Erik Riisager Hansen
Located in Madrid, ES
Sleek desk made of hardwood with partly raised edge. Slim tapered legs. Drawer section with three drawers. Designed by Erik Riisager Hansen and manufactured by Haslev Møbelsnedkeri. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood, Beech

Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen Writing Desk in Solid Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, desk model 310, solid teak, Denmark, 1950s. This exceptional desk is created by the Danish designers Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen....
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen Desk Model '310' in Solid Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, desk model 310, solid teak, Denmark, 1950s. Stunning desk designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen. It truly holds the quintessenti...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Clarke Desk Walnut Black
Located in Cincinnati, US
The Clarke Collection comes in ten different table top sizes, two wood species, and two metal finishes. The exposed stainless steel bolts blur the line between Scandinavian and Indus...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Danish Desk by Aksel Bender Madsen & Ejner Larsen, Denmark
Located in Utrecht, NL
Beautiful distinguished Danish desk, made of mahogany (mainly solid) by Danish designers Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen from 1960. The desk is full of beautiful detailing such ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Large Secretary Desk in Ash Wood Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
This large secretary desk is designed by the famous parisian Designer Eric Gizard and delivered fully mounted. The overall dimensions of the box itself are Width 120 cm / 47.2''...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Ash, Lacquer

Swedish Art Deco Oval Dining Table in Burl Wood, 1930s
Located in Odense, DK
A rare Art deco beauty made in burl wood with some amazing golden brown grains. Made in 1930s by a Swedish cabinetmaker. This monumental oval dining table will complementary many i...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Burl

Ole Wanscher Freestanding Desk in Rosewood Made by A.J. Iversen, Copenhagen 1959
Located in Odense, DK
Rare and important desk designed by Ole Wanscher and manufactured at master cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen in 1959. Exhibited at the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild exhibition the same year. T...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Swedish Västerviks Mobelsnickareskola Fall-Front Desk, circa 1975
Located in New York, NY
A Swedish birch, walnut and burl walnut fall-front desk, circa 1975, the rectangular top above a single long drawer and a fall front writing surface. The interior with numerous small...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Square Desk in Ash Wood Designed by Eric Gizard, 100% Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
This square desk is made of solid ash wood and designed by Eric Gizard, famous Parisian Designer 1 wooden drawer in the front Our woods come exclusively from sustainable manage...
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2010s French Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash, Lacquer, Wood

Contemporary Black Dining Table in Solid Oak by Coolican & Company (36" x 96")
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Carefully selected materials and refined proportions give the Lakeshore table an elegant, rational quality. Brass-pinned breadboard ends and quarter sawn white oak top are centuries-...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Swedish Modern Solid Pine Desk, Axel Einar Hjorth Style, Made in 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid-century solid pine desk / dining table. Crafted by a Swedish cabinetmaker in 1960s. Similar to the Lovö series designed by Axel Einar Hjorth. A fine brutalist object with a ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Svend Madsen Modern Danish Teak Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a great size desk by Sven Madsen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk Designed by Gustaf Axel Berg, Produced by G.A. Berg Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Black lacquered birch, elm and pewter inlay. Measures: H: 75 cm/ 29 1/2'' L: 150 cm/ 4' 11'' D: 75 cm/ 2' 6'' Provenance: private collection, Sweden Gustaf Axel Berg ran h...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Elm

Mid Century Danish Drop Leaf Expanding Desk Arne Vodder
Located in Baltimore, MD
A desk with incredible form and presence. This rare most attractive original Danish Modern drop leaf desk by Arne Vodder (1926-2009) designed for Sibast Mobler in Denmark, features a...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Kai Kristiansen for Aksel Kjersgaard Rosewood Desk Vanity
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare writing table attributed to Kai Kristiansen for Aksel Kjersgaard. Great condition with newly restored rosewood.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Svend Aage Madsen Desk Produced by K. Knudsen & Søn in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare desk designed by Svend Aage Madsen. Produced by K. Knudsen & Søn in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Ole Wanscher Desk Produced by Cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare freestanding desk designed by Ole Wanscher. Produced by cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen in Denmark.  
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1980s Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sørensen Desk and Chair, Mahogany and Red Leather
Located in Knebel, DK
Fully restored desk and armchair designed for Botium and Frederecia Furniture in 1980s. The desk and chair are made of mahogany with red leather seat on the chair and are part of th...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Danish Desk by Erik Riisager Hansen, Haslev Møbelsnedkeri, Denmark
Located in Utrecht, NL
Vintage teak desk, model 66, designed by Danish designer Erik Riisager Hansen, executed by Haslev Mobelsnedkeri, Denmark. A Haslev label with model number can be found underneath of...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Danish Teak Draw Leaf Dining Table by Henning Kjaernulf for Vejle Stole
Located in Miami, FL
Clever and clean design in this mid-century Scandinavian Modern expandable dining table designed by Henning Kjaernulf, manufactured by Vejle Stole and Mobelfabrik in the 1960s. The t...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

