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Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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1960s Italian Restyled Desk Table with Carlo Ratti Chair
Located in Rome, IT
1960s Italian restyled desk table with matching Carlo Ratti chair set We carried out a complete restoration on this vintage Italian desk from the 60s and also some restyling opera...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Matteo Grassi "Metron" Boomerang Desk in Dark Cognac Leather, Italy 1970's
Located in Den Haag, NL
Matteo Grassi "Metron" Boomerang shaped desk completely in leather, Italy 1970's Wooden top and metal base covered in dark cognac leather. Sizes: length 240cm, sides 95cm, middle...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Vintage Teak Executive Desk by Florence Knoll
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage teak executive desk designed by architect and furniture designer Florence Knoll in the United States, circa 1960s. This iconic design, known as the partner's desk, f...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Desk Designed by Ole Wanscher for AJ Iversen, Denmark, 1950's
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rosewood and brass. Measures: H: 74cm / 29’’ W: 168 / 66 ¼’’ D: 84cm / 33’’.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Raymond Loewy for Mengel Buffet/ Desk/ Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Raymond Loewy versatile buffet/ desk/ dining table! Buffet that does everything! Nice Display area with lower storage. Leaf Pulls up to work as a Desk, but then pulls out more to wor...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

19th Century Antique Architects Metamorphic Writing Desk
Located in STOKE ON TRENT, GB
Architects table Erly 19th century architects writing mahogany desk, the top with central leather inset panel rising on ratchet support, and two hinged end panels. When you lif...
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19th Century European Antique Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Gianfranco Frattini Model 804 Rolltop Desk Bernini, Italy, 1962
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare and unusual roll-top desk model 804 designed by Gianfranco Frattini and manufactured by Bernini, Italy 1964. The desk is made of rosewood veneer and has a very nice shape. This ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Pierre Chapo, Model B40 Modular Executive Desk in Elm, France, c 1965
Located in New York, NY
This extraordinary desk carved from elm, has a broad top that rests upon two modular filing cabinets.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Elm

Mid-Century Modern Directional Aluminum Etagere w Glass Shelves & Desk, 1980s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a great, aluminum shelving unit etagere, with five glass shelves and an attached desk, by Directional, circa the 1980s. In very good vintage condition. The ...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Gio Ponti Small Desk Mid-Century Italian Design Laminate Brass Walnut
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Gio Ponti small desk mid-century Italian design laminate brass walnut. including Certificate of exspertire Gio Ponti Archive.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Bodil Kjaer Desk, Certified Rio Rosewood, Table, 1959 E. Pedersen & Søn Denmark
By E. Pederson, Bodil Kjaer
Located in Munster, NRW
Bodil Kjaer for E. Pedersen & Søn, table model 901, certified Rio Rosewood and chrome steel, Denmark, 1959, completely restored. An exceptionally beautiful version, the veneer s...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome, Steel

Robert Josten 1970s Metal Grid and Glass Desk with Wood Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unusual Robert Josten 1970s aluminum grid desk with glass top and wood chair. Chair dimensions: Height 36.5, width 14.5, depth 17.5, seat 19.75.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Italian Midcentury Cherry Desk, 1950s
Located in Paris, FR
20th century vintage Italian desk or vanity in the style of Ico Parisi composed of a restored cherrywood structure with compass legs and comprised of two drawers sizes 14 x 50 cm wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Adjustable Wood and Steel Architects Table by Liliana Grassi, Italy, circa 1952
By Liliana Grassi
Located in London, GB
A square, wood, brass and steel architects table by the renowned architect, Liliana Grassi. Designed and produced in 1952, this table has a beautiful starburst mahogany top and a cir...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Steel

Italian Unique Pine Desk Console Black Opaline Glass Top, 1960
Located in Rome, IT
Interesting and original pine and opaline desk console, circa 1960 unique piece prototype for a private residence in Forte dei Marmi two black lacquered drawers, screws brass pine...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Unusual Oval Shape Walnut Partners Extra Deep Desk Long Metal Stip Shape Pulls
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice American Mid Century Modern Half Oval near organic shape desk. Nice sharp looking stripe shape pulls.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Aluminum

