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A unique storytelling device created for an exhibition by Designersblock as part of the London Design Festival 2012, the Bureau consisted of a Victorian writing desk, heavily modified to incorporate four locked drawers and four hidden unlocking mechanisms. An escape room in miniature.

Tuning the colour of the oil lamp unlocked the first drawer, whilst turning the three wise monkeys opened the second. The clock acted as a three digit combination lock, and tapping out a tune on the desk surface unlocked the final drawer. Finally, a brass service bell chimed every time a drawer was successfully unlocked.

Made in collaboration with Studio801.