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Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Travertine, Glass and Brass Dining Table by Artedi, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous Travertine, brass and glass dining table by Artedi, Italy was designed and produced in the 1970s. The rectangular travertine base supports two brass bars that support t...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine, Brass

Modern Dining Table with Unique Metal Base Mozambique and Circassia Banded
Located in North York, ON
Modern dining table with unique metal base Mozambique and Circassia Banded. Modern dining table with an antique brass tree limb designed base with a Mozambique and Circassia banded t...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Doris Double Pedestal Dining Table in White Carrara Marble and Blackened Bronze
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Dining tables with marble tops and multifaceted pedestals in cast bronze, blackened bronze or aluminum. Inspired by Doric columns in archaic architecture, the extruded multi-point ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Breccia Marble, Carrara Marble, Siena Marble, Aluminum, Bronze, ...

Crest Desk by Tretiak Works, Cerused White Oak Handmade Contemporary Basic Desk
Located in Portland, OR
The Crest desk is the newest addition to the Crest collection. The rolling edges make for comfortable writing or computer use. A single drawer with an incorporated pencil tray stores...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Crest Desk by Tretiak Works, Oxidized Walnut Handmade Contemporary Basic Desk
Located in Portland, OR
The Crest desk is the newest addition to the Crest collection. The rolling edges make for comfortable writing or computer use. A single drawer with an incorporated pencil tray stores...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Desk by Tretiak Works, Handmade Contemporary Walnut Brass Customizable
Located in Portland, OR
This desk features a Classic Silhouette with elegant yet modern detailing. The desktop offers plenty of room to spread out for efficient and organized work. custom-made brass hardwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Custom Smoke Porcelain Double Pedestal Modern Dining Table
Located in North York, ON
Custom smoke porcelain double pedestal modern dining table. Custom grey porcelain racetrack shaped top dining table with double pedestal half round black lacquered pedestal bases. Ta...
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2010s Canadian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Porcelain, Wood

Contemporary Claro Walnut Live Edge Table with Cast Bronze Edge
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Handcrafted by Taylor Donsker in Los Angeles, the cast edge desk features a cast bronze live edge seamlessly attached to a single slab of highly figured Claro walnut. The wood grain ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Bronze, Steel

Dish Solid Wood Contemporary Sculptural Carved Conference Desk Dining Table
Located in Bainbridge Island, WA
Taking inspiration from hand-carved African stools, a solid wood tabletop with a sloping underbelly is created with a little help from technology. A CNC router is used to cut away th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

Cobra Desk, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2008
Located in New York, NY
Each cobra, poised as if to lunge, has a mouth that is an open pencil holder, where you can conveniently store all your writing implements. Designed in 2008, Manufactured 2014 Mad...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

"Ruby Tuesday" Desk, Walnut and Metal by Ivan Paradisi
Located in Turin, IT
Particularity doesn't mean complexity or overloading with details. A particularity is about being different. In Ruby Tuesday Ivan Paradisi paid tribute to Nature having implemented t...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Paradigm Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The paradigm desk seamlessly integrates three elemental materials, concrete, steel and wood. The combination of cast concrete with hand-turned walnut legs and thru-tenon joinery marr...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Concrete, Steel

Solid Wood Writer's Desk Maple with Steel Joinery and Removable Legs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This writer's desk is an exercise in restraint. This sleek desk’s tapered legs are made from solid Walnut and are detachable thanks to the custom blackened steel joinery. The solid w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

"Heavy Traffic" Desk, Walnut and Maple by Ivan Paradisi
Located in Turin, IT
The dense idea of a city, with roads, smog, but also the intense presence of people all living together is What Ivan Paradisi wanted to achieve with this piece, the concept is based ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Walnut

"Gran Torino" Desk, Brown Walnut and Maple by Ivan Paradisi
Located in Turin, IT
Designed as an elegant and functional desk, "Gran Torino" it is named after the city of Turin, a place rich of culture and history with numerous art galleries and center of the Itali...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Maple, Walnut

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

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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

Ziricotte Wood Desk "Litle Shanghai" with Leather Top and Silver Leg
Located in SENLIS, OISE
Little Shanghai desk in ziricotte wood and silver patined leg. There are two drawers on each side. The sides are in zircone and black sycamore marquetry. This desk can be made in oth...
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Drafting Table, Blackened Steel, Gray Glass, Pivot Top, Minimal, Force/Collide
Located in Seattle, WA
This ultra modern drafting table features a satin black oxide steel framework with a tempered gray glass inlay. An uninterrupted work surface that pivots between 0 and 40 degrees eli...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Bronze, Steel, Cut Steel, Iron