Lucite and Steel Writing Table or Desk in the Style of Charles Hollis Jones
Located in New York, NY
Lucite and steel Desk or Console. Can also be used for dining table base, will support large glass or Lucite top. Purple in photos is reflection, top is clear Base is 36.5" long x 2...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lacquered Rosewood Desk with Leather Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Small yet stately, black lacquered rosewood desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar circa 1950s features a scored turquoise green/blue leather top with fantastic brass pulls. The desk has ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Oak Niguel Desk by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Niguel desk features brass cap feet and a brass cross-stretcher with lacquered interior drawers. Shown here in in Rocky Beach pigmented oak The Lawson-Fenning Collection is de...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Sculptural Veined Ash Dining Table or Desk, circa 1950, Italy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible dining table by Gio Ponti, which also would serve excellently as a desk, has been reviewed by the Gio Ponti archives and a COE (Certificate of Expertise) was created ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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 Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Newly Lacquered in White Signed Writing Table Furniture Desk
Located in West Hartford, CT
Unusual vintage desk with brass handles, newly refurbished and lacquered in a brilliant white color. Great scale and better lines. An iconic desk that is just the right size at fort...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Midcentury Walnut Serpentine Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid-Century Modern walnut veneered writing table with four serpentine sides, brass round capitals, a long central drawer on turned and tapered legs. Dimensions: 60" W x 30" D x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Gio Ponti Desk, Rima, Italia, 1950s
Located in Naples, IT
Desk with metal structure. Top and wooden chest of drawers. Original drawing by Gio Ponti for the Pirelli skyscraper. Prod. Rima, Italy, circa 1950.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Writing Desk from the Late 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Writing desk. Design by Gianfranco Frattini and Franco Bettonica for Cantieri Carugati.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Memphis Console Table Ettore Sottsass, Italian design, De Lucchi, Mendini
Located in Antwerp, BE
Memphis; Dining table; Console Table; Writing desk; Occasional table; Ettore Sottsass; Italian design; Radical Design; 1960's; Mid Century Modern; Laminated wood; A rectangular din...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Maple Double Pedestal Desk, 1950s
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern double pedestal executive writing desk By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid maple, with original alumi...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Mid Century Ladies Desk from Nový Domov, 1960´s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
A Simple ladies beech wood writing desk from the Nový Domov company, 1960´s, Czechoslovakia This desk was manufactured by Nový Domov Company and its design we attributed to Františe...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Beech

Guillerme & Chambron Corner Desk in Oak and Granite
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, desk, oak, granite, France, 1960s Corner desk by French designer duo Guillerme and Chambron. This beautiful desk holds the characteristic decorations and lin...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Granite

Oiled Oak Ojai Desk by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Ojai desk has four drawers and features solid American walnut or white oak trestle legs. The drawer handles are made of solid carved wood. Shown here in Oiled Oak. The Lawson...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Friso Kramer Reform Table Small Ahrend de Cirkel, 1963
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice small and rare sized industrial 'Reform' table designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1955. This dining table was a part of the Reform table program that was des...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Aluminum

Presidential Writing Desk by Frigerio, Wooden, Brass Elements, Italy, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Presidential Writing Desk by Frigerio, Wooden, Brass Elements, Italy, 1970s. Rare presidential mid-century desk by Italian designer Luciano Frigerio for the „Norman“ series in 1970....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Paul McCobb Winchendon Modern 1560 Birch Desk
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Classic Paul McCobb Planner Group for Winchendon model 1560 two drawer natural finish solid birch desk Featuring a refinished solid birch framework and surface, deep double drawers,...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Unique Wicker and Bamboo Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An unusual Mid-Century Modern desk made of bamboo and wicker, this small desk is sure to be a conversation-starter anywhere it's placed. Four drawers with beautiful woven fronts allo...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Bamboo, Wicker

Desk, Italy, Mid1900s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Desk in lacquered metal and wood. One drawer, interior with stains.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Andreas Hansen Danish Mid-Century Pine Desk & Desk Chair
Located in Norwalk, CT
A Mid-Century Modern free-standing desk made of pine, designed by Andreas Hansen. Featuring top with three flip up leaves, under which storage compartments, middle section with brick...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

"Kroma" Desk by Antonia Astori for Driade, Italy, 1980s
Located in Grenoble, FR
Antonia Astori desk for Driade, Italy, 1980s rare table desk produced by Driade, the company which Astori co-founded in 1968. The table has a formica top which sits on top of a ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Style Burl Wood Desk with Lucite Legs and Brass & Lucite Pulls
Located in Compton, CA
This desk showcases the true beauty of burl wood. From top to sides, and to the front drawers of the desk. This desk will then be the highlight of any office or room. The desk has ou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Lucite, Burl

