subtilitas:

Mount Fuji Architects Studio - Geo Metria house, Kanagawa 2011. Via, photo (C) Ken’ichi Suzuki.

design-is-fine:

Folder of Maximilian Comte de Montgelas, after 1809, Paris. © Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München 

design-is-fine:

Travel writing box, late 19th century. Hardwood with bronze plating. Hinged writing surface, various compartments for writing paper and writing utensils. Via Fischer

The modern equivalent would be a laptop. 

design-is-fine:

Charles Catteau, grand vase en faïence, 1937. Art Deco from Belgium.