An elegant table holds a surprising number of secret compartments. (VIDEO)

Try to Find All the Hidden Spaces in This Beautiful, Elaborate Table (Video)

Try to Find All the Hidden Spaces in This Beautiful, Elaborate Table (Video)

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Nov. 2 2015 1:00 PM

A World Inside

This beautiful table is actually packed with secret compartments.

Automaton's Secret

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To explain Apple’s lofty design standards, Steve Jobs famously invoked a lesson his carpenter father taught him: A great carpenter will make the hidden parts of a cabinet just as beautiful as the visible ones. Craig Thibodeau, the designer of the furniture in the video above, has taken this idea to a charming extreme with a cool piece that’s all about the hidden spaces.

This beautiful object just never seems to run out of hidden corners. I’m not even sure what you should call it: a table? a cabinet? Thibodeau calls it an “automaton table." Whatever it is, it’s delightfully ridiculous. The video goes one-by-one through the many secret compartments Thibodeau snuck into the piece, and it’s like an intricate puzzle.

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Somewhere, this conversation may have already occurred: “Honey, do you remember where I put my watch?” “In the automaton table.” “Yeah, but where did I put my watch?”