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Desks and Writing Tables For Sale
Modern French Desk, Light
Located in Westwood, NJ
A French modern two drawer desk with our mangrove beech veneer finish, embossed leather wrapped frieze and drawers with brushed brass finish handles. Dimensions: 54" W x 28" D x 30" H.
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood

Unusual Rare Studded Vintage French White Oak Trestle Table with Leaves Seats 10
Located in Chicago, IL
Until the moment we found this spectacular table, we had only ever seen one other in our 30 years of buying trips. Stripped completely of its finish, showcasing the sturdy craftsmans...
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1950s French Louis XV Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Stash Desk lacquer and walnut , lacquer drawers, lacquer and wood desk,waterfall
Located in Ridgewood, NY
A Minimalist’s dream, the stash desk is a perfect combination of deep, rich walnut with a pop of color. Its slim and clean profile is ideal for small spaces. The three drawers featur...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Crate Desk by Gerrit Rietveld, Designed in 1930s The Netherlands
Located in Hellouw, NL
Nice Gerrit Rietveld 'Crate' desk'. This desk is designed in 1934, however, we think this is a Cassina edition from the 1970s. This desk is made out of ash wood and has a colorless l...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Ash, Lacquer

21st Century Modern Armona Desk Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Armona Desk Walnut Shadow Onyx Dark Oxidised Brass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by the Armona Island in Algarve, a mode...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

21st Century Modern Armona Desk Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Armona Desk Walnut Shadow Onyx Dark Oxidised Brass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by the Armona Island in Algarve, a mode...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass

PAPILLON Metal and Glass Round Dining Table by Soraya Osorio
Located in Clinton Corners, NY
The Papillon Dining Table forms the perfect union between black glass and a dark grey/black metal base. Use as an entry foyer table or desk/writing table. Featured in Architectural...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Basin Desk by Tretiak Works, Handmade Contemporary Walnut Brass
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

21st Century Art Deco Castelo Console Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Castelo Console Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Like a defensive wall that protects a castle, Castelo console table embodies the n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Marble, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel

Custom Modern 3 Drawer Dovetailed Parson Style Desk by Norm Stoeker
Located in Houston, TX
Wonderful high quality custom made 3 drawer desk by Norm Stoeker in Houston Texas. This desk or entry table has been thoughtfully crafted out of three kinds of wood. The outer shell ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Poplar, Satinwood

Modern Chiado Console Handcrafted Portugal Ready to Ship from LA by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Chiado Console Patagonia Granite Leather Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple Chiado exceeds any expectations. With its distinctive lines,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Granite, Marble, Brass

Small French Directoire Cherry Secretary, Cherry Stained, Cream Leather Pad
Located in Landivy, FR
This Secretary is a handmade modernized interpretation of the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. This period is remarkable with its straight, classical and timel...
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2010s French Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood, Cherry, Lacquer

ARC Desk in Bleached Maple Veneer and Black Stained Interior by Estudio Persona
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Arc desk made from wood with a bleached maple veneer finish and black stained interior. Can also be used as a small dining table or wide console. Designed and handmade in Los A...
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2010s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Plywood

Pivoting Drafting Table in Blackened Steel and Smoked Glass by 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

Double Sided Thomas Chippendale Revival Twin Pedestal Partner Desk Regency Blue
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this lovely Thomas Chippendale Revival twin pedestal, double sided, partner desk with Regency Blue Leather top A very good looking and well made desk, it...
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20th Century English Chippendale Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik Free Standing 'Kidney' Desk in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik, writing desk, model 54, walnut, brass, Denmark, 1950s. This small and elegant solid walnut desk was designed by Kai Kristiansen and exe...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Executive Angle Desk Gianni Moscatelli for Formanova
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Great desk from the Italian designer Gianni Moscatelli for Formanova. The desk has a corner arrangement, the frame is made of chrome-plated metal, the wooden parts are veneered with ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron, Chrome

Carpett Desk by Jaime Tresserra, circa 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wooden folding desk designed by Jaime Tresserra, circa 1987. Manufactured by Tresserra Design in Spain, circa 1987. Made of walnut wood. In good original condition, with min...
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1980s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Walnut

