Last weekend I was asked if I could build any piece of furniture with no production limitation, what would I build? Every designer who asked this type of question is probably considering something futuristic, but I had something different in mind. A very unusual old storage cabinet. Discerning vintage hunters may have seen one before. You probably haven’t, chances are, so I’ll describe it here.
Intriguing trays, drawers and swivel surfaces characterize antique dental cabinets. In the 19th and 20th centuries, most of a dentist’s tools were non-motorized hand tools, many of them, and they needed a way to keep everything close at hand. Remember that dentistry is a demanding job and that with a patient in pain they would want quick access to a necessary tool at all times, so organization would be of the utmost importance. Enter the unsung genius designers who created these:
Big cry, you say, it’s not that impressive. Well that’s because I started off with a weaker one (although it’s still cool, look at the pull-out tray on the left side and the swivel trays on the right side) and end with a much louder :
While there are a variety of cool things that slipâ¦
… my favorite is all these swivel trays with different types of organizers:
Even cooler is that they are all removable.
You can take everyone out as needed, to transfer them to work. This is made possible by this attachment:
This accessory sits on one of the many necklaces – I guess I can’t quite make it out in the photo – that are mounted on the pivot bar.
Also nice are these double doors on which to hang things. The second opens to reveal room for even more storage.
Finally, it has a mirror on top, presumably so the dentist can check their own pearly whites before going to the patient.
Fun fact: Dentistry in the 19th and early 20th centuries was said to have been so expensive that âsome people chose to have all their teeth pulled out to save themselves a lifetime of pain. [Dentistry documentarian and history professor Joanna] Bourke says, âHaving all of your teeth removed was considered the perfect gift for a 21st birthday or a newly married bride.â Lending.