15 Midcentury-Modern Desks That Will Channel Your Inner Peggy Olson

Updated 06/20/18

While we wouldn't necessarily want to revert back to the 1950s, there's no denying the decade played an important role in design history. Between midcentury furniture designers from George Nelsen to Charles and Ray Eames to architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Pierre Koenig, it essentially redefined how we viewed the home in its most functional sense.

Separately, women were joining the workforce like never before. Fictional characters like Peggy Olson in Mad Men showed us exactly how many hoops women had to jump through to achieve success. So if you're looking for a desk to upgrade your workspace, consider midcentury-modern desks. Not only are they stylish and functional, but they'll be a constant reminder of how hard women before us worked to get to where we are today.

Nelson Swag Leg Desk
Herman Miller Nelson Swag Leg Desk $2450

George Nelson's iconic Swag Leg Desk was designed in 1958, but it was reintroduced in 2007 featuring a cable management grommet to suit modern needs.

Penelope Mini Desk
West Elm Penelope Mini Desk $399 $319

A round midcentury-inspired desk with a marble top—this might be one of our favorites for both style and price.

Blu Dot Hitch Bookcase $639

Return to the days of wall-mounted bookshelves with this stylish Blu Dot Hitch bookcase desk. It can also be combined with other shelving units.

Risom Desk
Design Within Reach Risom Desk $1695

Originally designed in 1968 by Jens Risom for its New Canaan, Connecticut, house, this small-space desk features a beautiful leather top.

Modern Desk
West Elm Modern Desk $599

West Elm's modern desk embraces midcentury lines in a more contemporary manner and provides plenty of surface space.

Pierre Paulin Inspired Midcentury Desk $1150

This Pierre Paulin–inspired desk stems from the 1950s and is quintessential midcentury, with its built-in storage drawers.

Celine Desk
Case Celine Desk $995

This Case Celine desk may have been designed in 2008, but it embraces midcentury proportions and shapes with its tapered legs and blond wood finish.

Mid-Century Mini Secretary
West Elm Midcentury Mini Secretary $399 $319

Only have space for a desk in your entryway? This midcentury secretary desk is perfect for the task.

Langley Street Victor 3-Drawer Writing Desk $344

This chic midcentury desk features contrasting navy blue drawers to create an elegant and eye-catching color palette against the pecan wood finish.

Nelson X-Leg Table
Herman Miller Nelson X-Leg Table $1739

This George Nelson–designed X-Leg table stems straight from the 1950s and is so iconic that it is still produced today.

Mid Century Mini Desk
West Elm Midcentury Mini Desk $399 $319

If you have limited space in your apartment, West Elm's midcentury mini desk virtually blends into the décor.

Project 62 Amherst Midcentury Modern Writing Desk $180

Count on Target to provide midcentury-inspired desks at a fraction of the price. Case in point: this wooden writing desk.

Eames Desk Unit (EDU)
Herman Miller Eames Desk Unit $1600

It doesn't get more midcentury than this Eames desk designed in 1952. It's available in two color schemes.

Mid-Century Wall Desk
West Elm Midcentury Wall Desk $799 $699

Channel your inner Peggy Olson with this tall bookshelf desk from West Elm's midcentury collection. You'll even have extra storage space.

Paul McCobb Midcentury Modern Planner Group Desk $1995

Looking straight out of a Jetsons episode, this Paul McCobb desk was manufactured in the 1950s with a futuristic edge.

Next up: 14 minimalist desks that will boost your productivity.

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