If you have stuff, you eventually want to put it somewhere, out of sight, temporarily at least. That’s what cabinets are for. Besides doing you a favour, they can be quite an eye-catching item all by themselves.

Above was made for a 17th century person with small stuff. Seen here.

This is a lemony cabinet of the credenza type. According to patriciagrayinc, it is a ” classic credenza designed by the fabulous Tommi Parzinger”. She’s probably right.

Above seen at apartmenttherapy. It is the work of Xavier Lust. Who else?

This above is very very nice in the thoroughly modern credenza mode. It is called the Lake Credenza, and it is from from BDDW, shown here.

Above is “la faceta” which was designed by Markus Fischer for WK Wohnen of Germany. Seen here

More unexpected is this cabinet/credenza that features the artwork of graphic artist Guido Crepax (1933-2003), who was influential in the development of European comic art. His most famous storyline, featuring the character ‘Valentina’, was created in 1965, and that’s her all over the furniture. See here.

Which brings to mind the amazing Piero Fornasetti, above and below.

Above is his cabinet Libri, one of hundreds and hundreds of wonderful things he designed, from plates to wallpaper, from umbrella stands to cabinets. A good presentation at designboom–click “enter the world of fornasetti”

This is named “Kiss” by Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero, inspired by his father’s famous series “Tema e Variazioni”. The shape is that of Piero’s cabinet “Libri” . Limited edition of 12 pieces for Nilufar of Milan

Seen here for eg

If you care for something with more of a regular-working-stiff look, the above is a postal sorting cabinet that can be had from an amazing store called Factory 20 in Virginia.

Another hard working cabinet from Factory 20, this one with enough drawers for almost any pack rat. Factory 20 has a website here.

OK, so what if I want something thoroughly utilitarian and thoroughly modern–and room for lots of stuff. This might do:

Known simply as Toolbox, designed by Pietro Arosio, made by EmmeBi and seen at the seemingly never ending Chaplin’s website. If you like to look a furniture, you can spend a lot of time at Chaplin’s and more money than you’ll ever earn.

But the truth is we are not all that modern when it comes to stuff here at the R of L. We keep all kinds of things that most people wouldn’t and some of it is just plain peculiar and very difficult to justify. So it could be that our ideal storage unit is a cabinet of curiosities like the one above in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, probably made in the Northern Netherlands between 1675 and 1700. Go here.

It will have to do until modern designers take on the pack rat crowd.