Lately, I’ve been looking at a lot of David Roentgen furniture designs from the 1700s. Roentgen was a German cabinetmaker to kings, queens, and aristocrats. He began his career as a clock maker and when he switched to furniture, he brought his horology skills with him. Many of his designs feature automation, keys with different unlocking sequences, and hidden compartments.
This animation shows how one of Roentgen’s portable gaming desks worked. I would love to see some enterprising maker attempt to recreate such a desk today.
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