Circa 1815 Library Steps/Metamorphic Chair
A fine example of dual-use furniture, consisting of a small folding staircase that can be transformed into chair. When transformed to 4 steps, the 4th step is 28.75 inches in height and the length from front to back is 39 inches. The steps themselves are 19 inches in width. Metamorphic library steps were first built in the mid-18th century for the private libraries and offices of the European nobility or the Bourgeoisie. The number of specialized rooms in the typical manor was increasing, so existing ones, like the library, had to sue space more efficiently. Consequently, these rooms often had high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The topmost shelves were difficult to reach, so movable library steps or library stairs were created as a form of domestic furniture.