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

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Steel

Jacob Kjær Writing Desk
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Jacob Kjær 1896-1957. A freestanding Jacob Kjær Walnut desk. Front features four drawers. An elegant and beautiful desk with fine details. The build quality and materials are of the ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Danish Teak Desk
Located in London, GB
A Danish midcentury desk of unknown designer/maker. Regardless, this is a highly unusual piece of design and build. The teak laminated surface is draped -molded over a frame in the m...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak, Plywood

Danish Modern Teak Secretary by Arne Hovmand-Olsen Mogens Kold, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Munster, DE
Teak secretary designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen. The secretary impresses with great veneer and beautifully crafted interior.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Secrétaire with optimized storage space, scandinavian design by E. Gizard, Paris
Located in Landivy, FR
This secretary Desk belongs to our ÉGÉE COLLECTION and has been created in a KUBE concept for optimized storage spaces. The ÉGÉE collection is designed by the Parisian designer Eri...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Ash, Lacquer

Alvar Aalto Desk and Chair Model 65, made by Artek, Finland in the 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Alvar Aalto work table and chair model 65 in wonderful vintage condition made at Artek in the 1960s. Table is made of laminated elm and the chair is made of birch. Original wool upho...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Elm

Free-Standing Desk by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Free-standing desk by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik, Denmark 1950s. This is Model No 70 made out of teak. Lovely triangular shaped runner legs. Two compartments of drawe...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Oak Writing Desk by Yngvar Sandstrom
Located in Madrid, ES
Oak desk designed by Yngvar Sandström and manufactured by AB Seffle Möbelfabrik in Sweden. The desk features two drawers on both sides that can be easily removed. Keys included. Stam...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Large Free-Standing Desk with Drawers in Solid Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Desk with chest of drawers, solid pine, Europe, 1960s This asymmetrically designed desk can be placed as a free-standing element in the room. A striking tension is created by plac...
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1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Midcentury Desk in Rosewood, Danish Modern, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Freestanding desk in rosewood designed and made in Denmark in the 1960s. Great condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Arnold Madsen Club Legged Desk / Table in Beech, Scandinavian Modern, 1940s
Located in Odense, DK
Early and important desk attributed to Danish designer Arnold Madsen. The club-shaped legs are made from solid pieces of hand turned beechwood and resembles the legs on Madsens famou...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

Secretary Desk in White, South Scandinavian Design by Eric Gizard, Paris
Located in Landivy, FR
This Secretary desk in solid and veneer ash wood is designed by famous parisian Designer Eric Gizard The Kube itself (without the feet height) is Width 90 cm / 35.4'' x Height 90...
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2010s French Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

Midcentury Desk in Rosewood, Danish Modern, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Freestanding desk in rosewood designed and made in Denmark in the 1960s. Great condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Desk in Teak Designed by Omann Junior, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak designed by Omann Junior from the 1960s. The table is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Børge Mogensen for Søborg Desk in Teak and Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Børge Mogensen for Søborg Møbelfabrik, desk, model '203', teak and steel, Denmark, 1953. This slender, elegant desk features a thin steel frame and a soft, veneered teak top and dra...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Palette JH9, Brass & Lacquered Walnut Desk by Jaime Hayon for & Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Inspired by Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon transformed the idea of a mobile into a table - stabilised by a metal armature. This Palette Desk is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Steel

Console Desk in solid Ash Wood by Eric Gizard, South Scandinavian Style
Located in Landivy, FR
This console table is made of solid ash wood and designed by the famous Parisian Designer Eric Gizard. Our woods come exclusively from sustainable managed French forests. 1 wooden...
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2010s French Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Ash, Lacquer

