Modern designers might have a coronary with the lack of user-friendliness contained within this 236-year-old cabinet, but nobody can fault the ingenuity. With no electricity or motors, this impossibly intricate desk transforms from an attractive piece of furniture into an endlessly useful writing station, all at the push of a button. Okay, buttons. Lots of them. With springs, weights, and pulleys hidden behind every nook and cranny, secret cubbies and drawers appear like magic.
We’d say this must have been the brainchild of the Steve Jobs of the era, but, given the Apple wizard’s well-known fear of buttons, maybe it was more the Sergey Brin of his time.
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