Design Interior Design Transformer Furniture Is So One Hundred Years Ago: Dresser Turns Into Desk By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Lloyd Alter / CC BY 2.0 TreeHugger loves transformer furniture, that folds up in small spaces or serves multiple functions. But there is really nothing new about it; I have shown British campaign furniture and noted that in the middle ages, all of the furniture was portable and multifunction. I spent the last two days working on an interesting desk in a house in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, that completely disappears into a dresser. Lloyd Alter / CC BY 2.0 It has two moving components: a sliding drawer and a drop-down face, supported by the brass arc. Lloyd Alter / CC BY 2.0 You fold up the face... Lloyd Alter / CC BY 2.0 and when you push in the drawer, it looks like a perfectly respectable dresser with working drawers. So, you not only get a working desk, but you get reasonable storage underneath. Lloyd Alter / CC BY 2.0 When I pulled the desk drawer out again I could not drop the face, and panicked a bit, had I broken it? Fortunately, when I put some light on I noticed two buttons on the interior that released latches that held the face in place. Lloyd Alter / CC BY 2.0 It was a very comfortable desk to work at, with about 15 inches of knee space. The traditional felt was a great mousepad. It really made perfect sense. No doubt IKEA makes something like this, and there are quite a few drop-down desks on the market. But they certainly nailed it a hundred years ago or whenever this one was designed.