Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Any suggestions for nice-looking furniture file cabinets?
Sure! I wrote about stylish file cabinets a few years ago - and the ones I listed are still fine choices - but it's time for an update. Let's split the choices between those provided by woodworkers, and those provided by office furniture companies. Note that most of these companies make both lateral and vertical file cabinets, even if I just show one or the other.
Woodworkers and Custom Furniture Companies
While I've mentioned McKinnon Furniture in this blog before, I never mentioned the company's file cabinets - which are shown above. Each piece is signed by the craftsperson who made it.
Here's a lateral file from The Joinery, which guarantees its products for life. The wood used is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
McKinnon and The Joinery are located on the USA's West Coast - Seattle and Portland - but now let's move on to the East Coast and Vermont Wood Studios. The company's tag line is "fine furniture from sustainable sources" - and the filing cabinets certainly do look beautiful.
And this file cabinet was made from Oregon walnut by Thomas J. Russo of Woodstock, New York; I found it through the wonderful CustomMade web site.
Hardwood Artisans, located in Virginia, has some lovely file cabinets, too.
And for those of you in Europe, I've at least found one interesting source of file cabinets: Typical English, with its hand-made reproduction English furniture. The company's showroom is located in Amsterdam, its manufacturing is based in the U.K., and it sells and delivers its furniture around the world. (Photo used with permission of David Nicholas, the copyright holder.)
Office Furniture Companies
While the filing cabinets from these companies won't be the very special pieces that the ones from woodworkers would be, they don't have to be just ugly metal file cabinets, either. You can find file cabinets with wood laminate, which softens the look and can work nicely in home offices. (I have a file cabinet with wood laminate drawer fronts, myself.)
For example, here's a file cabinet from Herman Miller.
HON also has some laminate file cabinets.
And BDI is yet another company with wood laminate file cabinets.
And Returning to the Woodworkers
Finally, here's a very different (and stunning) piece - a filing cabinet bench.
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