Saturday, March 7, 2009
When I wrote about sheet music storage cabinets, Cynthia Friedlob commented:
There are flat files available for fine art storage, but these cabinets also would serve very nicely for smaller work.
I'm certain that you could find some unusual art storage systems in your online travels, so maybe you'd consider a post devoted to them -- or have you done one already? Heaven knows artists need help organizing!
Wow - I've never written about art storage! Let's fix that. And I'll start with flat files, for those who don't know about them, and move on to other options.
Flat files can be found through art supply stores: Dick Blick Art Materials, Utrecht Art Supplies, Madison Art Shop, and many more. You can also find them at drafting equipment stores, such as Drafting Equipment Warehouse.
Safco is one of the major providers of steel flat files - those are Safco files at the top. Facil flat files are made by Safco. [photo from DraftingSteals.com]
You can get them in a range of colors. [Photo from Ambience Dore.]
Jack Richeson and Company makes oak flat files. [photo from Rex Art Supplies]
The Kate Palmer taboret, a combination of work surface and flat files, is part of Richeson's BEST line.
Another brand you'll see is SMI (a leading manufacturer of wood architectural and engineering furniture for over 25 years, according to the Mercantila web site) SMI makes (among other things) unfinished natural birch flat files - so you can take a basic file and make it a work of art. [photo from Dick Blick Art Supply; painting by Casey Riordan Millard]
Mayline makes both steel and wood flat files, called "plan files" on the Mayline web site. [photo from Hertz Furniture Systems] Standard colors are sand beige, white, gray, or black - but you can get them in other colors, too. Hamilton files are made by Mayline.
Bieffe flat files come from Italy, and you can buy them through Art Supply Warehouse.
A smaller company is Frid Furniture, which is still getting its web site in place. However, you can see the company's wood flat files on eBay. Update on June 14, 2009: The Frid Furniture web site is in place - and you can also still see the furniture on eBay.