First used in Italy during the late Renaissance, a cabinet offer storage shelves behind two doors. At first, they were all about displaying precious possessions, such as china, collectibles and other curiosities. They tended to be sumptuous, and full of elaborate decoration and gilding. They were later used by the wealthy in England and France, and inlaid designs were meticulously made in Germany. During the 19th century, when they became easier to produce, they became more commonplace.
While many may associate a display closet with a grandmother’s proud crockery collection, contemporary designs are anything but old-fashioned. Some with glass doors can still be used for show, but many are more for tucking away the essential objects of daily life. In fact, their shapes and finishes are so stunning, the closet itself is often the display item in a home.
A closet will look right at home beside other luxury furniture in a dining room, living room, foyer, hallway, study, majlis, office, bedroom and more. What’s more, luxury closets are often so beautifully designed, they’re special enough, and durable enough, to become heirloom pieces you can pass down.
A sleek and stylish cabinet in the dining room can give you room to keep your cutlery, candles, table linen, and serveware. Looking for extra storage space in your entertainment area? A bar cabinet is what you need. In the bedroom, a wardrobe cabinet is great for couples needing extra clothing storage.
For a truly stand-out storage cabinet, go for a unique statement piece meticulously crafted by artisans known to be masters of the centuries-old craft.