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Carl Hansen CH110 Desk, lacquered oak, design by Hans Wegner: US$16,875.

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"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world." - John le Carré.

"This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign." - Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?" - Laurence J. Peter.

"I've always prided myself on my discipline as a writer. I do it like a job. I get up in the morning and go to my desk." - Salman Rushdie.

A DESK is a generally wooded piece of furniture and a type of useful table often used in a school or office setting for various academic or professional activities such as reading or writing on or using a computer.

Desks often have one or more drawers, compartments, or pigeon holes to store office supplies and papers. Unlike a regular table, usually only one side of a desk is suitable to sit on (though there are some exceptions, such as a partners desk). Not all desks have the form of a table. For instance, an armoire desk is a desk built within a large wardrobe-like cabinet, and a portable desk is light enough to be placed on a person's lap. Since many people lean on a desk while using it, a desk must be sturdy. Desks were first made from wood, but are slowly being converted into harder materials that last longer.

Until the late 1980s, desks remained a place for paperwork and business negotiation, though at the end of this decade, the personal computer was taking hold in large and medium sized businesses. New office suites included a "knee hole" credenza which was a place for a terminal or personal computer and keyboard tray. Soon new office designs also included "U-shape" suites which added a bridge worksurface between the back credenza and front desk. During the North American recession of the early 1990s, many manager and executive workers had to do word processing and other functions previously completed by typing pools and secretaries. This necessitated a more central placement of the computer on these "U-shape" suite desk systems.

With computers abounding, "computer paper" became an office staple. The beginning of this paper boom gave birth to the dream of the "paperless office", in which all information would appear on computer monitors. However, the ease of printing personal documents and the lack of comfort with reading text on computer monitors led to a great deal of document printing. The need for paperwork space vied with the rising desk space taken up by computer monitors, CPUs, printers, scanners, and other peripherals. As well, the need for more space led some desk companies to attach some items to the modesty panel at the back of the desk, such as multi-outlets and cabling.

Through the "tech boom" of the 1990s, office worker numbers skyrocketed along with the cost of office space rent. The cubicle desk became widely accepted in North America as an economical way of putting more desk workers in the same space without actually shrinking the size of their working surfaces. The cubicle walls have become new place for workers to affix papers and other items once left on the horizontal desktop surface. Even computer monitor frames themselves are used to attach reminder notes and business cards.

Early in the 2000s, private office workers found that their side and back computer-placing furniture made it hard to show the contents of a computer screen to guests or co-workers. Manufacturers have responded to this issue by creating "Forward Facing" desks where computer monitors are placed on the front of the "U-shape" workstation. This forward computer monitor placement promotes a clearer sight-line to greet colleagues, increases computer screen privacy and allows for common viewing of information displayed on a screen.

