Marie Antoinette found the consumption at Versailles to be a bit conspicuous, so she tended to retire to her modest little pile in the woods, the Petit Trianon, to do her own social networking.
I loved this library ladder/ stairway that appears to fold up into an ottoman. That is clever design. While we usually promote transformer furniture as a way of using less space, it can also hide utilitarian functions in plain view.
There are some interesting transformer features in the house too: the dining room table was designed to rise on a mechanism from the finishing kitchen below (food was prepared in another building and just reheated in the house) up through the dining room floor.
More old Transformer Furniture:
Giovanni Socci Does Transformer Furniture. In 1810
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