Invented at the end of the 19th century, vertical filing cabinets caused a revolution in administration, allowing quick retrieval and deposit of documents and forms. Since then, the idea was adopted almost universally, and despite the emergence of digital technologies, physical filing remains essential in many workplaces.
One of the seminal furniture designs, the 1965 ‘USM Modular Furniture Haller’, designed by Fritz Haller and Paul Schärer for USM, proves its versatility by transforming into a vertical filing cabinet when necessary. Indeed, its exposed steel skeleton proves to be strong enough to store large amounts of paperwork.
A design that seems to have come from our collective memory is Dieffebi’s prosaically named ‘Filing Cabinet’, a tall sideboard with drawers that have a designated place for labels, although the same manufacturer also produces ‘Primo Lateral’, a sleeker vertical filing cabinet from aluminium, designed by Takiro Yuta.
And while Dynamobel’s ‘Plenum’, a series of vertical filing cabinets that have been on the market since 1982, includes a variety of fronts, including classic doors, drawers, as well as rolling doors or no fronts at all; their other vertical filing cabinet, ‘Base’, designed by Lluís Peiró, is a long sideboard on tall feet, that can be used as a table divider while providing each employee with sufficient storage space.