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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Writing Table with Elephant Head Legs
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Mid century Italian one drawer writing table with a walnut top having a decorative beveled edge on a pickled or white washed bleached walnut base with a pleated apron and carved elep...
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20th Century Italian Anglo-Indian Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Ennio Fazioli Writing Desk MIM Roma Italy 1958
By Ennio Fazioli
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice and large sized rosewood writing desk designed by Ennio Fazioli and was designed after the Terni series which was designed by Ico Parisi and manufactured by MIM Roma, Italy...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Contemporary beauty desk, makeup table, jewel case, mirror. Lacquered oak, brass
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Beauty desk with simple lines and sophisticated details. Vivian is ideal for intimate environments such as a boutique-hotel or a private residence. A brass box contains two jewel box...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

21st Century Modern Castelo Console Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern Castelo console handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple Castelo console materials Wooden console with main structure lacquered in satin black. Tab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine, Carrara Marble, Marble, Onyx, Steel, Brass

19th Century Mahogany Partners Desk Stamped Gillows
Located in Martlesham, GB
A superb 19th Century mahogany partners desk stamped Gillows, the thumb moulded edge top having a green leather writing surface decorated with blind tooling, each side of the desk ha...
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1840s British Early Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Desk Table Modern Glass Crystal Limited Edition Design
Located in Ancona, Marche
The slim desk 'Origami' is made of extra-clear glass. Desk dimension: L 120 W 50 H 75 cm. The inspiration for origami came from the observation of a simple piece of paper which, bein...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass

21st Century Charles 10 Desk, White Ebony, White Maple and Brass, Made in Italy
By Stefano Trapani, Hebanon Fratelli Basile
Located in Nocera Superiore, Campania
A contemporary and refined reworking of the Charles X secretaire rouleaux. The Charles 10 desk is an expression of the increasingly interconnected contemporary man, secretly buildin...
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Biedermeier Secretaire, Walnut Veneer, Cherry, Ebony, South Germany circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Very elegant, neoclassical early Biedermeier Secretaire from Southwest Germany, circa 1820. Outstanding book-matched walnut veneer on softwood, French polished with shellac. Ebony...
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1820s German Biedermeier Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Magnificent English 19th Century Faux Painted Marbleized Pedestal Writing Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
British desk with faux painted original surface and hand painted marbleized green banding. The rectangular top, protected by removable glass, is a writing surface above three frieze ...
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19th Century English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Vintage British Colonial Barley Twist Leg Leather Top Desk
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Handsome British Colonial barley twist leg desk with three drawers & leather top.
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20th Century British Colonial Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Italian 19th C. Smaller-Sized Desk with Leather Writing Pad Top & Single Drawer
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian smaller-sized desk, with leather writing pad top, from the 19th century. This antique table from Italy features a rectangular-shaped top, fitted with a camel-colored leath...
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19th Century Italian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Leather

Midcentury Monumental Harvey Probber Curved Surfboard Executive Desk
Located in west palm beach, FL
Spectacular Midcentury Harvey Probber executive desk. Impressive in size with a curved surfboard two tone top. Rests on slender blades to give the desk the appearance of floating. A ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Rosewood Jens Quistgaard for Peter Lovig Nielsen Flip Top Executive Desk
Located in Seattle, WA
Extremely rare Flip top partner's desk by Jens Quistgaard for Peter Lovig Nielsen in rosewood with brass fittings. Retains original trays for the upper level cubbies. The top shelf o...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Hand, Sculpted Desk, Signed by Lukasz Friedrich
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand, sculpted desk, signed by Lukasz Friedrich Desk “Gloomy Sunday” Measures: 110 x 50 H 76 cm Finish: raw, waxed steel with brass drawer knob Top: dyed and oiled oak veneer (other...
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2010s European Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

French Early 19th Century Provincial Farmhouse Carved Oval Dining Table
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Wonderful size in this French early 19th century provincial farmhouse style walnut oval table that could serve many uses: intimate dining table, desk, or floating side table or cente...
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19th Century French French Provincial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Florence Knoll for Knoll Oval Oak Dining Table or Desk
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Florence Knoll in 1961 to replace the traditional imposing office desks, the Table Desk combines a sleek silhouette with perfect proportions to create a simple...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Casablanca Brass, Mexican Walnut and Black Leather Desk / Nomade Atelier Design
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
A striking balance between sharp edges and soft leather pocketing is found in the Casablanca desk by contemporary Nomade Atelier ´s Mexican design. Secret compartments for storing sm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Jules Wabbes Writing or Dining Table in Wengé
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jules Wabbes, dining or writing table, wengé, steel, Belgium, 1960s This executive writing table by Jules Wabbes features a solid wengé wooden top, made out of tangentially sawn ...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

