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Constructivist Oak Tables or Desks, Italy, 1950s
Located in London, GB
These charming tables – for use as desks or dining – are made from solid wood have a lovely handmade quality to them. They are unmarked and possibly prototypes, with a design aesthet...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

An Italian Late 19th Century Bleached Wood Dining Table with Lyre Shaped Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian late 19th century dining table. This exquisite dining table features a carved lyre shaped base (with cross stretcher), ornate with a fleur-de-lys, scrolls and volutes depi...
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19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Wood

Desk with Drawers, Mid Century Modern Wood Copper / by Brazilian Atelier BAM
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawer is a study upon Mid Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design, this furniture piece...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper

Achille Castiglioni for Zanotta Adjustable Table ‘Leonardo’ in Beech
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Achille Castiglioni for Zanotta, adjustable desk ‘Leonardo’, beech, laminated wood, Italy, design 1969. Italian architect and designer Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) designed the...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

J1 Blackened Steel Desk
Located in New York, NY
The hot rolled J Desk is New York sleek. She's hot and cool, smooth and effortless. Dark, but transparent about it. Hides nothing, elevating your home character. Featuring remova...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

21st Century by Arch.K.Hacke Marble Table/Desk with Metal Drawers
Located in massa, IT
Marble table/desk with metal drawers designed by K.Hacke Size: cm. 200 x 88 x 75 H. Materials: White Carrara - Black Marquinia - Calacatta - Imperial Bardiglio Designed by: Klau H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Midcentury Scandinavian Teak Half-Moon Desk, circa 1960
Located in New York, NY
This sleek, demilune desk in beautifully finished teak features an elegant drawer and three well-proportioned legs.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Michael Taylor, Modernist Desk, United States, 1985
Located in New York, NY
Rectangular travertine desk by American designer Michael Taylor.
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1980s American Minimalist Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine

Art Deco French Macassar Desk
Located in Houston, TX
The top of the desk has curvilinear shape. It attached to the spacious drawers on both sides. On the right here is one big drawer with a small round handle, on the left there is four...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Jules Deroubaix Art Deco Writing in Burled Elm and Gilt Bronze France circa 1935
Located in New York, NY
Burled elm, original gilt bronze sabots. Jules Deroubaix was the best craftsman of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann. The pieces made after Ruhlmann's passing are often reminiscent of Ruhlma...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Bauhaus Large Desk in Wood and Tubular Metal, circa 1930
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bauhaus desk designed by unknown designer, circa 1930. Manufactured in Netherlands. Tubular structure, wood. This desk is made of a metal tubular structure and wood, all manufac...
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1930s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

A Swedish Baroque Style Wooden Table With Carved Apron, Early 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
An exquisite Swedish early 19th century Baroque style wooden table / desk. With its richly carved apron featuring volute ornaments, natural finish, cross stretcher and turned legs, ...
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19th Century Swedish Baroque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1930s Art Deco Flat Desk, One-Drawer, Beech, Walnut, Japanese Inspired, Italy
Located in Girona, ES
Art Deco flat desk with one-drawer, beech structure with walnut veneer. Japanese inspired base with a solid walnut undulant moulding as the encircled base of top and drawer, French p...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech, Walnut

Bauhaus Desk by Erich Diekmann, Rosewood Veneer, Restored, Germany, 1920s
Located in Regensburg, DE
Original restored Bauhaus desk by Erich Diekmann in wonderful Palisander / rosewood veneer with silver colored metal hardware. Design: Erich Diekmann, 1923-1925, attributed to Ma...
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1920s German Bauhaus Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel, Nickel

Midcentury French Desk in White Oakwood
Located in Houston, TX
Midcentury French desk in white oakwood Desk is made out of white oakwood. It has its natural look all the way at the edges of the desk top and legs are made out of ebonized oakwo...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

English Regency Style Partners Desk with Leather Top, 20th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
English Regency style partners desk with leather top, 20th century. Height from floor to bottom of drawers is 25".
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20th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Maitland Smith Vintage Chinoiserie Carlton Desk Writing Table Black Lacquer
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent vintage black lacquer chinoiserie Carlton desk by Maitland Smith. Age appropriate wear but still in great shape. And replete with Carlton style lines, circa 1970s. Featur...
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1970s Chinoiserie Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Secretaire a Abattant, Drop Front Desk, France, 1840
Located in Belmont, MA
This secretaire a abattant or drop front desk is an absolute masterpiece. It dates back to around 1840 and was made in France. We can determine its place of origin because of a gold ...
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1840s French Louis Philippe Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Burr Oak Table with Live Edge by Jonathan Field
Located in London, GB
Made from solid English Burr oak selected for its visual character, the bespoke size is 160 cm x 80 cm x 74cm High. Finished with a two-part resin and water-based polyurethane that ...
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2010s English Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Large Study Desk with Natural Linoleum Top, Customizable Writing Table
By &New
Located in Leicester, GB
This large study desk is made with a burgundy powder coated steel frame and a deep red linoleum top made from all natural ingredients, such as flax, wood flour and limestone. The fur...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Ornate French Louis XV Style Two Sided Walnut and Ormolu Bureau Plat Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
An impressively elegant French Louis XV style walnut and ormolu mounted figural bureau plat desk having herringbone marquetry, rectangular desktop inset with a gilt tooled black leat...
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1950s French Louis XV Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Custom Modern Style Oak and Marble Pedestal Base Dining Table Desk
Located in North York, ON
Carrocel custom designed and built modern dining table with an acid wash flat cut oak top with clean cut edges sitting on top of two diametrically opposed marble pedestal columns. Pe...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

Modern Brass Parsons Table/Desk
Located in New York, NY
- Designed and manufactured by Female Founded Design Firm - Made by hand in the USA - Made to order - Custom adjustments available - Measures: L 66” x W 28” x H 30”.
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Maison Dominique Domin, Genevriére Art Deco Veneer Writing Desk or Vanity Table
Located in Firenze, IT
Exceptionally rare executive corner writing desk or vanity table branded Dominique, Paris. This beyond beautiful Art Deco period French writing table by Maison Dominique was designe...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

George Nelson Desk in Rosewood from Herman Miller 1960s United States
Located in Tuscany, IT
George Nelson designer writing desk in rose wood legs in Stel from Hermann Miller Production 1960s United States.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Dramatic Karges Walnut Louis XV French Country Leather Top Two-Sided Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
French Louis XV style walnut bureau plat desk raised on elegant cabriole legs with ormolu wraparound sabot. The 3 drawers are decorated with gilt bronze handles and the back is also ...
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1970s North American Louis XV Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Black Desk with Drawer, Wood and Metal Legs, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawers is a study on Mid-Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. By Atelier BAM Design. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

One of a Kind Silver Surfer Convertible Desk and Coffee Table
Located in Coral Gables, FL
The Silver Surfer Desk is a one of a kind surfboard shaped desk that has elements of timeless elegance and futuristic tones. A keen proponent of sustainability, Brevard’s handcrafted...
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2010s North American Desks and Writing Tables

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Zinc

Finn Juhl Nyhavn Desk & Table, 1st Edition, 1945 by Illums Bolighus, København
Located in Munster, NRW
Finn Juhl - BO69 Nyhavn Desk / Table and detachable flip-down leaf in teak. 1st Edition, 1945 by ILLUMS BOLIGHUS KØBENHAVN (labelled underneath) When Finn Juhl established his fi...
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1940s Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

French Louis XV Style Ebonized and Ormolu Mounted Leather Top Bureau Plat
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This elegant vintage French ebonized and ormolu-mounted bureau plat, dating to the late 20th century, features a gilt tooled black leather writing surface surrounded by a gilt bronze...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Lucite and Walnut floating Desk
Located in Ballard, CA
A highly engineered modernist desk made from a walnut (or oak, mahogany, or rosewood veneer) case “floating” on a Lucite base, which is affixed by custom-designed hardware. Custom si...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Italian Travertine Dining Table or Desk, 1980s
Located in Austin, TX
High style dining table or desk with travertine stone top inset to ebony painted hardwood frame. Very heavy and well-constructed. Dark wood frame recently touched up. Beautiful condi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine

Antique Spanish Baroque Lime Wood Writing Table or Desk with Turned Legs
Located in Casteren, NL
This beautiful Spanish Baroque desk or writing table is made of solid lime wood with bold turned legs joined by wrought iron stretchers. It has hand carved decorations across the fr...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Baroque Desks and Writing Tables

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Wrought Iron

Late 19th Century Gothic Revival Oak Library Table or Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Gothic Revival trestle library table or desk from the late 19th century is made out of oak and features two compartmentalized drawers. The characteristic finials can be attribut...
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Late 19th Century Gothic Revival Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Deep Green Study Desk with Natural Linoleum Table Top, Customizable
By &New
Located in Leicester, GB
The &New Study desk is made with a deep green powder-coated steel frame and a color matched natural linoleum tabletop. The linoleum for our desks is selected for the ecological prope...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Regency Burl Yew and Ebony Writing Table
Located in New York, NY
Fine Regency period burr oak and ebony writing table in the manner of George Bullock, the leather lined top with gilt tooling and burr oak and ebony banding, over two cedar lined dra...
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19th Century Regency Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Desk 'La Vuelta' by Perry King & Santiago Miranda
Located in Dronten, NL
Desk with free standing roll cabinet container model 'La Vuelta' designed by Perry King & Santiago Miranda in the late 1980s. This model is called 'La Vuelta' after the Spanish bicyc...
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1980s Spanish Post-Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Nº192 Escritoire by Avoirdupois - A wood and metal desk with glass top
Located in New York, NY
The Nº192 Escritoire is composed of two triplicating side cabinets made from walnut standing on polished aluminum legs bridged by a glass desk top. Collection Nº1 / Tripartite is the...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Aluminum

Contemporary Table/Desk Hitan Aluminium by Chapel Petrassi
Located in Le Perreux-sur-Marne, FR
Hitan is a multifunctional table entirely covered by metal HPL Laminates. Its minimalist structure comprises a rectangular top supported by four square cross-section legs. The m...
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1970s Signed Pierre Cardin Olive Burl and Brass Extension Dining Table or Desk
Located in Hudson, NY
Elegant signed Pierre Cardin olive burl dining table with brass accents. Measures 6 feet long with no leaves and has two 18" leaves. Fully extended is 9 feet long. This piece wo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Italian 19th Century Walnut Desk with Single Drawer and Tapered Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian walnut desk from the 19th century, with single drawer and tapered legs. Created in Italy during the 19th century, this walnut desk features a rectangular single planked to...
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19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Handsome 19th Century English Double Pedestal Desk with Tan Leather Top
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Handsome English double pedestal desk with grain painted, paneled sides, arched front, and 4 drawers in each pedestal on one side. Tooled light tan leather top in good condition. Fr...
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19th Century English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Oak

Modern Karl Springer Style Desk, Leather Back by Lorin Marsh
Located in Stamford, CT
A modern Karl Springer style desk, leather back by Lorin Marsh. This sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern style desk can sit center stage in any home or office. The wonderfully desig...
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Epic Metal Desk by Soraya Osorio
Located in Clinton Corners, NY
The Epic metal desks semi-circle embodies power and confidence. Handcrafted in smoke black steel and grazed aged brass. Featured in Elle Decor Designed and Handcrafted by Soraya ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Steel

1970s Bauhaus Style Executive Desk Table
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
Very beautiful Bauhaus style executive desk table in rosewood veneer table top and chrome tubular frame.
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Mid-20th Century Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Black Desk Files Drawers, Wood and Metal, Brazilian Mid Century Modern Style
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Marajoara desk with drawers and files (optional) is a study on Mid Century Modern utilitarian furniture, with Brazilian Native Arte Reference. In tribute to Lina Bo Bardi's design, ...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Rosewood Desk by Thorben Valeur and Henning Jensen
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A very nice classic Scandinavian Modern Santos rosewood desk. Santos rosewood (Machaerium Scleroxylon) is not on the Cites list, so there is no problem with import or export.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

1970s Cerused Oak and Rattan Writing Desk by McGuire
Located in Hudson, NY
A beautiful 1970s writing desk by McGuire, with a very nice Cerused oak finish and rattan trim, with patinated brass drawer hardware. Wonderful details and scale.
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1970s American Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rattan, Oak

French Louis XV Period Carved and Shaped Walnut 1-Drawer Table, Mid-18th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
From the Rococo period with a uniquely shaped top having a serpentine front and sides with a straight back, the case with a carved vine motif and housing one drawer, raised on cabrio...
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1750s French Rococo Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Shagreen Writing Desk with Bright Brass Inlaid Legs by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
The iconic desk is the perfect piece for your room. An incredible “duo” between the cream shagreen top and bright bronze-patina brass base. The inlay work on the legs makes this Clas...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Contemporary Trestle Table "Work" in Solid White Oak by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Introduced in 2016, WORK table is a contemporary take on the traditional working tables used by artists and designers for centuries. The table has height adjustable trestles made of...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

19th Century Empire Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Desk after Jacob-Desmalter
Located in Belgium, BE
Exceptional 19th century Empire style desk after a design from Jacob-Desmalter Made of flamed mahogany supported on the heads of four finely cast gilt bronze female caryatids, and r...
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1870s French Empire Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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

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

Midcentury Italian Design Desk Vittorio Dassi Rosewood Brass Feet Glass Top
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Articulated Italian design desk Vittorio Dassi rosewood brass feet glass top, 1950.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

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

Amorph Astra Desk, Nickel 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, an ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

An 18th Century Walnut Wood Trestle Table with Arched Iron Stretcher from Italy
Located in Atlanta, GA
A late 18th century Italian trestle table with iron stretcher. This antique table from Italy features a rectangular-shaped top from a single piece of walnut wood, which is raised upo...
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18th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Desks and Writing Tables

Choosing the perfect writing desk or writing table is a profoundly personal journey, one that people have been embarking upon for centuries.

Queen Atossa of Persia, from her writing table circa 500 B.C., is said to have been the originator of the art of handwritten letters. Hers was reportedly the first in a long and colorful history of penned correspondence that grew in popularity alongside literacy. The demand for suitable writing desks, which would serve the composer of the letters as well as ensure the comfort of the recipient naturally followed, and the design of these necessary furnishings has evolved throughout history.

Once people began to seek freedom from the outwardly ornate styles of the walnut and rosewood writing desks and drafting tables introduced in the name of Queen Victoria and King Louis XV, radical shifts occurred, such as those that materialized during the Art Nouveau period, when designers longed to produce furniture inspired by the natural world’s beauty. A prime example is the work of the famous late-19th-century Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí — his rolltop desk featured deep side drawers and was adorned with carved motifs that paid tribute to nature. Gaudí regularly combined structural precision with decorative elements, creating beautiful pieces of wood and metal.

Soon afterward, preferences for sleek, geometric, stylized forms in furniture that saw an emphasis on natural wood grains and traditional craftsmanship took hold. Today, Art Deco desks are still favored by designers who seek to infuse interiors with an air of luxury. One of the most prominent figures of the Art Deco movement was French decorator and furniture designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. With his use of neoclassical motifs as well as expensive and exotic materials such as imported dark woods and inlays of precious metals for his vintage writing desks, Ruhlmann came to symbolize good taste and modernity.

The rise in appreciation for Scandinavian modernism continues to influence the design of contemporary writing desks. It employs the “no fuss” or “less is more” approach to creating a tasteful, sophisticated space. Sweden’s master cabinetmaker Bruno Mathsson created gallery-worthy designs that are as functional as they are beautiful. Finnish architect Alvar Aalto never viewed himself as an artist, but, like Mathsson, his furniture designs reflected a fondness for organic materials and a humanistic approach. Danish designers such as Hans Wegner introduced elegant shapes and lines to mid-century desks and writing tables, often working in oak and solid teak.

From vintage desks to contemporary styles, 1stDibs offers a broad spectrum of choices for conducting all personal and business writing and reading activities.