Augusto Savini for Pozzi Drop Leaf Gate Leg Desk with Matching Pamplona Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
Uncommon desk form to come across. Original ivory white lacquer over wood with leather insets. Pozzi label attached. 3 drawers with locks (no keys included-should be easy to replace ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather

Monumental Burl and Stainless Steel Executive Desk by Leon Rosen for Pace
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Monumental burl walnut and stainless steel modernist desk by Leon Rosen for Pace. This is one of those pieces that takes your breath away when you see it-totally off the hook! The de...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Large Knee Hole Desk 4 Drawers File Holder Clean
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Great very clean Danish modern mid century desk with 4 drawers with carved pulls. Danish design curved legs all solid teak. Top is in beautiful condition. Left side is 3 drawers righ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Executive Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century executive desk Desk measures: 60 wide x 27 deep x 29.25 inches high with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Midcentury Czech Writing Desk, Fully Restored and Made in the 1950s Out of Ash
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Ash writing desk, Czech mid century Period: 1950-1959.  
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Lacquer, Ash

Pierre Chapo Desk Model B19 in Solid Elm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Chapo, desk model B19, elm, France, 1960s. Executive desk in elmwood. The simplicity of this design is it's strength. The quality of the elmwood structure is sublime, it's ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Elm

AB Broderna Gustafssons Scandinavian Mid Century Vintage Secretary Desk
By Bröderna Gustafssons
Located in Baltimore, MD
Classic 1960s Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian designed teak secretary desk by AB Bröderna Gustafssons, Sweden. The beautifully shaped contemporary secretary desk is wrapped in a stun...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

'900 Style Wooden Desk in Cherry Wood with Leather Top and Drawers, by Morelato
Located in Salizzole, IT
Roma desk, is a '900 style professional writing desk made of cherrywood with drawers, hidden storages, leather coated flapping top Available in different wood colors and leathers.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Cherry

Dunbar Furniture Executive Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern executive desk has an oversized work space with eight drawers and two pull out trays. Unique dark walnut recessed circular pulls, a metal stretcher, and...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Amazing Italian Desk or Dining Table by Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Munich, DE
Wonderful organic shaped walnut base and silvered glass top. I was not able to get a good picture of the top.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Danish Modern H.P Hansen Executive Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern executive desk for H.P Hansen by Mobel Industry in rich teak wood grain. Featuring four slim document drawers and a large filing drawer, making this desk an easy p...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Osvaldo Borsani Rosewood and Aluminum Desk for Tecno SPA, Italy 1960's
Located in New York, NY
Large rosewood desk by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno SPA, early edition with straight top and flat steel long drawer support. The drawer units rotate around the pedestal they're attached...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum, Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Writing Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage writing desk combines sturdy Mid-Century Modern quality with simple elegance. With three drawers for storage, this desk is perfect for adding tasteful style to a home of...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Gilles Bouchez for Airborne Chrome and Glass Desk, France, circa 1965
Located in London, GB
Midcentury French desk... The larger of this model 180 cm x 87.5 (depth) Sleek Minimalist desk in chrome and glass with a single suspended drawer. By French architect Gilez Bouche...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Svend Aage Madsen teak desk HP Hansen Denmark, 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Gorgeous large desk designed by Svend Aage Madsen and manufactured by HP Hansen, Denmark 1960. Along with Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Børge Mogensen, Svend Aage Madsen was one of ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Bespoke Desk, Reclaimed Teak Hardwood, and Brass Frame, by P. Tendercool
Located in Bangkok, TH
We just finished this table as a bespoke order for a Bangkok based client. She had asked us to create a minimal, yet practical worktable for her home office. She gave us measurements...
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2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Folding "Platone" Desk in Brown by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1969, Italy
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Mid-Century Modern brown foldable vintage writing desk "Platone" designed by Giancarlo Piretti 1969 Italy and produced by Anonima Castelli, Italy. The desk is framed with chromed ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Teak Desk in Gio Ponti 1950s Style, Italy
Located in Hellouw, NL
Handcrafted teak desk made in Italy with a stunning design. We were able to get this from an old factory in southern Italy. The design is timeless and the desk will quickly become a ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Paul McCobb for Calvin MCM Ebonized Mahogany Brass and White Laminate Desk
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin mid century ebonized mahogany brass and white laminate desk Desk measures: 54.5 wide x 26 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 26.5 inches All...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century L Shape Executive Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary Mid-Century Modern 1960s desk crafted out of walnut wood professionally restored and finished by our craftsmen in the house. This piece has been newly stained in a w...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel