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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Le Corbusier LC16 Desk and Shelve with Maison du Brésil and Cabanon Stools Set
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Writing desk designed by Le Corbusier in 1957. Relaunched in 2010. Maison du Brésil and Cabanon Stools designed by Le Corbusier in 1952-59. Relaunched in 2010. Manufactured by Cass...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Guillerme et Chambron Desk
Located in Culver City, CA
Beautiful oak “corner desk” with black granite top over three-drawer storage compartment. Guillerme et Chambron desk Measures: 74.5” W x 59.5” D x 30” H.
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Mid-20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite

Modern by Giuseppe Carpanelli Desyo Writing Desk Walnut Wood with Leather
Located in Desio, IT
Writing desk in Canaletto walnut. Pen-holder and predisposition for electrical outlets. Upholstery of drawers and basement available in leather, Nabuk, eco-leather and eco-nabuk. Han...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

MidCentury Brass and Goatskin Console Table, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Truly unique design for this mid-century console, refined materials such as goat leather and brass make it very and very precious. The console has a wooden structure, with three f...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Oak Art Deco Haagse School Desk or Writing Table by Hendrik Wouda for Pander
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and ultra rare Art Deco Haagse School desk or writing table. Design by Hendrik Wouda for H. Pander & Zonen. Striking Dutch design from the 1920s. Solid oak and oak ven...
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1920s Dutch Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Macassar, Oak

English Regency Mahogany Sofa Table, Early 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
An early 19th century English Regency mahogany sofa table with reeded edge, 2 drawers, drop leaves and reeded splayed legs below ending in brass castor feet.   
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Carlo de Carli Important Desk in Wood Glass and Brass, 1950s Published
Located in Milano, IT
Important and rare desk by Carlo de Carli of the 1950s. With this desk Carlo de Carli poses the problem of overcoming a strictly rationalist approach and tries to give new life to hi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Desk
Located in New York, NY
A horizontal purple heart wood slab (natural colors) burned by 15,000 Volts through Vayreni in L.A. The burn pattern was then filled in with white gold by Callidus Guild in NYC. A sm...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Purpleheart

French One Drawer Desk
Located in Sheffield, MA
Lets start with a fantastic patina on this French desk with tapered legs. plenty of room for your legs under the apron. If you are looking for a simple antique desk for your home, yo...
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1850s French Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

George III Style Satinwood Kneehole Desk
Located in Cheshire, GB
George III style satinwood kneehole desk. The rectangular top with a crossbanded edge above a large freeze drawer. To the recessed cupboard door with similar crossbanded detail. flan...
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Early 20th Century British Desks and Writing Tables

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Satinwood

Midcentury French Desk in Walnut
Located in Houston, TX
Midcentury French desk Desk is rectangular table top, re-upholstered in a new graphite cowhide. It has a chrome trimming at the edges and beautiful wood grain is displaying on the...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Antique French Painted Wood Bonheur-du-jour or Occasional Table w/Single Drawer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French smaller-sized painted wood table, with single drawer, from the turn of the 18th and 19th century. This antique table from France features a rectangular-shaped top with lovel...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Classic by Carpanelli Book Writing Desk Briarwood
Located in Desio, IT
Its lines and volumes remind ones of a book. The solid wood structure is enriched by precious briarwood and rosewood filleting. The working of the top is elaborate and original: a rh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Other Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique Neoclassical Louis XVI Style Roll Top Desk by Gervais Durand
Located in London, GB
Antique neoclassical Louis XVI style roll top desk by Gervais Durand French, late 19th century Dimensions: Height 107cm, width 114cm, depth 64cm Beautifully crafted from mahogan...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Ormolu

Solid Mahogany Desk, with Secret Drawers, Shellac Finish
Located in Buggiano, IT
Solid mahogany desk, with secret drawers, shellac finish. Copy of antique desk made in 1995. Measures: Top height 77 cm. Total height 107 cm.
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1990s Italian Regency Revival Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

19th C. Italian Writing Desk w/Decorative Inlay & Sliding Top for Hidden Storage
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian smaller-sized writing desk with storage hidden beneath top from the 19th century. This super cute desk, or occasional table from Italy, is adorn with beautiful inlay on th...
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19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Fruitwood