Drafting Table and Utility Cart, Blackened Steel, Gray Glass, Force/Collide
Located in Seattle, WA
This ultra modern drafting table and utility cart set features a satin black oxide steel framework with a tempered gray glass inlay. An uninterrupted, flush work surface that pivots ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Bronze, Steel, Cut Steel, Sheet Metal

Marguerite Contemporary design Maple Wood Writing Desk by Giordano Viganò
Located in Novedrate, IT
Marguerite is an elegant writing desk made of maple wood with a thin edging in amaranth wood. A pen tray made of amaranth wood is built on the top, closed by a rounded lid. The writ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Isabella Costantini, Italy, Duilio Desk with Polished Brass
Located in Ascoli Piceno, IT
Designed by IC and beautifully crafted by Italian artisans, the Duilio desk features a ribbed drawer and stylish legs. The brass, or powder coated metal, details and stunning design ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Customizable Contemporary Églomisé Glass Fume Silver Vanity/Desk by Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The mystic fume silver vanity by Ercole Home has a 5-drawer, with Earl gray wood finish on oak. Hand painted églomisé glass panels are inset on the surface. There are five aluminum ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Custom Bent Office/Writing Desk, Made of Bronze and Walnut Drawers
Located in Chicago, IL
A single brass sheet is bent creating the surface and sides, aptly giving the desk its name. The finish is darkened by hand through a proprietary solution and the drawers are made fr...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Two-Drawers Table Ebony Veneer Frame Solid Timber Plywood Caps at Feet Vetrite
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Ebony, Plywood

Matte Stainless Steel Decorative Engraving Top Side Ebony Macassar Front Drawers
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

Jumbo Collection Shinto Writing Desk in Wood and Brass Base
Located in Cantu, IT
Perfect centre piece for executive and presidential offices, Shinto writing desk features a sculptural design and an exclusive composition, with a soft nabuk top, a structure in prec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Solid Wood Writer's Desk in Walnut with Steel Joinery and Removable Legs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This writer's desk is an exercise in restraint. This sleek desk’s tapered legs are made from solid Walnut and are detachable thanks to the custom blackened steel joinery. The solid w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Isabella Costantini, Italy, Dalia Desk with Two Drawers
Located in Ascoli Piceno, IT
Designed by IC and immaculately crafted by expert Italian artisans, the Dalia desk features two drawers and stylish curved legs. A piece that will enrich any decor with sophisticate...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1928 Writing Desk in Oxidized Maple by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Each 1928 writing desk is meticulously crafted from raw wood and steel. It's weight is significant, providing a steady workspace. Minimal design, subtle detail, and precision craftsm...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Homework Desk Glass Top and Wooden Drawer, by Niels Bendtsen from Bensen
Located in Vancouver, BC
The Homework is a deceivingly simple writing desk. Conceived for home offices or other small offices where the desk will be on display, Homework can be adjusted according to your uni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

ClassiCon Zelos Fold-Out Secretary Desk in Black by Christoph Böninger
Located in New York, NY
A good idea doesn’t take up much space – just a piece of paper or a laptop. Christoph Böninger’s Zelos secretary desk reflects this reduction to the essentials. With its pared-down e...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

ClassiCon Pegasus Desk in Walnut with Black Base by IF Group & Tilla Goldberg
Located in New York, NY
The Pegasus home desk is a small, ingeniously conceived home workplace that provides space for the digital devices that have long since become part of our everyday lives. A well-desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

ClassiCon Pegasus Desk in Walnut with Chrome by IF Group & Tilla Goldberg
Located in New York, NY
The Pegasus Home Desk is a small, ingeniously conceived home workplace that provides space for the digital devices that have long since become part of our everyday lives. A well-desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

ClassiCon Jean Fold Out Table by Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
Jean, named after Eileen Gray‘s intimate friend of many years, the architect Jean Badovici, stood in various modeis in their summer villa E 1027. "Every room has at its disposal one ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

ClassiCon Pegasus Desk in Black with Leather by IF Group & Tilla Goldberg
Located in New York, NY
The Pegasus Home Desk is a small, ingeniously conceived home workplace that provides space for the digital devices that have long since become part of our everyday lives. A well-desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather

Magic Desk in Black Leather and Polished Steel by André Schelbach
Located in New York, NY
The Magic desk in its closed state, this desk resembles a refined and elegant sideboard. Featuring precision-finished stainless steel hinges, the top of the desk can be folded out to...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Stainless Steel

