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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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

Modernist Italian Desk
An Italian modernist desk. Mahogany with glass top.   
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Desks

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Glass, Mahogany

Lorenzo Desk in Argentine Rosewood, Bronze and White Lacquer from Costantini
By Costantini
This classic yet modern desk features an Argentine rosewood body and white mirror-polished lacquered face and drawers with bronze accents. The drawers feature soft-close hardware and...
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2010s Argentine Modern Desks

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Wood

Vitra Compas Direction Desk in Natural Oak and Chocolate by Jean Prouvé
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
These items are currently only available in the United States. The slender, elegantly splayed metal legs of the Compas Direction desk by Jean Prouvé call to mind the hinged arms of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Desks

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Steel

Normann Copenhagen Journal Desk by Simon Legald
By Simon Legald
A colored desktop flirts with a light steel frame in the design of the Journal desk. Journal is functional down to the smallest detail and has an inviting appearance, which makes it ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Modern Desks

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Steel

Brand Wood Desk
By M2L BRAND
M2L brand wood desk 6 drawers. Desk and return, credenza sold separately.  
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks

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Wood

Georg Jensen Sky Bottle Opener in Stainless Steel Finish by Aurélien Barbry
By Georg Jensen, Aurélien Barbry
The Sky collection is designed with the intention to accentuate the functional aspects of traditional bar tools. This results in asymmetrical and ergonomic shapes that sit well in th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Desks

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Mirror

Sky Desk in Wood and Stainless Steel with Glossy Red Finish
By Circu
The sky desk is inspired by the Disney movie “Planes 2” character Turbo Dusty, and it’s the perfect kids’ desk for an airplane room decor. Due to its playful design and inspiration, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks

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Stainless Steel

Desk, Walnut, Modern, Storage, Hardwood, Customizable, Semigood
By Semigood Design
Modern, hardwood rift desk. Our writing desk and chair combo is still the most popular pairing we make. Timeless lines and subtle tapers make this desk the crowing jewel of any home ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks

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Hardwood

Amuneal’s Collector’s 4 Bay Office Unit
By Amuneal
Four bays of our collector’s shelving system are used to create this modular office configuration with desk, adjustable display shelving, drawers and lateral files. All of the wood o...
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2010s American Modern Desks

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Brass, Brass

Shanghai Desk in Ziricotte Wood, Leather Top and Silver Patined Leg
By Aymeric Lefort
Shanghai desk in Ziricotte wood, leather top and silver patined leg. The inside is made in Sycomore.
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Ziricotte Wood Desk "Litle Shanghai" with Leather Top and Silver Leg
By Aymeric Lefort
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Little Shanghai Desk in Olive Wood and Black Sycamore Silver Painted Leg
By Aymeric Lefort
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

Gotham Desk Customizable Wood, Metal and Resin
By Wüd Furniture Design
The harmonious mix of materials enhances the beauty of this Gotham desk. The desk features rich oxidized Ambrosia maple wood, a bronze frame, three blackened bronze encased in epoxy ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks

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Metal

Vanity Desk Secret in Ebony and Galvanized Metal, Original Sin Collection, Italy
By Giorgio Ragazzini
A short circuit arises in the original Sin collection designed by Giorgio Ragazzini for VG. It’s not a sin from the origins, but better a venial, unconventional and creative sin, li...
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2010s Italian Modern Vanities

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. with Walnut Veneer and Glass Top
By Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. with Grey Glossy Lacquered Top
By Adentro, Marco Zanuso Jr.
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. Red Glossy Lacquered Top
By Adentro, Marco Zanuso Jr.
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. White Mat Lacquered and Glass Top
By Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. with Orange Glossy Lacquered Top
By Adentro, Marco Zanuso Jr.
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. with White Mat Lacquered Top
By Adentro, Marco Zanuso Jr.
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. with Walnut Veneer Top
By Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal

Contemporary Cosimo Desk by Marco Zanuso Jr. With Wenge Stained Oak Veneer Top
By Marco Zanuso Jr., Adentro
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

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Metal, Chrome

Custom Monster Island Three-Drawer Desk in Walnut, Edged in Yellow Resin
By Noble Goods
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...
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2010s American Modern Desks

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Epoxy Resin, Walnut

French Modern Desk
An unusual walnut leather top French Modern desk, with a handcrafted inset leather top, candy stripe inlaid front panels, crotch walnut sides, with five drawers each with a round Hor...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Desks

