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Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak. Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Secretary Desk, South Scandinavian Design by Eric Gizard, 100% Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
This Secretary desk in solid and veneer ash wood is designed by famous parisian Designer Eric Gizard The Kube itself (without the feet height) is Width 90 cm / 35.4'' x Height 90...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

Ole Wanscher Desk Produced by Cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare freestanding desk designed by Ole Wanscher. Produced by cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Børge Mogensen Desk Produced by Søborg Møbler in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare desk designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced by Søborg Møbler in Denmark. Dimensions (W x D x H): 133 ( 180 ) x 80 x 71 cm.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Erik Riisager Hansen Desk Produced by Haslev Møbelsnedkeri in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare freestanding desk designed by Erik Riisager Hansen. Produced by Haslev Møbelsnedkeri in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Jens Risom Desk Produced by Gutenberghus in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare large executive desk designed by Jens Risom. Produced by Gutenberghus in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Steel

Hans J. Wegner Rare Desk Model 'JH571' in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen, desk JH571, teak, oak, metal, Denmark, design 1953 Out of all the desks that Wegner designed, the ‘JH571‘ is the most 'Wegnerian'. This is most...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Arne Wahl Iversen Small Desk in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde Møbelfabrik, desk model 65, teak, Denmark, circa 1961. Refined desk table by Danish designer Arne Wahl Iversen. This small writing table has a beautifu...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Severin Hansen Desk Produced by Haslev Møbelsnedkeri in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare freestanding desk designed by Severin Hansen. Produced by Haslev Møbelsnedkeri in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Hans J. Wegner Lady's Desk, Model RY 32
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Hans J. Wegner writing desk in oak with one front drawer. Model RY32. A small and elegant desk designed by Wegner in the 1950s and manufactured by Ry Møbler, Denmark. In good condi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Gunni Omann Executive Desk Model 77 in Rosewood for Omann Jun, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Just one of the most beautiful designed executive desks ever to come out of Denmark. Classic Gunni Omann design model 77 made of solid and veneered rosewood. The desk has three drawe...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Desk in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The table is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Contemporary Blackened Ash Dining Table by Coolican & Company (36" x 76")
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Carefully selected materials and refined proportions give the Lakeshore table an elegant, rational quality. Brass-pinned breadboard ends and quarter sawn white oak top are centuries-...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Contemporary Blackened Ash Dining Table by Coolican & Company (36" x 96")
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Carefully selected materials and refined proportions give the Lakeshore table an elegant, rational quality. Brass-pinned breadboard ends and quarter sawn white oak top are centuries-...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Contemporary White Oak Dining Table by Coolican & Company (36" x 96")
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Carefully selected materials and refined proportions give the Lakeshore table an elegant, rational quality. Brass-pinned breadboard ends and quarter sawn white oak top are centuries-...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Contemporary White Oak Dining Table by Coolican & Company (36" x 76")
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Carefully selected materials and refined proportions give the Lakeshore table an elegant, rational quality. Brass-pinned breadboard ends and quarter sawn white oak top are centuries-...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Danish Teak Square Table with Pull Out Leaves
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Danish teak square table with pull-out leaves. Usually found in a rectangular form, square models are harder to find! Original finish, shows a couple scratches to leaves as seen in p...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Modern Scandinavian Wooden Work Desk and Side Table
Located in Halikko, Finland
FEM work desk with Interior Architects Fyra FEM is a compact piece of home office furniture, created in collaboration with Interior Architects Fyra. FEM is a multifunctiona...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash, Birch, Oak

Hans Wegner Ladies Desk Produced by Ry Møbler in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare ladies desk designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by Ry Møbler in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak, Teak

Viccarbe Maarten Table
Located in Miami, FL
Dining table series of visual lightness manufactured by Viccarbe and designed by Victor Carrasco. The beauty of the table comes from its almost " circle" shape. The oval shape of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Viccarbe Maarten Table
Located in Miami, FL
Dining table series of visual lightness manufactured by Viccarbe and designed by Victor Carrasco. The beauty of the table comes from its almost " circle" shape. The oval shape of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

1960s Svend Aage Madsen Rosewood Executive Desk Denmark
Located in Miami, FL
Fine and beautiful rosewood desk designed by Svend Aage Madsen in Denmark. With a floating style top over three drawers left and right and a pass through shelf, front to back. The ba...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

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

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Steel

Nanna Ditzel for Søren Willadsen Møbelfabrik Desk 'ND 93' in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel for Søren Willadsen Møbelfabrik, desk model ND 93, teak, Denmark, 1955 Danish designer Nanna Ditzel created the desk 'ND 93' in 1955 for Søren Willadsen Møbelfabrik. ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1960s Arne Vodder Executive Desk in Teak by Sibast
Located in Knebel, DK
Large executive desk in teak designed by Arne Vodder for Sibast Møbler. The spacious desk is well designed and not least well crafted not only by hand by also by heart to create n...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Finn Juhl Desk Model BO-69 Produced by Bovirke in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare freestanding desk model BO-69 designed by Finn Juhl. Produced by Bovirke in Denmark. Dimensions (W x D x H): 170 ( 223 ) x 85 x 73 cm.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Swedish Art Moderne Roll-Top Writing Desk in Elm with Burl Elm Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful roll-top writing desk in Elm with Burl Elm veneer. Top rolls up to reveal cubbyholes and drawers of burl elm and a retractable desktop. Lower section includes three large d...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl, Elm

Hans Wegner Desk Model JH-563 by Cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare freestanding desk model JH-563 designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Desk Designed by Gustaf Axel Berg, Produced by G.A. Berg Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Black lacquered birch, elm and pewter inlay. Measures: H: 75 cm/ 29 1/2'' L: 150 cm/ 4' 11'' D: 75 cm/ 2' 6'' Provenance: private collection, Sweden Gustaf Axel Berg ran h...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch, Elm

