Austrian carpenter Vinzenz Hefele built this Biedermeier secretary in 1840 as his masterpiece - something Germanic tradespeople must build to in order to attain guild membership. The purpose of the piece was to demonstrate Hefele's exceptional craftsmanship.
With more than 100 drawers - most of which are hidden and accessed via intricate, yet simple mechanisms - Hefele's secretary certainly does the trick.
The desk took more than a year-and-a-half to build. It's made of walnut and measures five feet tall and three-and-a-half feet wide.
Watch Johannes Ranacher, a conservator at Austria's Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), reveal the desk's secrets in the video below.
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