I present another cautionary tale of what happens when you don’t take time to fully examine design elements, even ones that seems relatively minor. A badly placed sliver of wood can muck things up in unexpected ways.
Let’s examine this typical slant front desk:
Take a quick look at the back of the desk:
A unique feature is this decoration on the bracket feet:
Today’s lesson exists in the gallery:
A closer view of the central area starts the narrative of the fail:
Usually, if there are no handles on the boxes, there is some assist mechanism inside the prospect:
The size of the molding on the right document box keeps the door from opening fully in turn prevents you opening any of the three drawers:
The other problem you run into is that to open the door wide enough use the drawers, you need to remove the right document box. But if you open the door wide enough to get to the cutout in the back of the prospect, the door blocks the removal of the document box.
Not related to that issue the shrinkage of the wood making the sides of the document box:
I saw another example of questionable design in a secretary I saw at MESDA (Museum of Southern Decorative Arts) in Winston Salem. It was in this secretary:
Then you see the back of the prospect door:
One of the truly great mysteries of furniture design. We will never know.
It is claimed that George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate (in Asheville, NC, built 1889 to 1895) was one of the first residences to have fully plumbed bath tubs. The tubs all have overflow drains. Was this need anticipated or discovered?