In this slideshow we return to a simpler time, when a modern desk could remain unencumbered by snarls of cords, food-flecked keyboards or errant mouse pads. From pieces by Nakashima to Breuer, we present a mid-century view of an age-old problem: how to maintain a winsome work space.
A sleek and stunning teak piece, designed by Kai Kristiansen in the 1960s. The floating design features three drawers with full-width tab pulls, a filing cabinet, brass keyholes, and 2 additional lockable cabinets in the front for extra storage.
Quistgaard created this 1967 teak piece, which has a rectangular top with a hinged flip-top superstructure and is fitted with drawers and pigeonholes above a four-drawer frieze. It was manufactured by Lovig, and bears the maker's stencil on the underside.
Created by George Nelson for Herman Miller around 1952, this desk features a hidden drawer with a three-tiered shelving system on one side and a perforated metal basket on the other. Twin sliding panels obscure more shelving space above the leather-topped desk surface.