Forty years ago, a Business Efficiency Exhibition in Paris unveiled a futuristic vision. It was called a "Secretary's Dream" - the combined typewriter and chair. Organisers said the typewriter chair was "designed to make work a little easier for the secretary of the future". Where did it all go wrong?
But as is usually the case with such things, there was nothing new in this idea. Fifty years earlier, in 1922, New Yorker Philip Sugerman applied for a patent for this "Combination Furniture" design. Spot the typewriter: it looks like a Rooy!