Fascination with credenzas

Fascination with credenzas

I’m getting a little obsessed over finding the right credenza for my family living room.  Research for my recent post on Re:Generation led me to this review in Elle Decór of the top 10 credenzas, including one made by Re:Generation.  My favorite? The Pearson Media Console from Crate and Barrel.  Seems relatively inexpensive to me for $1,499. Here are my favorites, in descending order. What’s yours?

Pearson Media Console from Crate and Barrel

Pearson Media Console from Crate and Barrel

Stockholm TV Unit from Ikea

Stockholm TV Unit from Ikea

Thin Edge Buffet by George Nelson for Herman Miller

Thin Edge Buffet by George Nelson for Herman Miller

Lake Credenza by BDDW

Lake Credenza by BDDW

Haller Credenza by USM Modular Furniture

Haller Credenza by USM Modular Furniture

379 Credenza by RE:generation

379 Credenza by RE:generation

From Elle Decor sometime in 2012

The Top 10 Credenzas

Designers Sara Story and Neal Beckstedt get the lowdown on these sleek cabinets that bring star power to more than just the dining room

By Laura Regensdorf

THE EXPERTS

Neal Beckstedt

Recently tapped to decorate the conservatory of the 2012 Kips Bay showhouse, this New York designer creates contemporary, casual-chic interiors for fashion-world insiders like Derek Lam. nbeckstedtstudio.com

Sara Story

The Manhattan decorator has brought her elegant, worldly style to homes from Texas to Singapore. She is at work on a line of Asianinspired wallpapers. sarastorydesign.com

In the homes of the well-to-do in Renaissance Italy, no dining room was complete without a credenza— a sturdy sideboard with storage and a place to set dishes. In the mid-20th century, the piece had a renaissance of its own. The clean-lined, elongated new versions, such as Florence Knoll’s 1961 classic, proved to be as functional in the office or living area as they had been near the dinner table.

For decorator Sara Story, the credenza might call to mind a Mad Men set, but it plays an essential role in today’s interiors. “It offers great storage without taking over the room,” she says. It’s important to consider how a piece opens, she adds: “In a tight spot, sliding doors are a plus.”

Designer Neal Beckstedt finds that height is a key element: Taller cabinets work well in dining or bar areas, while low units can hold a TV. “Credenzas are now more media driven,” he says. But thanks to modern remote-control technology, he adds, much of the equipment can hide behind closed doors.

via Dining Room Furniture – The Top 10 Credenzas – ELLE DECOR.