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Inspired by art and jewelry, furniture designers turn everyday storage pieces into colorful and brassy style statements

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As befits its name, the Rubber Credenza by Los Angeles designer Brian Thoreen, is made from plywood clad in neoprene, with flexible sculpted handles for doors and drawers.

Call them what you will – sideboards, buffets, credenzas, armoires and dressers – the common cabinets and cases with the fancy names have always been more utilitarian than decorative. Behind their doors and inside their drawers, they provide a repository for fine, fragile possessions. Their tops are used to layout a spread in the dining room, or house a flat screen TV anywhere else. Now, however, they are being reconsidered as leading characters rather than supporting players with interesting materials including lacquer, brass, acrylic and rubber and details that reference Hollywood glamour and 1960s and ’70s art movements.

Inspired by the work of op art artist Victor Vasarely, Luigi Gorgoni’s Victor Sideboard for Roche Bobois, distinguishes itself in any setting with adjustable doors decorated in two-tone graphic panels available in 34 different lacquered tones. The interior is finished in taupe with glass shelves, and the legs are available in a standard black or white finish. The four-door model, shown here, is just over 7 feet long and sells for $7,370 at Roche Bobois.
3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa 714.557.1422 ::  roche-bobois.com

Honeycomb patterned hardware and brass feet add a dressy flair to Jonathan Adler’s 62-inch wide Turner Credenza ($4,100), in a vivid orange that amplifies its Chinoise silhouette. The piece is also available in glossy navy and black and matte black stained wire-brushed oak with optional polished nickel hardware.
579 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.0017 :: jonathanadler.com

Dedicated to her mother, a Milan-based, jewelry designer for the likes of Sophia Loren, Los Angeles interior designer Natasha Baradaran’s 4-foot Karat commode features an ebonized walnut frame with six high-gloss vellum-clad faceted touch-latch drawers, as shown here, or doors. It’s $16,125 available at Jean de Merry.
8417 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 310.205.0991 :: jeanandmerry.com

The Orange County designer Susan Hornbeak Ortiz’s Shine By SHO collection features minimalist cabinets with extravagant detailing. The made-to-order Coco ($31,450), takes inspiration from art deco furnishings, 1970s geometric art and fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra, mixing ebonized oak with brushed brass inlays and acrylic handles.
23811 Aliso Creek Road #133, Laguna Niguel, 949.643.1000 :: shinebysho.com

A reproduction of a larger chest designed in 1939 for Arrowhead Springs Resort in San Bernardino by the legendary Dorothy Draper, the Westbury Chest is available in natural cherry wood and indigo lacquer. The curvaceous base is accented with gold leaf and the solid brass hardware includes keys for the top two locking drawers. Made in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by Kindel Furniture, it sells for $10,495 through Baker.
23811 Aliso Creek Road #177, Laguna Niguel, 949.643.2073 :: bakerfurniture.com

As befits its name, the Rubber Credenza by Los Angeles designer Brian Thoreen, is made from plywood clad in neoprene, with flexible sculpted handles for doors and drawers. Set on solid brass plate legs, the 6-foot-wide matte black cabinet ($28,000), seems to float effortlessly above the floor.
Brian Thoreen, 688 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, 213.500.6606  :: brianthoreen.com


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