Midcentury Sculptured Pine Desk by the Franklin Shockey Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-century Franklin Shockey atomic age nine drawer pedestal desk with brass hardware. The desk is made of solid wood and a part of the sculptured pine series. It features sleek roun...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Bodil Kjær Office Desk Table, Wood and Steel by Karakter
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Bodil Kjær in 1959. We are proud to present our first design from a Danish designer. In this case, Danish architect, professor, and designer, Bodil Kjær. The ic...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Blue and Brass Console, Royal Stranger
Located in Geneve, CH
Blue and brass console, royal stranger Dimensions: Width 160cm, height 90cm, depth 50cm Materials: lacquered body suspended by stainless steel coated in brass leg, docked on a matt...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Customizable Terrazzo Desk by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The terrazzo desk by Ercole Home is a stationary desk with a 2 door touch latch storage cabinet above. The doors are covered in our iconic Terrazzo pattern finish with an assortment...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Art Glass, Oak

Black Forrest
Located in Oldebroek, NL
Black forrest child desk extreme rare 1880 One of a kind The desk is complete restourated oak with walnut fineer.
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1880s Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

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

Italian Occasional Table with Floral Medallion Inlay Adorning Top, Early 19th C
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian occasional table or small writing desk from the early 19th century. This antique table from Italy is beautifully decorated with a fanned medallion inlay featured prominent...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Contemporary Walnut Home Office Secretary Desk
Located in Tolland, CT
A versatile desk for the home or office, our handcrafted secretary desk features a spacious work surface along with a tiered top, gadget drawer and cubby holes for ample storage. Cra...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Crooked Desk by Nazara Lazaro
Located in Geneve, CH
Crooked desk by Nazara Lazaro Dimensions: H 75 cm x W 170 cm x D 96 cm Materials: Massive oak with oil wax surface Also available in natural massive oak, walnut, and white lacqu...
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2010s German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Modern Walnut Writing Desk Vanity
Located in North York, ON
Modern walnut writing desk vanity. Featuring two tone dark walnut and white lacquer finish. Complemented with sleek brass hardware. Price includes complimentary curb side delivery...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Italian Neoclassical Walnut Table or Desk
Located in New York, NY
Italian Neoclassical walnut table or desk, late 18th century, the wide top the apron with single drawer with inlaid diamond lozenge motifs, raised on square tapered legs. Measures: 3...
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Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

English Ebonised Partners Two Drawer Desk with Black Leather Top
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1900s English mahogany partners desk with new ebonised finish and new black leather top. Two narrow locking drawers with brass hardware. Unknown maker. Has one key.
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Early 20th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Tocotta Demilune Desk by Don Killaby for CCN International
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning custom desk designed by Don Killaby and manufactured in the USA by CCN International in New York. Developed to highlight the superb craftsmanship for which CCN is known, ...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Italian 18th Century Renaissance Vanity, Desk with Two Chairs, Dressing Table
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Antique renaissance Vanity, desk with mirror and two chairs in carved ebonized walnut. Fabulous and elegant dressing table or desk Measure cm desk: H 73, W 88, D 55 Measure cm c...
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Early 19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut, Mirror

Solid Argentine Rosewood Twin Pedestal Luca Table from Costantini - In Stock
Located in New York, NY
The Luca table is one of Costantini’s signature and most specified pieces. It is shown in Argentine Rosewood finish, and is extremely colorful and durable. The design itself is under...
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2010s Argentine Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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

Modern Black Desk Credenza by Jacques Garcia Baker Rachmaninov
Located in North York, ON
Modern black desk credenza by Jacques Garcia Baker Rachmaninov. Featuring unique modern styling, finished in a black hand polished look. Complemented with sleek brass handles and met...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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

Nice Late 19th Century Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Bureau Plat
Located in New York, NY
A nice late 19th century Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted bureau plat The rectangular top with gilt-tooled leather writing-surface within a molded border, above a quarter-veneer...
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Late 19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Italian Chrome Lacquer Green Desk 1970s, Midcentury
Located in New York, NY
Italian chrome lacquer green desk 1970s, midcentury Unusual large green lacquer desk. Incredible lines. Although the maker is unknown it is clearly a designer piece from 1970s. ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Modern Organic Live Edge Slab Canopy Table Made from Sustainable Ancient Wood
Located in Papanui, Christchurch
The Canopy table was inspired by a walk through the New Zealand native forest, looking up to the tree canopy observing the tree trunks and branches. Canopy is a design metaphor of t...
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2010s New Zealand Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Reclaimed Wood

Chinese Partner's Desk with Puddingstone Top, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Finely crafted of lacquered elmwood, this stone top writing desk once stood centerpiece in the luxurious office of a well-to-do professional of the late Qing-dynasty. Known as a part...
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Stone

