Here reigned a type of furniture that, having capriciously incorporated styles of ornament from different centuries, was thoroughly imbued with itself and its own duration. overly could have no place in these rooms, where death itself had none. There was no place in them to die [. . .] In these rooms, death was not provided for. That is why they appeared so cozy by day and became the scene of bad dreams at night.

Walter Benjamin, Berlin Childhood, 1900