Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk
Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk

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Vintage Grey Steel Tanker Desk

Regular price R 4,500.00 Sale price R 2,700.00

This is retro royalty - a bold, industrial and virtually indestructible vintage, steel tanker desk.

So-called tanker desks are sheet steel variations of the pedestal desk, which is basically a rectangular top resting on one or two pedestals or cabinets of stacked drawers. In the case of the steel desks, the pedestal resembles some kind of tank, and from there the name.


The first tanker desks were made in 1946 in the United States and they were rolled out of the factories up to the seventies. We estimate this one to be from the fifties. They were largely destined for state institutions like schools and government departments.


Tanker desks are decidedly mid-century, with a strong lingering aroma of art deco and the Bauhaus style.


Condition: It is unrestored but in fair condition. The steel has a few light dings, as can be expected of a piece of it’s age, and the vinyl on top has seen better days. Some people like these historical marks, or patina, while others might want to replace the top. Look at the pictures to understand the condition.

Dimensions: 86 x 154 x 74 cm h (height is adjustable).