Vintage Desks: From Mid-Century to French Country

Vintage Desks: From Mid-Century to French Country

Sarah Coffey
Jan 26, 2011

Taking technological progress into account, buying a vintage desk (sans cord-catchers) might seem like a strange thing to do. But desks are surprisingly resilient and versatile pieces. They can function as entryway organizers, dining room buffets, bedroom vanities, or writing tables. What's more, many of the desks shown here have multiple functions built into their design.

  1. The Good Mod: This Portland antique store is a good resource for mid-century furniture in excellent condition. Shown above: Svend A. Madsen (with a curved bookcase hidden in the back), $2,495 + $125 - $350 shipping.
  2. I Like Mike's: Based in Brooklyn, I Like Mike's is a shop that specializes in high-quality restorations of mid-century furniture. Shown above: Probber Wall-Mount Desk, $5,200.
  3. Danish Modern LA: This mod shop in Silver Lake has a well edited collection of Mid-C desks, tables, and chairs. Shown: Vintage Vanity/Desk by Drexel (with flip-top mirror and accompanying stool), $850.
  4. Cleveland Art: This Industrial Chic store has a good collection of heavy-duty salvaged tables and storage pieces. Shown: Collector's Cabinet, price on request.
  5. TINI Store: One of LA's best sources for well priced Mid-Century furniture. Shown: Retro Desk with Laminate Top and Yellow Legs, $225.
  6. Rehab Vintage: This online and LA shop has beautifully refinished tanker desks and industrial tables. Shown: Blue Tanker Desk, $1,450.
  7. Olde Good Things: With multiple national locations and an online store, this shop is full of eclectic desks and tables. Shown: Painted Country Desk, $775.
  8. Etsy: These days, everyone seems to have an Etsy shop — from thrift store junkies to high-end antique dealers. Shown: Baker's Table from Etsy seller Shop13, $825.
  9. VandM.com: An aggregator site for high and low antique dealers, they have a nice range of eclectic antiques at all price points. Shown: 1930s French Secretaire, $2,100.
  10. 1st Dibs: Targeted towards wealthy shoppers looking for unique pieces, 1st dibs pulls from a worldwide inventory of high-quality antiques. Shown: 1950-1960 Desk by Cees Braakman Edited by Pastoe from Paris, $2,412.

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