1920s Hand Painted White Lacquered Dressing Table with Matching Stool Italian
Located in London, GB
A beautiful and unique desk or dressing table with matching stool, hand painted in the "chinoiserie" style, painted in oil on a lacquered light cream shade of white base, wooden stru...
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1920s Chinoiserie Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

Rare Jules Wabbes Executive Corner Desk
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jules Wabbes, writing desk with drawer pieces, wenge wood tabletop, chrome frame, black drawers, Belgium, 1960s. This corner desk is designed by Jules Wabbes. The table is executed ...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Grand Art Deco Style Desk in Walnut from France
Located in Houston, TX
Art Deco Style table is made out of high quality walnut wood. It composed out of 2 spacious comportments with lots of room/drawers for storage. Both compartments are connected with e...
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20th Century French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Early 20th Century American Adjustable Work Table
Located in Chicago, IL
A compelling early 20th century American industrial work table with two sawhorse legs and an adjustable pine top. Perfect for a desk, work table, console table, or small dining table.
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

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

Osvaldo Borsani Table with Black Leather Inlay
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, desk/writing table, aluminum, lacquered wood and leather, Italy, 1970s. Desk table with a black top. The base consists of a two metal frames. The base cre...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Rare Paul McCobb Desk in Maple, 1950s, Multi-Level, Classic Modernist Design
Located in Buffalo, NY
Seldom seen Paul McCobb for Winchendom Furniture Company, desk, maple, United States, 1950s Elegant maple desk with one sided pedestal with a large storage compartment and three s...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Midcentury Freestanding Desk in Teak by Børge Mogensen, Danish Design, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak, designed by Maa. Børge Mogensen for Sobørg furniture. Great original condition.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Antique Mid-19th Century Ebonised Wood, Gilt Bronze and Pietra Dura Desk
Located in London, GB
Antique Mid-19th century ebonised wood, gilt bronze and Pietra Dura desk, French, c. 1860s Dimensions: Height 77cm, width 134cm, depth 78cm This Napoleon III period desk feature...
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Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Stone, Ormolu

Pierre Chapo Dressing Table R05A with Drawers in Solid Elm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Chapo, dressing table R05A, elm, 1960s This exquisitely crafted table with drawers combines a simplified yet complex design combined with nifty, solid construction details th...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Elm

Restored Roll-Top Vi-Ma Danish Teak Desk with Hidden Filing Cabinet
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Restored vintage Danish teak desk by Vi-Ma. The unassuming desk holds a very clever secret. Slide the table top to reveal a filing cabinet space. The standard size filing cabinet is ...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Nathanaël Le Berre 2018, Unique desk or console Tintoretto, Hammered Copper
Located in Paris, FR
Nathanaël LE BERRE 2018, Desk or Console Tintoretto, H 87 cm, L 130 cm, D 45 cm, hammered copper, brown patina , marketery of engraved patinated copper, unique piece, signed Nathana...
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2010s French Desks and Writing Tables

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Copper, Copper, Copper, Gold Leaf

Odyssey Modern Organic Ancient Wood Live Edge Slab Table, Polished Nickel Base
Located in Papanui, Christchurch
Tréology is about connecting people to nature through functional art. Odyssey was created after a road trip to New Zealand's wild West Coast to observe nature’s craft work. Looking d...
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2010s New Zealand Organic Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Nickel

1960s Walnut and Leather Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s walnut and leather desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Executed in walnut with leather lift top (with key) covering center filing compartment, which illuminates and contai...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

17th C Style Italian Natural Old Walnut Refectory Dining Table with Custom Sizes
Located in Encinitas, CA
Our classic 17th Century style Lira refectory Old Walnut dining table with our new Natural finish. Edge framed full length solid planks, lyre-shaped bases, handcrafted in aged premi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Baroque Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Timeless 1960s Inspired JFK Desk in Black Ash
Located in Copenhagen, DK
With its pure and simplistic design the 1960s inspired JFK Desk is designed for the stylish home office. The desk has a slim table top of ash veneer with three inbuilt drawers and st...
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2010s Slovenian Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

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

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

21st Century American Walnut Veneer Vanity Desk with Mirror
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman Design Studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawer ...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

21st Century Walnut and Brass Work Desk
Located in Istanbul, TR
"La Nouvelle Vanité" is a make up desk made of American walnut veneer with an arc shaped mirror behind, designed by Merve Kahraman design studio. This work/makeup desk has a drawe...
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2010s Turkish Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique and Vintage 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.