Nanna Ditzel, Freestanding Desk in Teak by Søren Willadsen, 1958, Denmark
Located in Munster, NRW
This elegant design by Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel serves as a desk, a writing table, library table, or even a console table in a large space. The spare, minimal form is delightful from ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk by Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bent Madsen for Willy Beck from Poul Cadovious Home
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This very rare desk was used by designer Poul Cadovious at his home for many years, and is in very nice condition. We do have the provenance for this piece, which will go along with ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Scandinavian Modern Solid Freestanding Pine Desk, Made in 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Scandinavian modern freestanding desk in solid pine, made in 1960s. Nicely patinated. Great object for the modern interior style. A fine brutalist set with a warm color and patina t...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Axel-Einar Hjorth, 'Lovö' Table, Nordiska Kompaniet, 1932
Located in Berlin, DE
Pine 'Lovö' table by Swedish Modernist Axel-Einar Hjorth, manufactured by Nordiska Kompaniet in Sweden, circa 1932. Best known for his modern reduced design, this table by Axel-Eina...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Finn Juhl Desk in Teak for Bovirke, Model BO69, 1953
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Finn Juhl freestanding teak writing desk with detachable flip-down leaf. Drawer section with four polychrome lacquered drawers. Anodized metal frame with teak shoes. Designed 1953. ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Sven Ivar Dysthe Desk in Walnut, Leather and Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sven Ivar Dysthe for Dokka Møbler, desk, walnut, leather, steel, Norway, 1960s This refined desk is designed by the Norwegian designer Sven Ivar Dysthe. The desk has four tubular st...
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Peter Lovig Nielsen Danish Modern Teak Flip Top Desk
Located in Baltimore, MD
Fabulous highly collectible Danish Modern, mid century expandable, desk/table, designed by Jens Quistgaard of Dansk for Peter Løvig Nielsen, circa 1960s. A remarkable statement of qu...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk /Table by Bengt Johan Gullberg, Metal and Teak, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Desk by Bengt Johan Gullberg. Produced by Gullberg trading company in Sweden during the 1950s. Made from black lacquered metal with big rubber feet and table top of teak. Consisting ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Vintage Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Teak & Oak Executive Desk by Borge Mogen
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful scandinavian modern desk in teak and oak woods designed by Borge Mogensen and manufactured by Søborg Møbelfabrik in Denmark in the 1950's. This exclusive desk, r...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Nanna Ditzel, Freestanding Desk in Oak by Søren Willadsen, 1958, Denmark
Located in Munster, NRW
This elegant design by Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel serves as a desk, a writing table, library table, or even a console table in a large space. The spare, minimal form is delightful fro...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

1960s Danish Teak Desk by Omann Jun
Located in High Point, NC
A Midcentury Modern desk by Danish designer Omann Jun. Made in the 1960s in teak, this piece epitomizes the clean lines and expert craftsmanship for which the designer is known. The ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Rare Desk in Oak and Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen, desk JH571, teak, oak, metal, Denmark, design 1953 Out of all the desks that Wegner designed, the ‘JH571‘ is the most 'Wegnerian'. This is mostly...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Danish Modern Desk OS60 by Arne Vodder for Sibast 1959 Teak
Located in Munster, DE
Desk "OS60" by Arne Vodder for Sibast. This desk was made in Denmark around 1959 with excellent teak wood and beautiful details, like solid teak wood drawers. The desk is in excellen...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Danish Modern Writing Desk GE 125 by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA 1970s
Located in Asaa, DK
Danish modern writing desk GE 125 by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA 1970s Mid-century Danish modern model No GE 125 oak desk designed by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA, Denma...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Rare Rosewood Desk by Bodil Kjaer
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rare model 901 desk in rosewood by Danish designer Bodil Kjaer produced by cabinet maker E. Pedersen & Søn and distributed by Jason Danmark circa 1959. "I have had a life, not a c...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Hans J. Wegner Vintage Desk AT 305 of Oak Made by Danish Andreas Tuck, 1960s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Writing desk model AT 305 by the Danish architect Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by Andreas Tuck in the 1960´s in Denmark. The frame is made of solid oak and the tabletop of oak ve...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Kai Kristiansen Free-Standing Desk in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kai Kristiansen, desk model '70', teak, brass, Denmark, designed in 1958 Kai Kristiansen designed a well-balanced desk in teak with expressive grain. On two runners on each side t...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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