Skip to main content

Modern Secretaires

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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

Applied Filters17 results
Style:Modern
13
4
to
3
Item Location
9
7
104
90
80
80
58
13
4
2
4
7
Height
to
Width
to
Depth
to
16
7
3
3
2
17
14
15
12
4
3
3
3
2
1
1
1
1
Danish Cabinet Maker Mahogany Secretary, ca.1920's
Located in Dallas, TX
Danish cabinetmaker Cuban mahogany secrétaire .Front with eight drawers, two of which are a concealed flip-down writing pad with small drawers.
Category

1920s Danish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

Cube Cabinet by Jean-Baptiste Van den Heede
Located in Geneve, CH
Cube cabinet by Jean-Baptiste Van den Heede Signed and numbered Dimensions: L 30 x W 30 x H 90 cm Materials: Natural oakwood, nordic pine base Cube cabinet, auxiliary furniture...
Category

2010s Spanish Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Enrique Garcel Sculptural Desk
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful shaped Enrique Garcel desk is a waterfall bowed sculptural entity. It retains the original faux finish resin over wood. It has 2 pullout drawers and an apron front on ...
Category

1970s Colombian Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Resin, Wood

John Stuart Two-Drawer White Lacquered Wood Desk with X-Chrome Base and Chrome
Located in North Miami, FL
This newly restored vintage John Stuart campaign 2 drawer desk and or writing desk is white lacquered over wood with chrome handles and 2 X-frame bases. It was manufactured by the We...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Chrome

Modernist Secretary Cabinet, Lacquered Wood, Chrome-Plated Metal, Customizable
Located in Berlin, DE
German modernism free-standing secretary cabinet designed and manufactured by GMD Berlin. Wood lacquering in various colors and finish. Available on request in different amounts. Del...
Category

2010s German Modern Secretaires

Materials

Steel

“Elefantini” Secrétaire by Roberto Rida, Italy, 2016
Located in New York, NY
Palm wood drop-down secretary/vanity, comprising a console-base supporting a cabinet decorated with 120 bronze elephants. The inside features a drawer with a bone pull. A matching be...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Secretaires

Materials

Bronze

John Kapel Studio Secretary Console
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Commonly known for his designs he licensed to Glenn of California, John Kapel, a contemporary of Sam Maloof, maintained a studio practice after his stint with George Nelson. His stud...
Category

1980s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Brass

Pierre Balmain Secretaire Desk with Flap with Signature, France, 1980s
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant Secretaire designed by Pierre Balmain original French. The piece of furniture is easily transformable by means of the flap door, which is pre to give space to a small desk. I...
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Brass

Citronnier Wood and Marquetry Secretaire by Englander & Bonta, Argentina, 1950
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Citronnier wood and marquetry secretaire by Englander & Bonta, Argentina, 1950. Englander & Bonta where two European designer that migrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1930 and man...
Category

1950s Argentine Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Hudson, NY
Golden Mahogany Danish modern chest of drawers / secretary by master-carpenter of veneered and solid mahogany, front with six drawers and handles of brass, middle drawer with pull-ou...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Pierre Balmain Secretaire with Flap, France 1980
Located in Milan, IT
Astonishing Pierre Balmain original French Secretaire with flap, 1980s This piece is a part of "Collection ambience internationale" designed by Pierre Balmain, circa 1980. This coll...
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Amuneal's Loft 4 Post Work Suite
Located in New York, NY
The loft work suite is a modular office system from Amuneal’s Loft shelving system. Posts in blackened steel are coupled with solid brass machined fittings in a champagne finish. The...
Category

2010s American Modern Secretaires

Materials

Brass, Brass, Steel

Secretary Desk by Antoine Philippon & Jacqueline Lecoq
Located in Paris, FR
Glass on the upper part Desk with storage on the median part Bottom part with drawers.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Modern Secretaires

Materials

Steel

early elios desk by antonio citterio
Located in Munich, DE
Very heavy and well made. Even the four legs are invisible high adjustable. An unique addition to every modern home with matching chair. Writing surface is 71cm high. Acquired from a...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Rare Louis Vuitton File Folder Case
Located in Great Barrington, MA
A very rare and unusual Louis Vuitton case, most likely a special order made in early 20th century. Exterior of the case is made of calf's leather, interior dyed leather. A deep blue...
Category

Early 20th Century French Modern Secretaires

Materials

Leather

Rare Lajos Kozma Bar Cabinet or Secretary
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Stunning and rare 1930s marquetry starburst front bar cabinet or secretary by Hungarian architect Lajos Kozma. The cabinet is in wonderful original condition with very few signs of age.
Category

1930s Hungarian Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

Rare Sesamo Secretary by Frattini for Bernini
Located in Munich, DE
Designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1981 and made by Bernini. Signed and in good condition.
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Related Items
Vladimir Kagan Walnut Cabinet
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1950s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Walnut

