Modern Desks

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 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.

Shanghai Desk in Ziricotte Wood, Leather Top and Silver Patined Leg
Shanghai Desk in Ziricotte Wood, Leather Top an...
Aymeric Lefort
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Shanghai desk in Ziricotte wood, leather top and silver patined leg. The inside is made in Sycomore.
Little Shanghai Desk in Zebrano Wood and Black Sycomore Silver Painted Leg
Little Shanghai Desk in Zebrano Wood and Black ...
Aymeric Lefort
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Little Shanghai desk in zebrano wood and black saycomore silver painted leg. There are two drawers on each side. The end sides are in zebrano and black sycamore marquetry. This desk...
Custom Monster Island Three-Drawer Desk in Walnut, Edged in Yellow Resin
Custom Monster Island Three-Drawer Desk in Waln...
Noble Goods
2010s American Modern Desks
Epoxy Resin, Walnut
The simple form of the waterfall design highlights the beautiful wood grain of this solid walnut desk, while the sleek band of brightly colored resin plays off the rich color, making...
Ziricotte Wood Desk "Litle Shanghai" with Leather Top and Silver Leg
Ziricotte Wood Desk "Litle Shanghai" with Leath...
Aymeric Lefort
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Little Shanghai desk in ziricotte wood and silver patined leg. There are two drawers on each side. The sides are in zircone and black sycamore marquetry. This desk can be made in ot...
Little Shanghai Desk in Olive Wood and Black Sycamore Silver Painted Leg
Little Shanghai Desk in Olive Wood and Black Sy...
Aymeric Lefort
2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Metal
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...
Decorator Modern Glass Top Desk
Decorator Modern Glass Top Desk
20th Century American Modern Desks
Grasscloth, Glass
Contemporary style reception/writing desk featuring glass top supported by grasscloth covered forms. Unique modern design sets a simple yet stylish tone in any interior. Please confi...
Malabar Wood Writing Desk Minimalist Contemporary Mid Century Design Handmade
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 ...
Poete Desk
Poete Desk
21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Modern Desks
Metal
Beautiful Poete desk Black matte oak top as shows in second picture and waxed metal structure.
Three-Drawer Desk Ebonized Olive
Three-Drawer Desk Ebonized Olive
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks
Metal
Gorgeous three-drawer desk, ebonized olive. Ebonized olive ash veneer and black metal base. Three drawers. Available in other finishes, materials and sizes.
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...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. wi...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. Wi...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. Wh...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. wi...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. wi...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. wi...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. wi...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. Re...
Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
2010s French Modern Desks
Metal
Cosimo desk was designed by the architect Marco Zanuso Jr for luxury French furniture brand, Adentro Paris. Ideal for a contemporary home office space, Cosimo desk comes in various f...
Hand-Painted Writing Bureau Desk of Neuschwanst...
Unknown
20th Century German Modern Desks
Pine, Paint
We are delighted to offer for auction this lovely hand painted writing Bureau depicting Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria Germany in the mountains There are around 50-100 high defi...
Vintage Painted Faux Bamboo Desk
Mid-20th Century Modern Desks
Brass
This 1970s modern-style desk is made of wood painted in a pale gray and oyster color combination with a distressed finish. The desk features moulding details carved to resemble bambo...
Argentine Maison Jansen Style Desk with Leather...
Maison Jansen, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Argentine Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Leather, Lacquer
Maison Jansen style desk made in Argentina with a nice leather top. Piece was made with black lacquer and has nice brass handles.

Alessandro for Baker Console/Desk

By Baker Furniture Company
Alessandro for Baker Console/Desk
Baker Furniture Company
Late 20th Century American Modern Console Tables
Hand painted and lacquered console / desk by Alesandro for the Baker Furniture Company. A handful of these are available on the market presently.
Milo Baughman Campaign Desk for Thayer Coggin
Milo Baughman
20th Century American American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This stylish vintage Campaign desk by Milo Baughman features two spacious drawers for storage and an expansive workspace perfect for any modern office space. The chrome "X" frame bas...
Sleek Black Shagreen Desk with Lucite Side Panels
Venfield
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks
Shagreen, Acrylic
Sleek black shagreen desk with Lucite side panels. Polished nickel pulls and finished wood inside.
Faux Painted Bamboo Desk
Mid-20th Century Modern Desks
Brass
This 1970's Modern-style desk is made of wood painted in a pale gray and oyster color combination with a distressed finish. The desk features moulding details carved to resemble bamb...
Classic Campaign Desk in Mahogany and Brass
20th Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This stunning lacquered mahogany desk features classic campaign style design with spacious drawers and eye-catching brass trim. Sturdy and impressive executive desk features finished...
Theodore Alexander French Louis XV Writing Desk...
Theodore Alexander
21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Modern Desks
Leather, Hardwood
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning highly adjustable French Louis XV Theodore Alexander leather inlaid writing desk bureau This is part of a suite, we have six items...
Shagreen Desk with Bronze Legs, Offered by Area ID
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Desks
Bronze, Shagreen
Decorative shagreen desk with handcrafted bronze legs. 3-4 months delivery. It also comes in cream, brown or black shagreen.
Thonet Bentwood Charming Writing Table Desk, 1900s
Thonet
Antique 19th Century Austrian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Bentwood
Very charming 1900s bentwood Thonet writing table desk. With its original key, one drawer and several paper, documents, letters shelves.
Scroll Base Writing Desk in the Style of Karl S...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Coral
Impressive scale and quality workmanship define this waterfall writing table with scrolling base clad in tessellated fossilized coral. The desk is in excellent original condition and...
Danish Modern Rosewood and Chrome Campaign Desk
Late 20th Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This Mid-Century style Campaign desk features Scandinavian Modern design with chrome finish base and Rosewood veneer desktop. Three drawer design allows for plenty of storage, while ...
"Ponte" Pedestal Desk by J. Wade Beam for Brueton
Brueton, J. Wade Beam
Vintage 1980s American American Modern Desks
This unique contemporary modern pedestal desk features stunning cantilever design with three spacious drawers for storage. Unique goatskin style finish is accented by brass colored m...
Karl Springer Style Faux Parchment Desk
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
A vintage knee-hole desk, in the manner of designer Karl Springer, with slightly curved ends, in tessellated faux parchment with resin finish; includes two drawers with recessed pull...
Crocodile Leather Clad Writing Table by Élitis-...
Philippe Delzers, Élitis
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Leather, Hardwood
Gorgeous Alligator embossed leather clad desk by Élitis for Armani Casa. The Bureau Plat with its sinuous tapered cabriole legs is fully clad in saddle stitched alligator embossed le...
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