From the beginning storage has been sought after.  We accrue, amass, and accumulate.  No matter how much space, we fill it, and need a place for more.

Dining room cabinet in the wall

Cabinets in walls, cubbies in stalls, cubicles in closets.  Did you ever think of a cabinet inside a wall?  It is done with medicine cabinets all the time.  But how about a larger cabinet to store stuff?  Like in the dining room. Instead of a buffet cabinet sitting in the room on the floor, how about putting a cabinet in a wall?  It can have a serving area, as it is here in the middle of the cabinet, as well as storage. All your dishes, crystal, silver, serving pieces. everything.  Everything is away, and still convenient.  This one is a contemporary version, but it can be any design of your preference.

Take a wall out, making two rooms into one.  One large one, and build cabinets around the supporting columns.

Cabinets (open) hiding columns

Cabinets (closed) built around supporting columns

Now you have a party room, with two cabinets housing all your party stuff, right there where you need it. I designed these based on the clients requests so that beverages and refreshments could be served while mingling with guests.

The cabinets are made in wood, olive ash burl, with a special gloss polyurethane finish that is indestructible.

Here’s some back-story.  Let’s call it history.  In the 17th century, William of the Netherlands married Mary of England.  They had their own style for storage.

William & Mary cabinet

These amazing works of art served them well, to store and to view.  Cabinet veneered with burr maple.  English, c. 1690.  The trumpet-legs, typical of the style, are restored. The floral marquetry panels show the Dutch influence.  This period of William and Mary is most characteristically known in English cabinetmaking history as the “Age of Walnut.” See this in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

What about my writer friends.  Do you have a desk?  Where do you keep all your papers?

Here’s one for you.  The writing section can be pulled down, and look at all that drawer space in the walnut-veneer

William & Mary Secretaire-cabinet c.1700

secretaire-cabinet, with bun feet and teardrop hardware, typical of the William and Mary style, with panels of arabesque marquetry and a central panel of flowers in etched and stained woods. Perhaps made in England by an immigrant Dutch craftsman, c. 1700.  Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Where do you keep all those papers?  Would you have enough space for a secretary like this one, or would a smaller one work?

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