Materials

Walnut

Little Shanghai Desk in Zebrano Wood and Black Sycomore Silver Painted Leg
By Aymeric Lefort
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...
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2010s French Modern Desks

Materials

Metal

M2L Brand Wood Desk
By M2L BRAND
Brand cabinetry wood desk With 1 panel leg and storage Desk top/leg: wood oak Desk dimensions: 60" W x 25" D x 29" H Storage top: wood desk top to Storage body: wood oak Storag...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

Stunning Vintage Burr Walnut Kidney Desk with Cupboards Bookcases to the Back
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely stunning burr walnut twin pedestal kidney desk with twin cupboard bookcases to the rear A very good looking well made and decora...
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20th Century English Modern Desks

Materials

Walnut

Lobel Originals "Centurion Desk" Made to Order
By Lobel Originals, Evan Lobel
"Centurion Desk" in black lacquer with three drawers, elegant bronze pulls and sabots, and leather top by Lobel Originals. This desk can be customized in any way.
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2010s American Modern Desks

Materials

Bronze

Vitra Compas Direction Desk in Natural Oak & Japanese Red by Jean Prouvé
By Jean Prouvé, Vitra
These items are currently only available in the United States. The slender, elegantly splayed metal legs of the Compas Direction desk by Jean Prouvé call to mind the hinged arms of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Desks

Materials

Steel

ClassiCon Orcus Desk in Walnut by Konstantin Grcic
By Konstantin Grcic
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

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Plywood

ClassiCon Orcus Desk in Lacquered White by Konstantin Grcic
By Konstantin Grcic
Orcus Desk in high gloss lacquer by Konstantin Grcic. Secretary desk in high gloss lacquered drop-flap writing surface, 4 drawers, secret compartment, storage space for cables and po...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks

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Steel

Rare Vintage Burr & Burl Walnut Kidney Desk with Cupboards Bookcases to the Back
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely stunning burr and burl walnut twin pedestal kidney desk with twin cupboard bookcases to the rear A very good looking well made a...
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20th Century English Modern Desks

Materials

Walnut

Ben Soleimani Northwood Desk
By Ben Soleimani
The Northwood desk brings a Classic simplicity to a room. A high polish ebony finish, inlaid leather blotter top and simple black metal pulls come together to create an exceptional h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Ben Soleimani Linden Desk
By Ben Soleimani
The svelte hawthorn coffee table with its open U-leg metal base, offers clean angular lines paired with an element of texture by way of hand-laid parchment veneer. Available in grey ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Brown Leather Crocodile Alligator Patina Desk with Chrome X-Frame Supports
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning aged brown crocodile alligator leather patina three drawer desk with chrome X-frame supports A good looking and well made desk, th...
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20th Century English Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Mahogany Bevan Funell Desk Bureau Chest of Drawers Drop Front Green Leather
By Bevan Funnell Ltd.
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning Bevan Funell flamed mahogany medium sized writing desk bureau sitting on a chest of drawers A very good looking multi functional p...
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20th Century English Modern Desks

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Leon Rosen Medina Desk for Pace Collection
By Leon Rosen, Pace Collection
Leon Rosen designed desk for The Pace collection with contrasting ebony and burl veneers. Three center drawers are spring loaded and open with just a touch. Just refinished in slight...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

Scriba Secretaire by Tropica Design
By Tropica Design
Dominated by sleek lines and bold colors, this exceptional secretaire is an exemplar of impeccable construction and craftsmanship. Handcrafted of prized woods, this versatile piece h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

Kennedy Furniture Harrods Mahogany Brown Leather Desk Writing Table
By Kennedy Furniture For Harrods London, Harrods
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely sublime quality Kennedy Furniture for Harrods London flamed mahogany brown leather gold leaf embossed writing table desk RRP £3300 ...
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20th Century English Modern Desks

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Pace Arkitre Desk 450 Design Pierfranco Bagarotti
By Pace Collection
Pace Arkitre Desk 450 Design Pierfranco Bagarotti. This custom made pace desk have a Swing out smaller desk that measures 51" width, 26" depth, 26" height which attaches to the centr...
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1990s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal

Shagreen Desk with Bronze Legs, Khaki Color
Decorative shagreen desk with handcrafted bronze legs. 2-3 months delivery. It also comes in cream, brown or black shagreen. Designed in France.
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21st Century and Contemporary Philippine Modern Desks

Materials

Bronze

Ben Swildens, Cantilever Desk and Seat, 1966
By Ben Swildens
A rare cantilever desk and seat, commissioned by Max Ingrand Studio and produced by Croiseau, France, the desk surface with two hinged compartments brushed stainless steel. Executed...
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Vintage 1960s French Modern Desks

