Before it was possible to customize closets (and before huge closets became a common feature for floor plans), storage furniture was a necessity. Cabinets, shelving, chests, and drawer units had to stow everything from wardrobes to linens, all while looking beautiful. Today, when closets and even kitchen cabinetry aren’t quite enough to store everything a stylish home needs, old-school storage furniture can gorgeously solve that problem.
There’s one particular piece that’s also about to make a comeback: Display cabinets. These can show off everything from glassware to plates to books (while also protecting these collections) and integrate hidden storage for the items you don’t quite want to show off. Curious about trying these curios? Here are a few of our favorite display cabinets currently available for sale at Sotheby’s Home:
Why we love it: Sleek and sophisticated, this cabinet features a rosewood cathedral veneer that has a gorgeous grain. Canister lights and a mirrored back also highlight an exquisite collection.
Why we love it: Bold but sleek, this eye-catching cabinet features adjustable shelves which allow you to create a display that suits your collection. Like the Henredon cabinet, the interior includes lighting elements that draw the eye to exquisite details. In addition to a two-door storage unit at the bottom, this piece adds even more function with a fold-out desk.
Why we love them: Made of solid mahogany, this set adds vintage appeal to any interior. Their clean-lined silhouette has a graphic quality that works with a variety of décor styles.
Why we love it: This antique cabinet makes a statement, thanks to its stunning veneer and elegant shape. The velvet-lined backing adds an unexpected element, as does the glass pane details.
Why we love it: For a more contemporary take on the display cabinet, try this shapely design. Three shelves offer plenty of space for creating vignettes, while the low drawers sneak in storage while creating a unique “platform” effect.