15 Midcentury-Modern Desks for Every Budget and Space

Mid-century modern desks
Design by Emily Henderson.

 Design by Emily Henderson Photography by Zeke Ruelas

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 like George Nelsen to Charles and Ray Eames to architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Pierre Koenig, the period 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 $2700

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.

Mid-Century Mini Desk
West Elm Mid-Century Mini Desk $399

A sleek, midcentury-inspired desk that's tiny enough to squeeze into a corner yet mighty enough to hold all your office essentials—this might be one of our favorites for both style and price.

Blu Dot Hitch Bookcase $599

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 $1995

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

Modern Desk
West Elm Modern Desk $899 $629

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

Midcentury Inspired Lacquered Wood Patinated Brass European Writing Desk
Pierre Paulin Midcentury Inspired Writing Desk $11543

This Pierre Paulin–inspired desk is quintessential midcentury with a contemporary twist. The beautiful lacquer finish and sleek, cross-sectioned brass legs make this a statement piece wherever you chose to place it.

Celine Desk
Case Celine Desk $1295

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

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 $320 $220

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 $2067

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 $250 $200

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 $2080

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 $699

Stay true to mid-century modern aesthetics 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 $2450

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

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