Cupboards, in the strict sense, are standalone cabinets that are used to store clothing, , crockery, kitchenware and other domestic objects. Contemporary cupboards come in all shapes, sizes and materials, reflecting today’s varied design landscape.
Consider the pared-down traditional forms of Russell Pinch’s ‘Frey Armoire single’, or the solemnity of Andrea Parisio’s heavily abstracted ‘Cooper’ as nods to the archetypal cupboard. Riva 1920’s ‘Adams’ follows tradition mainly in its detailing, but is less constrained by classical symmetry, for example. Studio Job’s ‘paper cupboard patchwork’, manufactured by moooi, adopts rougher, vernacular forms and renders each of the components in a different, coloured paper finish.
Such playful approach is also present among more novel designs. Mathias Frei’s ‘mf-system | Shelf with sliding doors’ is a wide cupboard, whose doors consist of smaller, colourful panels, and which can also serve as a room divider. Adriano’s design’s ‘Keramos’, produced by La Castellamonte, is a tall, wooden locker on slanting legs, whose sides are covered by large, rounded, brightly coloured ceramic tiles.
A more sober approach is demonstrated by Tokujin Yoshioka in her ‘Prism storage unit’, a tall mirror clad cupboard manufactured by Glas Italia, which blends into its surroundings. Front delivers another poetic statement: the Porro-produced ‘Mikado’, a smaller cupboard, whose outer walls are screens of irregularly placed, thin, wooden slats, creating an ambiguous internal storage, offering a peek inside.
Gabriela and Oscar Buratti’s ‘Tot’ for Gallotti&Radice is a tall, rotating cupboard with sides from painted glass, wood and a mirror finish. And finally, Lisa Hilland deconstructs a cupboard into different-sized cabinets, giving each one a different wooden finish, and collages them back together on tall, slightly ornamental legs in Gärsnäs-manufactured ‘My Granddaughter’s Cabinet’.