Mid Century Modern Desk by Robert John Co. Walnut White Steel Frame & Laminate Top

Mid Century Modern Desk by Robert John Co. Walnut White Steel Frame & Laminate Top

Handsome mid-century modern smaller writing desk by the Robert John Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania featuring walnut cabinet with white painted steel frame and white laminate top. It is from their Steelwood collection. This desk is in wonderful restored condition. We have sanded and put a new finish on the walnut and the metal frame. The laminate has been cleaned and polished. There are still signs of age but nothing major. Please see photos. Circa 1960s.


  • Height – 29.5 Inches
  • Width – 54 Inches
  • Depth – 30 Inches
  • Kneehole Opening Size – 28 H x 30.25 W Inches
  • Weight – 118.4 Pounds


Crated Size:

  • Height – 36 Inches
  • Width – 60 Inches
  • Depth – 36 Inches
  • Weight – 250 Pounds

This wonderful mid-century modern smaller size office desk has been a real puzzle. It has taken much research and I’m still not sure I know about the Robert John Co. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their tag says Makers of Contemporary Furniture and that this desk is. When I google them all I come up with is other pieces of furniture being offered that were made by them, but I can’t find any history on the company. And, several listings say the piece was designed by Robert John but made by Knoll. I have not found supporting evidence of that statement! No matter. This is a fabulous desk with a walnut box cabinet containing three equal size drawers that are adorned with cool black and white handles. It is surrounded by a white painted metal frame which accents the walnut wonderfully and a white laminate work surface. This was originally in an architect’s office. I can see why. It has awesome lines and is beautifully designed. This desk is just the right size for a home office. Not as big as an executive desk but a little bigger than a writing desk. Fabulous! Fabulous style! Fabulous size! Fabulous condition! Make it yours.

ATTN: Since originally writing this I have obtained three vintage brochures of Robert John furnishings and this desk is from their Steelwood collection of the 1960s. I still do not know history of the company.

Keep in mind warehouse414 items are vintage and not new; they will have signs of use and wear. Please see photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections.


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