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    Desk Resources & Historic Desks
  • DJOB AJ writing desk designed by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in 1971 for the Danish National Bank.
  • AJ Wrinting Desk - designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1971 for the Danish National Bank.
  • Deluxe Cherry Rolltop Desk: US$3,599.89.
  • Amish Avenue - Deluxe Cherry Rolltop Desk.
  • AT-AT Desk: £3,596.
  • Aram - "London's best modern furniture store since 1964."
  • Armani / Casa Camus Writing Desk.
  • ARMANI / CASA - since 2000. "Make your work or studio space a more productive environment with a key design element that combines functionality, elegance and a refined aesthetic."
  • Artemest Berdondini 1926 Roma Writing Desk 1937: €21,990.
  • Artemest - "Luxury Italian Furniture." contemporary desks & writing tables.
  • Arteriors Victoria Desk.
  • Arteriors - "Founded by Mark Moussa in 1987, Arteriors is a leader in sophisticated lighting, furniture, wall décor and accessories, beloved by discerning interior designers and retailers worldwide."
  • Azacena Sciabola Gigante desk.
  • Azucena
  • B&B ITALIA - writing desks.
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  • Bodil Kjær Executive Desk, designed 1959.
  • Bodil KjÆr Executive Desk - designed 1959.
  • Carl Hansen CH110 Desk, lacquered oak, design by Hans Wegner: US$16,875.
  • Carl Hansen CH110 Desk - designed by Hans Wegner in 1970.
  • Cassina Ospite Table
  • Cocobolo Desk by Don Shoemaker: €13.179,80.
  • Cocobolo Desk - by Don Shoemaker.
  • Copenhagen Joinery - "Handmade Furniture."
  • Dymitr Malcew Executive Desk.
  • Dymitr Malcew Executive Desk
  • 1949 EDU Desk Unit: US$1,299.
  • Eames Desk Unit - designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1949.
  • Finn Juhl Diplomat Desk.
  • Finn Juhl Diplomat Desk - designed by Danish designer Finn Juhl c. 1965. Rosewood "Diplomat Series" desk with 4 drawers and 2 pull out writing areas, aluminium pulls.
  • Fornasetti
  • GEORGE NELSON HOME DESK - designed in 1958 and manufactured by Vitra.
  • Gubi Go-Desk Master table top.
  • GUBI DESK - Go-Desk Master table top.
  • Herman Miller
  • Jacques étagère Luxe Lucite desk: US$3,495.
  • Jacques étagère
  • KATAKANA WRITING DESK - handmade by Dare Studio.
  • Florence Knoll Executive Desk (1961).
  • Knoll - since 1938. "Work from home."
  • LIGNE ROSET - since 1860.
  • Linley Riviera Rosewood Rouge Desk Desk: £74,500.
  • LINLEY - since 1985. "A good desk is a vital piece for every person’s office and work space. Designed to add a sleek touch to your workspace. From Classic to Evolution to Bespoke LINLEY desks are crafted in a selection of woods including walnut and eucalyptus, like other signature LINLEY pieces, the desks are created with the upmost attention to every detail."
  • Louis Vuitton Stokowski Writing Desk Trunk: US$97,000.
  • Louis Vuitton Stokowski Writing Desk Trunk - "The secretary was conceived and made exclusively for the orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski to correspond to his work and travel habits. It has become over time a legendary object." Size: 95×40×45cm.
  • Luzzo Bugatti Grand Prix car inspired desk.
  • LUZZO BESPOKE - Bugatti Grand Prix car inspired desk incorporates retractable monitor, height adjustment, self closing lockable drawers.
  • MANUFACTURE DE LUXE - "Exceptional Fine Furnishings."
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  • Sidus writing desk by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto.
  • Maxalto - writing desks.
  • Nicholas Haslam Ltd City Library Table.
  • Nicholas Haslam Ltd - established in 1980. All desks.
  • World's Most Expensive Custom Desk by Parnian: US$200,000+.
  • Parnian - "World's Most Expensive Custom Desk by Parnian: US$200,000+." It retails for about US$200,000 and makes use of 6 different types of exotic wood as well as a custom cast piece of glass. "Live Like You Mean It."
  • Phillips Collection - since 1983. "Every piece a conversation." Phillips Collection has been defining global style for over thirty years with our organic contemporary furnishings.
  • Poliform - "The Concorde desk by Emmanuel Gallina embodies a contemporary vision for intellectuality. A primary shape that emphasizes the natural quality of wood, Concorde boasts a light silhouette expressed in an essential way."
  • Poltrona Frau CEO Cube Desk.
  • POLTRONA FRAU - since 1912. "Unlike dining tables, dedicated to social moments, at home the desk was generally regarded as a private corner, a place for studying, working, concentrating. In the office it could be one of two extremes - large, unwieldy and highly symbolic, or a sad, anodyne and purely functional piece of furniture."
  • Rechteck Media Table Una.
  • Rechteck - all models.
  • Riva 1920 Navarra Desk.
  • Riva 1920 - "Made in Italy." Writing desks.
  • Writing desk designed by master cabinet maker and architect Jørgen Rud. Rasmussen.
  • RUD. RASMUSSEN - Danish Art Furniture since 1869.
  • Simpsons - leather desks; bespoke designer desks.
  • STEVE VIGAR DESIGN - Palladio-inspied style handcrafted writing desks.
  • Swaine Adeney Brigg bespoke leather desk.
  • SWAINE ADENEY BRIGG Bespoke - since 1750. "250 Years' of British Craftsmanship."
  • Thonet
  • Vimercati classic writing table Imperio style.
  • Vimercati - "Luxury Classic Furniture."
  • Walter Knoll
  • Zanotta Cavour Desk: £7,619.
  • Zanotta
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