This week at the Old Cinema we are pleased to bring you a trio of chests originally produced by Waring & Gillows for the Natural History Museum. These beautifully Upcycled storage banks contain a myriad of individually painted drawers, perfectly suited to protect and access documents of varying sizes.   

Originally housed in the working rooms of London’s Natural History Museum, banks of drawers with varying sizes were commissioned as built in storage for the archives. The organization of specimens and samples has contributed to the vast knowledge base acquired by the museum since its birth in 1881.

Since their departure they have been lovingly Upcycled by two artists from Richmond; Alan King and Jamie Fennell, who have re-built the outer carcasses and used retro colours to re-imagine these chests in a Bauhaus style. We are pleased to offer these Upcycled originals, which truly demonstrate a marriage of form and function. 

‘Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order’ – Victor Papanek


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