Rich Teak Receiving Desk & Bookshelf Tapered Legs Modern 1960s Denmark
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Teak Danish modern receiving desk and bookshelf Stamped with "RED DANISH QUALITY SEAL" underneath the top. Manner of Kofod Larsen and Arne Vodder no maker l...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

At 305 Writing Desk by Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
AT 305 - Desk in oak with three drawers and teak details. Maker Anders Tuck.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Desk in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The table is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The desk is in great vintage condition.    
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The desk is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Freestanding Midcentury Desk in Teak, Made in Denmark, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Freestanding desk in teak, designed and made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The table is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Rosewood Danish Desk by Erik Riisager Hansen for Haslev Møbelfabrik, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rosewood desk by Erik Riisager Hansen in a very elegant and sleek design with nice details. Beautiful wood quality. The top drawer has a tray inside which can be pulled over the draw...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Danish Modern Desk / Dining Table in Birch Attributed to Philip Arctander, 1940s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare dining table with two extendables made in birch. Attributed to danish designer Philip Arctander. Beautiful structure and lines. It can also be used as a desk. Each extendable ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Danish Desk by Arne Vodder for GV Møbler, 1960s
Located in Lasne, BE
Teak desk with 3 drawers and a door. Wear due to time and age of the desk.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Mid Century Design Wood Desk with four drawers
Located in Milano, IT
Mid century design teak wood desk with four drawers Size: H 75 cm, W 140 cm, D 75 cm. Good condition. Conservative restoration. Wears coherent with age and prior gentle use. A vi...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Bruno Mathsson "Maria Flap" Folding Table in Teakwood, Karl Mathsson, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Wonderful vintage folding table model "Maria Flap" by Bruno Mathsson in teakwood and beech. Made in the 1950s at Karl Mathsson, Sweden. The table is very versatile and can be used in...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech, Teak

Mid Century Teak Writing Desk by Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde Møbelfabrik
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage Danish writing desk model no. 56 in teak designed by Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde Møbelfabrik, Denmark. This versatile piece features unique splayed legs with supporting brass...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Danish Flip-Top Desk by Jens Quistgaard for Peter Lovig Nielsen in Teak, 1969
Located in Hamburg, PA
A beautiful expandable Danish modern teak partners desk with a flip-top design by Jens Quistgaard for Peter Lovig Nielsen. This desk can be used either flipped down for expansive spa...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Freestanding Midcentury Desk in Teak, Made in Denmark, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Freestanding desk in teak, designed and made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Desk in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The desk is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Rosewood Secretaire by Torbjørn Afdal for Nesjestranda, Norway, 1960s
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare secretaire designed by Torbjørn Afdal. Produced by Nesjestranda Møbelfabrikk during the 1960s. Made from rosewood with solid wood in the legs and the drawers. The drawers made w...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Kaare Klint Large Vintage Desk of Mahogany Made by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Large writing desk with drawers by the Danish architect and furniture designer Kaare Klint (1888-1954) Manufactured by Rud Rasmussen in Copenhagen The desk is made of solid mahogany...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Axel-Einar Hjorth, 'Lovö' Table, Nordiska Kompaniet, 1932
Located in DE
Pine 'Lovö' table by Swedish Modernist Axel-Einar Hjorth, manufactured by Nordiska Kompaniet in Sweden, circa 1932. Best known for his modern reduced design, this table by Axel-Eina...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Hans Wegner Desk Model AT325 for Andreas Tuck
Located in San Francisco, CA
Hans Wegner desk model AT325 for Andreas Tuck, Denmark. Large and impressive desk made with high quality construction and attention to detail, newly refinished and ready to enjoy. S...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Svend Aage Madsen Executive Teak Desk for HP Hansen, 1960s, Denmark
Located in The Hague, NL
Exclusive Scandinavian Modern large desk designed by Svend Madsen and manufactured by HP Hansen in Denmark, 1960s period. This beautiful desk features a bowed large top with vibrant...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Desk in Mahogany
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mahogany desk with two drawers. Maker P. Jeppesen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Scandinavian Oregon Pine Freestanding Desk, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Scandinavian Modern freestanding desk in Oregon pine, 1960s. Nicely patinated. Great object for the modern interior style.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Danish Modern Desk in Pine and Blue Formica, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Danish modern desk in pine and blue Formica, 1970s. The desk can also be used as a freestanding desk.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Laminate, Pine

Danish Modern Desk / Dining Table in Birch Attributed to Philip Arctander, 1940s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare desk made in birch. Attributed to danish designer Philip Arctander. Beautiful structure and lines. It can also be used as a small dining table.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

Statement Scandinavian Modern Executive Desk
Located in New York, NY
This asymetrical power desk, crafted of fine-grained blonde European oak, is practical, yet strong in design. Plenty of working space sit atop four large gliding drawers with their o...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Børge Mogensen Dining Table "No. 284" Oak Fredericia Stolefabrik, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare vintage dining table or desk by Børge Mogensen designed in 1958 and manufactured at "Fredericia Stolefabrik". Solid aged oak with beautiful grain. This piece is stamped with mod...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Desk in Rosewood
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Desk in rosewood w. cane doors. Unknown designer.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Børge Mogensen Dining Table / Desk Produced by Søborg Møbler in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare dining table / desk designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced by Søborg Møbler in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Karl-Erik Ekselius Desk / Dining Table Produced by JOC in Vetlanda, Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and large desk / dining table designed by Karl-Erik Ekselius. Produced by JOC in Vetlanda, Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum