On a recent Ikea expedition, I admired the many powder-coated-steel storage options, and in particular, the doctor’s-office-style Fabrikör cabinet, shown above. Julie, coincidentally, had just been eyeing the classic vitrine by metal-furniture maker Adico of Portugal, which has a history as a hospital furnishings supplier.
The two vintage-style designs—one a state-of-the-art remake, the other priced to sell—clearly took inspiration from similar originals. Ideal in bathrooms, the cabinets also work well in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms—any space in need of display storage with a clean-lined, sanitary edge.
The Adico Classic Collection, a relaunch of some of its own original designs, includes the 213 Two-Door Vitrine, made to the same exacting standards as it was in the 1920s. It’s available in eight colors from Twentytwentyone in the UK; £1,040 ($1,339.36).
N.B.: There are many other versions of these metal-and-glass cabinets, including Restoration Hardware’s Pharmacy Large Bath Cabinet, $1,475, and World Market’s Large White Giselle Cabinet, on sale for $119.98 from $149.98.
Source original models by searching online for “vintage medical cabinets” and “vintage pharmacy cabinets.” Urban Remains in Chicago specializes in industrial furniture and has one of the largest supplies, most of which have been refinished to expose the steel frames.
Take a look at more of our High/Low finds:
- High/Low: The “It” Live-Edge Trestle Table
- High/Low: The Hipster Swedish Leather Kontiki Sofa
- High/Low: The Rugged Leather Campaign Chair
Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose the hardware items for your bathroom in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Bath Hardware.