Transformer Furniture Is So One Hundred Years Ago: Dresser Turns Into Desk

desk open
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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.

closeup of desk hinge
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It has two moving components: a sliding drawer and a drop-down face, supported by the brass arc.

desk face up looks like chest of drawers
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You fold up the face...

desk closed
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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.

desk latch
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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.

transformer desk face up
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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.