Maree Desk by Draga&Aurel Resin and etched brass, 21st Century
Located in Como, IT
Transparency Matters collection by Draga&Aurel: The desk features two solid brass bases and a resin cast top, designed to achieve a liquid-look surface; it is finished with brush st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Post-Modern Travertine Dining Table in the Style of Scarpa, Mangiarotti, 1970's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Post-modern; Dining table; travertine; Marble; Writing desk; Postmodern dining table in travertine marble that can also be used as a writing desk. Fits up to eight people comfor...
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Mid-19th Century European Post-Modern Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Travertine

Antique British Leather Top Ball and Claw Foot Desk
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Lovely classic rectangular mahogany desk with claw & ball feet, cabriole shaped legs, beautiful carvings and long leaf extensions on the side and back. The decoration along the waist...
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Early 20th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Mahogany

Cliff Young Izzy Black Rift Oak and Bronze Writing Desk Console
Located in New York, NY
Izzy Desk, constructed with curved drawer modules, it combines the coolness of the asymmetrical metal base with the warmth of richly grained wood tabletop with built-in wireless char...
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2010s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze, Steel

Minimalist Modern Desk in Ash for Home Office
Located in Lisbon, PT
A stylish desk for home or office. The clean look is achieved by using the drawers almost hided, and as a part of the desk’s structure. Front desk is available in ash, oak and walnut...
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2010s European Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Oak, Plywood

George iv Mahogany Pedestal Library Desk
Located in Wales, GB
An extraordinary configuration of drawers with a fitted baize lined writing slope, the opposing side with frieze and cupboard doors with pigeon holes and drawers behind, the kneehole...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Antique Walnut & Leather Top Desk
Located in London, GB
A superb antique leather top desk made from burr walnut. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1900-1920 period. It is a fantastic size and is of wonderful quality. T...
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Early 20th Century English Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Clarke Desk Walnut Black
Located in Cincinnati, US
The Clarke Collection comes in ten different table top sizes, two wood species, and two metal finishes. The exposed stainless steel bolts blur the line between Scandinavian and Indus...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Vintage Floating Walnut Executive Desk, Paneled Sides and Back
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage floating walnut executive desk, paneled sides and back Offered for sale is a floating walnut executive desk with paneled sides and back as well as a courtesy covered kneeh...
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Late 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

English Painted Oak Desk
Located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Small English 19th C painted oak two drawer desk. 1860. Clearance is 23 1/4". Dimensions 51 inches (130 cms) Wide 25.5 inches (65 cms) Deep 28.5 inches (72 cms) High.  
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

1800s Folklore Secretary
Located in Memphis, TN
Add a little magic to your home with this hand painted, folklore secretary from the 1800s. Features slanted flap with drawer interior behind and five drawers. What's most fun about t...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

Hardwood Desk with Raised Edge by Erik Riisager Hansen
Located in Madrid, ES
Sleek desk made of hardwood with partly raised edge. Slim tapered legs. Drawer section with three drawers. Designed by Erik Riisager Hansen and manufactured by Haslev Møbelsnedkeri. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood, Beech

Clarke Desk Walnut White
Located in Cincinnati, US
The Clarke Collection comes in ten different table top sizes, two wood species, and two metal finishes. The exposed stainless steel bolts blur the line between Scandinavian and Indus...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

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

Koza Polished Black Glossy Color Carbon Steel Writing Table by Zieta
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Flexible forming fits well all flexible solutions. Pure line of our trestle Koza is an effect of careful deformation of thin steel sheets by internal pressure. Surprising lightness, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Nice Americana Style Colonial Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Measures 30 wide x 39 tall x 17 deep.
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1980s American American Colonial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Flagg Side Table Bedside Table Storage by Alabama Sawyer
Located in Birmingham, AL
We handcrafted this classic bedside table with hardwoods from Birmingham's urban forest. For your bedroom, it can hold books, reading glasses, a lamp or glass of water. A single draw...
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2010s American American Craftsman Desks and Writing Tables