ClassiCon Notos Standing Desk in Maple and Chrome by Thomas Kühl & Andreas Krob
Located in New York, NY
Notos is an essential object in a household or office where artistically inclined persons live and work. That is because this unprecedented, multifunctional piece of furniture transf...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Plywood

ClassiCon Notos Standing Desk in Black and Chrome by Thomas Kühl & Andreas Krob
Located in New York, NY
Notos is an essential object in a household or office where artistically inclined persons live and work. That is because this unprecedented, multifunctional piece of furniture transf...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Plywood

ClassiCon Notos Standing Desk in Black by Thomas Kühl & Andreas Krob
Located in New York, NY
Notos is an essential object in a household or office where artistically inclined persons live and work. That is because this unprecedented, multifunctional piece of furniture transf...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Plywood

ClassiCon Lou Perou Table in White and Chrome by Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
Like the majority of Eileen Gray‘s tables, this one too can transform itself. And as always she found an unexpected solution. The folding section of the tabletop is supported by a si...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

ClassiCon Zelos Fold-Out Secretary Desk in White by Christoph Böninger
Located in New York, NY
A good idea doesn’t take up much space – just a piece of paper or a laptop. Christoph Böninger’s Zelos secretary desk reflects this reduction to the essentials. With its pared-down e...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

ClassiCon Zelos Fold-Out Secretary Desk in Walnut by Christoph Böninger
Located in New York, NY
A good idea doesn’t take up much space – just a piece of paper or a laptop. Christoph Böninger’s Zelos secretary desk reflects this reduction to the essentials. With its pared-down e...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

A. G. Fronzoni Square Fronzoni 64 Table in Anthracite Top & Base for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
An ode to clean lines, the Fronzoni 64 table embellishes settings with its absolute rigour and essential elegance. Austere and perfectly functional, the Fronzoni 64 tables are the pe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Marc Newson Riga Table in Anthracite Matte Lacquered Woods for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Marc Newson, the Riga table is a writing desk made of Matte lacquered wood (in all of the colors in the collection) with legs in solid beechwood. The feet and knobs are i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

A. G. Fronzoni Rectangular Fronzoni 64 Table in Anthracite Top & Base Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
An ode to clean lines, the Fronzoni 64 table embellishes settings with its absolute rigour and essential elegance. Austere and perfectly functional, the Fronzoni 64 tables are the pe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Amorph Astra Desk, Nickel Finish
Located in Gardena, CA
Amorph Astra desk solid ashwood with top leather, 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,...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Contemporary Trestle Table "Work" in Solid White Oak by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Work table is an adjustable height table consisting of two ratcheting trestles and a solid oak tabletop. By means of a gravity activated ratchet, work table is raised by simply lifti...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak

Desk, Writing Table, Office, Walnut, Modern, Hardwood, Semigood Design
Located in Issaquah, WA
Hardwood, modern desk or writing table for your home or office. Shown in walnut. The timeless lines and subtle tapers of this desk will have you looking forward to sitting down for w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood

Modern Acrylic Desk with Top with 4 Legs
Located in Berlin, DE
Modern acrylic desk with top with 4 legs. Made in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Acrylic

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Vintage Danish Modern Desk crafted out of walnut wood with a newly stained walnut and ebonized color combination with a newly lacquered finish. The writing table comes with a three...
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1960s Danish Vintage Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Amorph Astra Desk, Graphite Walnut with Top leather
Located in Gardena, CA
Amorph Astra desk solid ashwood with top leather, 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 – ...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Doris Oval Double Pedestal Dining Table in Green Marble and Blackened Bronze
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Dining tables with marble tops and multifaceted pedestals in cast bronze, blackened bronze or aluminum. Inspired by Doric columns in archaic architecture, the extruded multi-point ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Breccia Marble, Carrara Marble, Siena Marble, Aluminum, Bronze, ...

Doris Oval Double Pedestal Dining Table in Green Marble and Cast Aluminum
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Dining tables with marble tops and multifaceted pedestals in cast bronze, blackened bronze or aluminum. Inspired by Doric columns in archaic architecture, the extruded multi-point ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Breccia Marble, Carrara Marble, Siena Marble, Bronze, Aluminum, ...

Doris Double Pedestal Dining Table in White Carrara Marble and Cast Aluminum
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Dining tables with marble tops and multifaceted pedestals in cast bronze, blackened bronze or aluminum. Inspired by Doric columns in archaic architecture, the extruded multi-point ...
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2010s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Siena Marble, Marble, Breccia Marble, Carrara Marble, Bronze, Bronze, Br...

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

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