Industrial Storage Cabinet

metal industrial style storage unit from
metal industrial style storage unit from

The industrial furniture trend shows no sign of disappearing and while, on the one hand, as the high street gets involved the early adopters move on, on the other, it does mean that it becomes more affordable for the others.

It’s all very well if you can afford a genuinely vintage industrial metal cabinet that was salvaged from a factory in France and cleaned up and brought back here for you to buy but, if you can’t, then there are alternatives.

I’m a big fan of I have two of their buttonback armchairs in my library, which was listed in Living Etc’s top 50 rooms feature, so they must be good.

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This new rankin collection is handmade by Indian artisans, which means that, like a true vintage piece, no two are exactly the same. It has a shelf inside and there’s a matching desk too. The cupboard is £399 and the desk £299.

Although, if you’re going down this route the key is not to buy two matching pieces as you would be unlikely to find that in your abandoned East European factory but to choose one and then style it up with something else to create your own look.

I would definitely love one of these in my spareroom/kidshangoutspace/husband’sofficeplace which currently has a rather ugly black wooden open fronted and therefore very messy cupboard in it. Sadly as it’s everyone’s room except mine I don’t really have a say.




Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.