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Hardwood, Oak

Antique French Country Louis XV Walnut Writing Desk Table, Circa 1920
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a fantastic antique French desk. The desk is in good condition and measures 19 inches deep x 31 wide x 30 inches tall. The desk dates to teh 1920s.
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1920s French Louis XV Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

20th Century Osvaldo Borsani Desk in Wood and Brass with Two Drawers Varedo '60s
Located in Turin, Turin
Desk designed by the italian Maestro Osvaldo Borsani in half sixties. The desk has a very modern line, the top is very thin and has two drawers that seems suspended, each drawer has ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1840"s American Empire Rosewood Dilutive Witting Table
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Elegant New York American Empire Rosewood writing table. The diminutive table, with slender drawer with two leaves to expand workspace. Well cared for original condition. Leaves do...
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1840s Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Table Desk Writing Home Office Grey Marble Top Mirror Steel Modern Collectible
Located in Ancona, Marche
The table Gallio are an important desk with structure in mirror polished stainless steel and top in grey Versylis marble. Dimensions are customizable. Every single bangle is weld...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Stainless Steel

Hollywood Regency Leather Top Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary early 1950s English writing table is hand-crafted out of mahogany wood in great condition and has been completely restored by our professional craftsmen team. This l...
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1950s English Hollywood Regency Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Wood, Mahogany, Giltwood, Lacquer

Vintage Industrial Jean Prouvé Style One Seat School Desk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful Vintage Industrial school desk. In the style of Jean Prouvé Striking French design from the 1950s /60s. Green lacquered metal base with original solid oak top and seat. ...
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1950s French Industrial Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Harrods Antique English Library Two Person Octagonal Partner Desk Inc Bookcases
Located in GB
Wimbledon-Furniture Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for sale this very rare and highly collectable late Victorian circa 1880-1900 English oak with hand tooled leather to...
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1880s English Late Victorian Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Oak

Antique Charles II Revival Oak and Elm Writing Desk Dressing
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique fine quality Charles II revival C1920 oak and elm writing desk or dressing table. Solid heavy, no loose joints and no woodworm. Full of age, character and charm. The oak l...
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1920s Charles II Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Elm, Oak

Fred Desk Top in Saddle Extra Leather Cammello
Located in New York, NY
This desk is a meeting of light, almost ethereal geometries. Roberto Lazzeroni creates a piece of furniture in which the visual pleasure of a continuous saddle-leather surface is und...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Ash

21st Century Modern Home Office Desk Roots in Black Oak and Metallic Black Steel
Located in Vila Nova Famalicão, PT
João Faria created the stunning home desk ROOTS for contemporary and home offices. This listing is a Limited Edition called "Back in Black". However, the desk is also available in c...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Steel

Tavolo Casette, Maple and Walnut with "Brics" Veneer, design Ugo La Pietra
Located in Salizzole, IT
Tavolo Casette, table made of maple and walnut wood designed by Ugo La Pietra and manufactured by Morelato for the "Strumenti di comunicazione e arredo domestico" exhibition, curated...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Walnut

Craftsman Studio Desk with Double Live-Edge Koa Wood Slabs, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful 1970s Craftsman desk features a floating double live-edge top, three drawers on the right pedestal along with a center pencil drawer and a pull out writing surface. Th...
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Late 20th Century American American Craftsman Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

20th Century, Imperial French Desk Bureau Plat Louis XV Style
Located in Berlin, DE
In Bois-Satiné veneer, all-round full-length mirror veneer with rocaille applications. Extremely floral bronze fittings. Rosewood veneered on solid beechwood. Strongly cambered, four...
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20th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

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Beech

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

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Chrome

Desk CM141 by Pierre Paulin, Thonet Edition, 1954
Located in Paris, FR
Oak desk model CM141 by Pierre Paulin for Thonet, 1954.
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1950s French Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Vintage Green Chinoiserie Faux Bamboo Writing Desk
Located in West Hartford, CT
A vintage green chinoiserie style one drawer writing desk with painted monkeys on top. Legs have been carved to mimic bamboo.
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Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Little Shanghai Desk in Zebrano Wood and Black Sycomore Silver Painted Leg
Located in SENLIS, OISE
Little Shanghai desk in zebrano wood and black saycomore silver painted leg. There are two drawers on each side. The end sides are in zebrano and black sycamore marquetry. This desk...
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2010s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Lyra Secretary Viennese Biedermeier Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Princely Lyra secretary Viennese Biedermeier style 1815 High quality bird's-eye maple root on massive coniferous wood.  
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20th Century Austrian Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables

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Birdseye Maple

Early 20th Century French Carved Poker Work Writing Table
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 20th century French poker work writing table circa 1900. Unusual profusely carved small writing table. Carved tulips into the top surface, around the apron and down the legs...
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Early 20th Century French Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Supernova, Recycled Cast Aluminum Table Leg in Black by Made in Ratio
Located in London, GB
The contemporary supernova is a dynamic, self-levelling trestle cast entirely from entirely recycled aluminium in a fully sustainable closed-loop factory. Simple and versatile to ori...
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2010s British Minimalist Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

19th Century Carved Oak Renaissance Style Desk with Bluestone Top from France
Located in Dallas, TX
From France, circa 1860, this ornate, stripped oak desk has been carved in the Renaissance style and inset with a contemporary bluestone top. The stone has a blue-grey hue with white...
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Mid-19th Century French Renaissance Antique Desks and Writing Tables

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Limestone

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1560 Double Drawer Desk Blonde Maple Finish Ring Pulls
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1560 double drawer desk blonde maple finish with aluminum ring pull knobs solid maple. Desk has been professional refinished. Very beautiful desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Arquitectonica 1984, Madonna Table, Desk for Memphis Milano, Postmodern Miami
Located in Munster, NRW
Madonna table by Arquitectonica Miami for Memphis Milano, 1984. Iconic an extremely rare postmodern piece and one of the only Memphis Group productions whose design was commissione...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Antique and Vintage Desks and Writing Tables

Choosing the perfect writing desk or writing table is a profoundly personal journey, one that people have been embarking upon for centuries.

Queen Atossa of Persia, from her writing table circa 500 B.C., is said to have been the originator of the art of handwritten letters. Hers was reportedly the first in a long and colorful history of penned correspondence that grew in popularity alongside literacy. The demand for suitable writing desks, which would serve the composer of the letters as well as ensure the comfort of the recipient naturally followed, and the design of these necessary furnishings has evolved throughout history.

Once people began to seek freedom from the outwardly ornate styles of the walnut and rosewood writing desks and drafting tables introduced in the name of Queen Victoria and King Louis XV, radical shifts occurred, such as those that materialized during the Art Nouveau period, when designers longed to produce furniture inspired by the natural world’s beauty. A prime example is the work of the famous late-19th-century Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí — his rolltop desk featured deep side drawers and was adorned with carved motifs that paid tribute to nature. Gaudí regularly combined structural precision with decorative elements, creating beautiful pieces of wood and metal.

Soon afterward, preferences for sleek, geometric, stylized forms in furniture that saw an emphasis on natural wood grains and traditional craftsmanship took hold. Today, Art Deco desks are still favored by designers who seek to infuse interiors with an air of luxury. One of the most prominent figures of the Art Deco movement was French decorator and furniture designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. With his use of neoclassical motifs as well as expensive and exotic materials such as imported dark woods and inlays of precious metals for his vintage writing desks, Ruhlmann came to symbolize good taste and modernity.

The rise in appreciation for Scandinavian modernism continues to influence the design of contemporary writing desks. It employs the “no fuss” or “less is more” approach to creating a tasteful, sophisticated space. Sweden’s master cabinetmaker Bruno Mathsson created gallery-worthy designs that are as functional as they are beautiful. Finnish architect Alvar Aalto never viewed himself as an artist, but, like Mathsson, his furniture designs reflected a fondness for organic materials and a humanistic approach. Danish designers such as Hans Wegner introduced elegant shapes and lines to mid-century desks and writing tables, often working in oak and solid teak.

From vintage desks to contemporary styles, 1stDibs offers a broad spectrum of choices for conducting all personal and business writing and reading activities.

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