My husband recently attended a wedding in the Kansas City area and then celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on the Country Club Plaza the rest of the weekend. We browsed through the Restoration Hardware store on the Plaza (in the space previously occupied by a movie theater) and found this "Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk" for a mere $3,500 and change. According to the online catalog:
Crafted by antiques dealer and furniture maker Timothy Oulton of London, our oversized steamer trunk armoire is configured as an ingeniously designed secretary.
~Reproduction antique steamer trunk
~Handmade of distressed vintage cigar leather over a solid wood frame
~Aniline-dyed leather has an antiqued, vintage look
~Accented with over 3,000 hand-hammered brass nailheads
~Features a pull-down desktop and multiple drawers, cubbies, wire management and bookshelves
~Lined in leather-edged canvas
~Stands on wheels for mobility and closes for storage and privacy
~Leather-bound corner brackets, leather-wrapped handles, oak slats with a tobacco finish and cast-metal antiqued hardware
~No two are exactly alike, making each trunk truly unique
~Leather is resistant to scratches and becomes softer over time and with use, contributing to its antiqued patina
It looked like a very convenient arrangement, especially if one concentrated on one project: all the resources close at hand; places for storage; even a sense of privacy and seclusion. Because of its size, however (39"W x 29"D x 76"H) it wouldn't seem to fit in traditional home--better for a loft or large studio. I liked it and could imagine myself working away and then closing the doors to hide all the clutter of a busy desktop!