English Arts & Crafts Aesthetic Movement Elm Wood Desk with Contrasting Inlay
Located in New York, NY
English Arts & Crafts (Aesthetic Movement) double pedestal table elm and burl wood desk with a canted corner top having multi-wood inlay and a green & brown leather writing surface. ...
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20th Century British Arts and Crafts Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl, Elm, Leather

Rare Walnut Desk by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House, circa 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Impressive and rare walnut desk designed by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House, NY, circa 1950s. Walnut case design features ebony stripes, caned back, and brass hardware. Comple...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Early Victorian Burl Walnut 2 Pedestal Desk
Located in New York, NY
Early Victorian Burl Walnut 2 Pedestal Desk With Cigar box mahogany drawers & brass hardware With 3 keys. Also comes with later glass top
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1840s English Early Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Charming French 19th Century Pine Provincial Desk or Side Table
Located in Hopewell, NJ
This French Provincial country pine table could serve many uses: as an intimate dining table, a desk, a side table, console, or could be cut down for a beautiful coffee table. Classi...
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19th Century French French Provincial Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

PH Office Desk, Chrome, Black Painted Polished, Leather on Panles, Satin Matt
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bold and colorful, this desk will add style and character too your working day. Poul Henningsen designed this masterpiece in 1935. A harmony of striking aesthetics and practicality, ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

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

Angled French Desk with Drawers in Solid Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Desk, pine, iron, France, 1960s This wonderful French desk features a dynamic shape. The tabletop is angled and ends in a triangular shape at one end. One compartment of drawers a...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Jasper Morrison for Vitra White NesTable
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Jasper Morrison in 2007, the NesTable is the perfect combination of sleek design and modern practicality. The NesTable is a versatile piece which allows wor...
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2010s German Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Mid-Century Danish Desk in Walnut
Located in Houston, TX
Desk and chair are made out of fine walnut wood, highly polished. Rectangular table top displaces beautiful wood grain. It has 3 spacious drawers. Desk is elevated by 4 long slim leg...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Ebonized Wood All Black MiMi Console or Tiny Desk by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The faceted geometry of the MiMi console table creates a slender, elegant profile punctuated with angled surfaces that capture light. This sculptural and graceful design looks great ...
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2010s Italian Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Plywood, Birch

19th Century Walnut Library Table
Located in Cheshire, GB
19th century walnut library table, the large rectangular top with rounded corners having tooled inset leather writing surface. The frieze is fitted with two freeze drawers supported ...
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19th Century British Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Armona Desk Matt Walnut Polished Onyx Champagne Lacquered Dark Oxidized Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Desk with top in walnut veneer matt finish and inlay details in dark oxidised brass with a high-gloss finish and polished Shadow onyx. Wooden legs lacquered in high-gloss champagne-c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

18th Century Swedish Rococo Period Secretary with Library
Located in Wichita, KS
A Swedish Rococo period slant-front secretary from the 18th century in two parts with original bronze hardware. The slant-front opens to reveal 9 small drawers and a centre pigeon ho...
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18th Century Swedish Rococo Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Paint

Sistelo 6-Seat Dining Table Oak Root Black Champagne Lacquer Brushed Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Dining table with top in oak root veneer with satin finish and details in high-gloss champagne-colored bronze powder. Wooden base lacquered in satin black and inlay metal details in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel

Menir Console American Oak Black Calacatta Black Veins Lacquered Champagne Black
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Console main structure in American oak veneer, open-pore black stained matte finish with a marble detail in polished Calacatta black vein. Wooden faceted legs lacquered in satin blac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Onyx, Carrara Marble, Brass

Direttorio Writing Desk
Located in Milan, IT
Strict and classic lines for the small and large Direttorio Writing desks. Pieces, which combine function and elegance making each room unique and timeless. This writing desk is made...
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2010s Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Leather

Directoire Style Desk with Cylinder Top, France, 19th Century
Located in Belmont, MA
Directoire style desk with cylinder top, France 19th century Mahogany veneer with satinwood inlays. This elegant little desk is perfect for a small working space. The writing top fo...
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1860s French Directoire Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Satinwood

Custom Walnut Desk with Drawer, Made to Order by Petersen Antiques
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This desk made from walnut is seen here in 44" x 28" x 30" H, however it can be built in any size. Because each table is bench-made in our own Los Angeles workshop you can influe...
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2010s North American American Craftsman Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Walnut

Chiado Console Backlit Patagonia Granite Red Leather Champagne Black Lacquered
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden console with main structure lacquered in satin black. Tabletop in polished Patagonia granite backlit with LED light. Semicircular wooden base upholstered in dark red premium I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite, Onyx, Marble, Brass

Danish Desk in Teak with Five Drawers
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Desk with drawers, teak, brass, Denmark, 1950s Functional desk with lockable drawers. This Scandinavian Modern desk is made of teak wood in a warm color tone. Underneath the table...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

President's 1930 Desk by Jean-Michel Frank for Ecart International
By Adolphe Chanaux & Co., Ecart International, (after) Jean Michel Frank
Located in Renens, CH
This incredibly elegant and impressive desk has been designed in the 1930's by Jean Michel Frank, the iconic French designer who nowadays is still considered as the master of minimal...
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1980s French Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Exceptional Paul Frankl Free-Standing Desk in Mahogany and Cork
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, rare free-standing desk, cork, mahogany, brass, United Stated, 1940s Rare desk by Paul Frankl designed in the 1940s. Two compartments of drawers...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Cork

21st Century Modern Armona Dining Table Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Armona 10-Seat Dining Table Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Armona 10-Seat Dining Table Materials Bean-shaped table top with two...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

17th Century Style Walnut Refectory Desk Table with Dentil Edge, Custom Size
Located in Encinitas, CA
Introducing our latest 17th Century refectory style antique reproduction design - Bellini's Old Walnut LIRA writing table handcrafted in aged solid Italian walnut with a carved denti...
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2010s Italian Baroque Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Iron

21st Century Modern Castelo Console Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern Castelo console handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple Castelo console materials Wooden console with main structure lacquered in satin black. Table t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel

Minimalist Travertine Concrete Industrial Pedestal Dining Table
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Nothing short of amazing. Solid travertine dining table straight from Italy. Has the appearance of polished concrete. A clear finish could be applied to bring out more of the color i...
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20th Century Industrial Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine

Chiado Console Blue Leather Champagne Black Lacquered Brushed Brass Oak Root Top
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden console with top in oak root veneer with satin finish. Top base in brushed brass with a high-gloss finish. Semi-circular wooden base upholstered in light blue premium Italian ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Carrara Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel

19th Century Masonic Table W Leather Flip Lid Compass Legs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Rare and fabulous 19th century faux book with compass legs as legs. Mustard paint on the legs with Gilt on the pages of the leather bound book. Looks to be original tassle.. Possibly...
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1860s American Folk Art Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Hardwood, Paint

Modern Brass Parsons Table by Edelman New York
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

Materials

Brass

J1 Blackened Steel Desk by Edelman New York
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

21th Century Desk Wight Ebony and Black Leather with Metal Leg by Aymeric Lefort
Located in SENLIS, OISE
A semi-circular black lacquered metal legged desk with a white ebony veneer top and black leather desk blotter. The top of the back legs ends with a LED light. Information about the...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Little Shanghai Desk in Olive Wood and Black Sycamore Silver Painted Leg
Located in SENLIS, OISE
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

Oslo Belmont Desk in Ash by Studio Moe
Located in Portland, OR
Combining utility with elegance, this desk is a graceful statement in any home or office. Our handcrafted dovetailed drawers and elegant joinery unite, making sitting down to work a ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

Oslo Writing Desk in Ash by Studio Moe
Located in Portland, OR
Look to the clean lines and natural keep-it-simple design of the Oslo Writing Desk, to bring inspiration to your next idea or project. A single spacious dovetailed drawer provides ut...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

Pierre Jeanneret Pigeonhole Desk, India, 1950s
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Iconic office desk by Pierre Jeanneret for the administration buildings in Chandigarh, India, 1950s.
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1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rosewood, Leather

19th Century Adjustable Drafting Table in Cast Iron
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this 19th century adjustable drafting table in cast iron. The table supported by a finely cast iron base. The height is adjusted at the turn of a knob.
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1920s American Industrial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Desk, Shagreen with Brass and Palm Wood Details, Three Drawers, in Stock, New
Located in New York, NY
Decorative shagreen desk with palm wood and brass details. The desk is finished all around. Desk legs are beautifully curved with palm wood and shagreen. The desk has a brass desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Philippine Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Presidential Style Desk Attributed to Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno
Located in London, GB
Large Presidential style desk in rosewood veneer. The metal tripod feet have practical castors whilst the left hand drawer unit pivots. There are three drawers on the right and the o...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Regency Tessellated Stone Curved Elephant Desk and Matching Chair
Located in west palm beach, FL
Vintage Regency writing desk and chair. Beautiful curved top with a tessellated stone surface. Striking matching chair. All tusks intact. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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1990s Philippine Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

1920s Classical Mahogany Drop-Leaf Table
Located in Armonk, NY
1920s classical mahogany drop-leaf table A splendid mahogany drop-leaf table with bronzed knob pull drawer, hand-carved acanthus detail, and bronzed pedestal leg tips. Can use thi...
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1920s American American Classical Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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.