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High/Low: The Vintage-Style Pharmacy Cabinet

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High/Low: The Vintage-Style Pharmacy Cabinet

August 21, 2017

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.

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Founded in 1920, Adico still caters to hospitals, but also long-ago expanded its line to include metal indoor and outdoor furniture for the home.
Above: Founded in 1920, Adico still caters to hospitals, but also long-ago expanded its line to include metal indoor and outdoor furniture for the home.

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).

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Ikea’s Fabrikör glass-door cabinet of powder-coated steel with adjustable glass shelves is currently on sale for $169, marked down from $199. It’s shown in beige and also comes in dark gray and red-brown.
Above: Ikea’s Fabrikör glass-door cabinet of powder-coated steel with adjustable glass shelves is currently on sale for $169, marked down from $199. It’s shown in beige and also comes in dark gray and red-brown.
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.

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Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose the hardware items for your bathroom in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Bath Hardware.

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