Sunday, May 2, 2010
My acupuncturist has a lovely storage piece for his herbs, as I've mentioned before. When someone commented that they'd like something similar, I went looking to see what's out there.
Such pieces are usually called apothecary cabinets or medicine chests. You'll see a lot of them that are either Chinese antiques, or replicas of those antique pieces. The one above is an antique Chinese medicine cabinet being sold by Ron Miller Furniture.
Eastern Curio has a number of apothecary cabinets; this is one.
Here's a 96-drawer medicine chest.
Look at the detail on that one! The same company has a smaller 41-drawer medicine chest. These are reproduction pieces, and they can be found on other web sites, too.
But not all apothecary chests have this Chinese look. Furniture maker Stan Pike specializes in lovely apothecary cabinets; he has quite a variety.
And here's an apothecary cabinet with another very different look.
Sometimes apothecary cabinets get incorporated into other pieces of furniture, as with this piece sold by TR Hayes in the U.K.
And here's an apothecary media stand from Southern Enterprises, Inc. Update on May 18, 2010: In the comments, Jennefer points out that these are false drawer fronts. Darn!
The Leslie Dame apothecary-style CD storage cabinets are widely available.
And finally, here's a lovely piece, called Toolbox, from EmmeBi Design. The company doesn't call an apothecary cabinet, but fortunately, Monoscope did - which let me find it. (See Design Milk for a picture of the whole unit.) This is a modular piece, so you don't need to have 90 drawers, but you could - with numbered drawer pulls for each one!
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