It's smaller on the outside - The mechanical furniture of the Roentgens
February 24, 2014 7:54 AM Subscribe
The mechanical furniture of the Roentgens
The Roentgens are perhaps best known for shape-shifting roll-top desks and secretary cabinets, which could cost almost as much as small estates. These are resplendent with intricate marquetry, gilded mounts and precious inlay in mother-of-pearl, tortoise shell, bronze and ivory.BLDGBLOG
But many of them are also ingeniously mechanized with weights and springs, so that the press of a button or turn of a key can activate veritable choreographies of opening doors and pop-out drawers, hidden niches and secret mirrors, candlestick mounts, easels and bookstands. These objects seem almost to turn themselves inside out, and their expanding, cascading, always symmetrical forms can exert a nearly libidinous, definitely magical thrall.
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