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Edmond Spence Serving Cart for Industria Meublera
By Industria Mueblera Mexico, Edmond J. Spence
Located in Hudson, NY
Cuban mahogany rolling bar cart with inverse tapered legs, carved handles, one drawer, and two drop-leaf extensions. Designed by American designer Edmund J. Spence in a stylized Mexi...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Mahogany

Rolling Convertible Walnut Edmond J. Spence Flip Top Bar or Serving Cart Buffet
By Edmond J. Spence
Located in Hudson, NY
Edmond J. Spence Swedish cart which could be used as a bar or as a serving cart. Black laminate top with walnut exterior. Three drawers and two doors that that have storage compartme...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Carts and Bar Carts

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Brass

Edmond Spence Serving Cart for Industria Meublera
By Edmond J. Spence, Industria Mueblera Mexico
Located in New York, NY
Rare rolling bar or serving cart of Cuban mahogany with integrated handles, flaring legs, a medial drawer and sides panels that can be raised or lowered. An elegant design by America...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

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Mahogany

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

Dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.