Teak and Marble Florence Knoll Executive Small Chest for Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1960s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Chrome, Marble, Teak

Pair of 1930s Danish Easy Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1930s Danish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Leather

Danish 1940s Easy Chair
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Cowhide

American 1960s Rosewood Bar Cabinet
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1960s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Rosewood

1940s Danish Free-Form Easy Chair
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Architect Design 1940s Danish Easy Chair
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Cowhide

Harvey Probber Mahogany Coffee Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1950s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

Svenskt Tenn Pewter Mirror Edvin Ollers, 1920s
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1920s Swedish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Pewter

Gilbert Rohde "Paldao" China Cabinet No. 4190
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1940s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Paldao

Eugen Höglund Carved Cabinet 1950s in Vetlanda Sweden
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Three Teak Cabinets by Børge Mogensen for P. Lauritsen & Son, BM.59
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Teak

Previously Available Items
Fornasetti 'Architettura' Trumeau with Concave Top
Located in New York, NY
Italian modern Fornasetti 'Architettura' trumeau with concave top and illuminated niche. The piece has a wooden structure, lacquered and printed with 18th century inspired lithograph...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Shelving System with Integrated Bar or Secretaire by Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Shelving system with integrated drop-front bar or secretaire by Osvaldo Borsani, with inset reverse-painted glass panel attributed to Lucio Fontana, manufactured by Arredamento Bors...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Brass

Swedish Art Moderne Secretary Writing Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gorgeous drop-front writing desk in rich combinations of wood with inset parquetry and crotch mahogany panels. Top drops down to reveal cubbyholes and drawers of golden flame birch a...
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

  • Swedish Art Moderne Secretary Writing Desk
  • Swedish Art Moderne Secretary Writing Desk
  • Swedish Art Moderne Secretary Writing Desk
  • Swedish Art Moderne Secretary Writing Desk
H 38.5 in. W 35 in. D 17.75 in.
Very Rare Desk by Berthet & Pochy, 1980, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Very rare desk by Berthet & Pochy, 1980, France. Design: Jean-Louis Berthet et Yves Pochy architects. Small edition by KS International, France. Black lacquered ash body mount...
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Metal

  • Very Rare Desk by Berthet & Pochy, 1980, France
  • Very Rare Desk by Berthet & Pochy, 1980, France
  • Very Rare Desk by Berthet & Pochy, 1980, France
  • Very Rare Desk by Berthet & Pochy, 1980, France
H 43.31 in. W 53.15 in. D 50.01 in.
1940s Burr Oak Secretaire
Located in London, GB
Lovely oak secrétaire made for/by Nordiska Kompaniet. Handles wrapped in wicker , everything else is oak. Great quality , even the drawers are lined in oak.
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Oak

  • 1940s Burr Oak Secretaire
  • 1940s Burr Oak Secretaire
  • 1940s Burr Oak Secretaire
  • 1940s Burr Oak Secretaire
H 53.94 in. W 39.38 in. D 35.44 in.
Modernist Willem Penaat Secretary Cabinet for Metz & Co, Netherlands, 1930
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare secretary cabinet was designed by Willem Penaat (1875-1957) and manufactured by Metz & Co in Amsterdam in 1930. Penaat worked as a furniture and interior designer for the ...
Category

1930s Dutch Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Chrome, Nickel

Secretaire by StyleArte, Italy, 1970s
Located in Greding, DE
Unusual secretaire, lacquered in blue with rhomboid and leaves decor. The top has a foldable writing surface and several drawers and compartments. The large drawer underneath has the...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Lacquer

  • Secretaire by StyleArte, Italy, 1970s
  • Secretaire by StyleArte, Italy, 1970s
  • Secretaire by StyleArte, Italy, 1970s
  • Secretaire by StyleArte, Italy, 1970s
H 51.19 in. W 45.28 in. D 17.33 in.
Vintage Secretaire by Ligne Roset, 1988
Located in Neervelp, BE
Elegant secretary desk by Pagnon Patrick & Pelhaitre Claude designed in 1988 for Ligne Roset. This rare and unique desk is made of high quality materials with steel legs, lacquere...
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Steel

  • Vintage Secretaire by Ligne Roset, 1988
  • Vintage Secretaire by Ligne Roset, 1988
  • Vintage Secretaire by Ligne Roset, 1988
  • Vintage Secretaire by Ligne Roset, 1988
H 36.62 in. W 43.71 in. L 36.62 in.
John Widdicomb for Mastercraft Burled Wood Desk with Brass Hardware
Located in North Miami, FL
This classic desk / executive desk by John Widdicomb for Mastercraft is burled wood and original brass hardware and legs. It is from the 1970s. It has 3 drawers; 2 on one side and 1 ...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Secretaires

Materials

Brass