Materials

Steel

Stunning Rare Burr Walnut Green Leather Twin Pedestal Partner Desk Mouse Shelf
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning burr walnut twin pedestal partner desk with green leather top and custom made to order drawer tops to be used as butlers trays or mou...
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20th Century English Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Original Shagreen Gilt Metal Writing Table Desk with Single-Drawer
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning RRP £13,000 original shagreen black lacquered with gold gilt metal detailing writing table desk  This is a very substantial desk. ...
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20th Century English Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Shagreen

7 Foot Marble and Polished Stainless Steel Executive Desk by Leon Rosen for Pace
By Pace Collection, Leon Rosen
Massive 7 foot modernist desk by Leon Rosen for Pace. I have never seen this combination of finishes on this desk before. Purchased from the original owner, a local Las Vegas Real...
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20th Century Modern Desks

Materials

Carrara Marble, Stainless Steel

Gianfranco Ferré Sean Desk in Wood with Leather Top
By Gianfranco Ferré
Elegant, functional and comfortable, the Sean desk plays the leading role in the office environment. Made in Tay wood tinted smoky grey, it features inserts with bronzed finish and a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Wood

Funquetry Pleated Secretaire in oak wood with Middle Easter marquetry patterns
By Nada Debs
The aim of this collection is to create a new dialogue around craft that has room for playfulness and joy too. It is reflected in the Funquetry pleated secretaire, a compartment desk...
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21st Century and Contemporary Lebanese Modern Desks

Materials

Leather, Wood, Oak

Contemporary Console Table Mona
By Railis Kotlevs
This elegant console table is crafted of solid wood, supported by elegant legs in solid brass. Asymmetrical velvet lined drawers are ideal for displaying your finest jewelry, while t...
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2010s Latvian Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Gianfranco Ferre Glasgow Dressing Table in Metal and Glass Top
By Gianfranco Ferré
Evolution of the Glasgow line presented at the Salone del Mobile 2018, the night series that includes a toilet and nightstand combines the linearity of the design with the complexity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks

Materials

Metal

Gianfranco Ferré Royal Dressing Table in Metal with Bronze Finish
By Gianfranco Ferré
A perfect blend between tradition and modernity, the Royal toilette doesn't play only the role of a simple supporting furniture but turns itself into a decorative piece able to enhan...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks

Materials

Metal

Gianfranco Ferre Royal Dressing Table in Metal with Mahogany Finish
By Gianfranco Ferré
Structure in multi-layer poplar. Wood finishing and details in fabric or leather from GF Home collection. Handles in metal and leather. The Royal Dressing table with structure in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks

Materials

Metal

Baraka Desk with Aged Brushed Brass and Casted Brass Details
By Brabbu
Baraka is an ancient Sufi word that means ''a blessing - as the breath -, or essence of life'' from which the evolutionary process unfolds. Charismatic by its never-ending contrasts ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks

Materials

Brass, Brass

1 of 2 Stunning Aluminium Aeroplane Wing Desks or Writing Tables Large Sized
By Coach
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning hand-hammered aluminium aeroplane wing style desk or writing table I have two of these for sale, the other is listed under my oth...
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20th Century English Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

1 of 2 Stunning Aluminium Aeroplane Wing Desks Nice Writing Tables Large Sized
We are delighted to offer for sale this seriously cool hand-hammered, aluminium aeroplane wing style desk or writing table I have two of these for sale, the other is listed under...
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20th Century English Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Leon Rosen Medina Desk For Pace Collection
Leon Rosen designed desk for The Pace Collection with contrasting ebony and burl veneers. Three center drawers are spring loaded and open with just a touch. Just refinished.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

Boulevard Writing Desk in Black Lacquered with Leather Top
By Boca Do Lobo
Boulevard is sometimes used to describe an elegantly wide road, such as those in Paris, approaching the Champs-Élysées. As a tribute to this characteristic Parisian road, Boca do lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Stainless Steel Desk, France, 1970s
Manufactured in the 1970s, stainless steel desk with unusual details and placements.
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Desks

Materials

Stainless Steel

Manu Desk in Lacquered Wood and Glass
By Boca Do Lobo
The exquisite Coolors collection by Boca do Lobo blends sophistication and modern refinement into a very elegant decorative furniture like Manu writing desk, a piece of furniture ins...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks

Materials

Wood, Glass