Kamara Storage Cabinet

$3,800$5,200

 
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Dimensions (mm): 590 wide x 455 deep x 990 high.

Primary Materials: Solid Timber or Timber Veneer Board.

Secondary Materials: Castors (nylon), steel (hinges + lock); decorative fiberglass panels; rubber trim.

Finish: water based clear (matte) lacquer.

Product Timber Options: Mountain Ash or Silver Wattle or Tasmanian Myrtle or Tasmanian Blackwood.

Description

A modern ‘steamer’

The Kamara storage cabinet represents a modern interpretation of the classic ‘steamer travelling trunk‘ from years gone by (particularly the 1920’s & 30’).  One key difference however is that the Kamara is not intended to be used for travelling.  Who would really use these trunks these days for that purpose?  Rather the Kamara storage cabinet has been specifically designed to storage important documentation.

As some of you are aware, one of our PodMarket® directors (Fiona McKenzie) is also a barrister.  In fact she is still a practising member of the Victorian Bar.  Goodness knows how she finds the time.  But Fiona is one of a kind and blessed with amazing skills.  Check out more about Fiona here.

Consequently if there’s one thing we understand, it’s that barristers, solicitors and judges – as well as all kinds of other high-end professionals – have very specific storage requirements.  How do they securely house those folders, briefs and files, within their chambers or offices and at home?

The normal setup

We’re fully aware that the majority of offices and chambers will already have standard, in-built, static cabinetry.  These will have basic shelving and drawers which will either be exposed or ‘hidden’ behind doors.  They will be made of laminated particle board or be painted with the most toxic lacquer imaginable.  Sometimes they’ll even be made from powder coated steel, and they’ll come all the way from China.

And that’s pretty much it.  This type of storage does the job, but it doesn’t really add anything else to the space at all.  Who cares anyway? It’s just for those ugly documents, papers, files and folders.

As far as we’re concerned, such ubiquitous, fixed cupboards etc fall within the domain of standard joinery and commercial installation.  There’s nothing new with this form of storage.  It’s predictable, boring and useful enough we suppose.

Today’s professional

However, many professionals who work within these types of chambers, rooms or offices require different types of storage options.  One size doesn’t always fit all.  We have had many requests over the years to customise particular offices for many and varied clients.  These professionals like work outside the cookie cutter office set-up.

Sometimes, certain files and folders simple need to be easily accessible when you’re seated at your desk.  Being on a high shelf over in the corner on a fixed bookcase is of no use sometimes.  So what do people do?  They stack these files on their desks, chairs, or even the floor.  “Just until the specific job or case is over”.  But the case drags on, or they get pulled away on another job.  Or a client/patient comes in to visit.  And that’s when the piling house of cards, really needs to get stored out of sight.

And there’s always the issue of having to move chambers or offices from time to time.  It does happen.  And it’s not practical to take away all of that fixed shelving.  Investing in a functional as well as movable storage cabinet sounds like a very smart idea to us.

Not to mention the aesthetic limitations of the previously described forms of static cupboards.  People spend very long hours at work.  Who wants to be surrounded by these bog-standard, boring pieces of mass produced storage?  Art work will only get you so far.

Surely there must be something different available.  Something that looks good whilst still being versatile and functional?

Yes there is.

The Kamara Storage Cabinet

Our Kamara storage cabinets are freestanding but very stable and secure.   You can easily take them with you when you decide to move offices or chambers etc.  They also allow you to move them within arm’s reach if there are a number of folders that you need to consistently have close by for any reason.

Furthermore, each storage cabinet can be closed up tight, securely locked , and pushed right up against any wall or corner to be entirely out of the way when desired.  Client meeting stress is now solved.

These storage cabinets open and close cleverly too.  They don’t open using traditional doors.  Instead they pivot open right in the middle.  this means that each side of the cabinet needs to only be half the width of traditional storage cabinets.

Each Kamara is also completely lockable, giving you greater piece of mind and security.  And their appearance can also be varied quite dramatically via the selection of the external timber and the special feature coloured fibreglass panels.  These decorative fibreglass panels are made in Los Angeles, California.  They add a textured depth to these storage cabinets which is not often nowadays.  In fact they are the exact same fibreglass utilised on the designer classic Eames chairs (made by Modernica Inc).  There are over 30 panel colours to choose from, and they can differ from front to back as desired by you.  Please contact us regarding your options here.

The clothing Kamara

There’s also one more thing the Kamara storage cabinets can offer.  Another type of storage solution.

We know that many professionals work extremely long hours and often have engagements to attend before, during or after work.  Hence, we designed an alternative configuration.  One to house clothing, instead of files and folders.

Here, we have replaced the shelves with a specific hanging bracket.  This bracket has holes in it that can accept coat hangers.  Welcome to the Clothing Kamara trunk!  So now you can have closed, lockable, stylish storage cabinets with you at the office to house that casual outfit or spare suit as the situation arises.

Legal robes?  Not a problem either.  Easy done.  Our in house counsel is so proud.

Delivery and lead time

We pride ourselves on our transparency and honesty, so we’d like to explain our delivery options in this same manner. Find out more about our delivery options.

Delivery method: Client Pick-Up (free); Delivery to Your Door Organised by PodMarket (invoiced separately); Delivery Organised by Client
Lead time: approx 5-8 weeks

Note

1. Please contact us regarding the available colours of the decorative fiberglass panels. The front + back can match or vary as desired.
2. Other timber finishes also available upon request.

Product design

Design: PodMarket Pty Ltd
Made in Melbourne

Sustainability

Sustainability is our essence, not just a tag line.
Good Design is sustainable. Minimal materials, cleverly put together, avoiding unnecessary production and waste. Well crafted designs that last a long time, because if you buy cheap you pay twice, and so does the environment.

Sustainability is about health, avoiding bad chemicals, using non-toxic materials.  Choice of materials is important. We prefer natural fibres in our fabrics. Wools, cottons, linens, and leather.  Timber is a great choice for sustainable outcomes. Forests are good for our environment, and timber production has many eco-benefits. We prefer timbers that are properly harvested using sustainable forestry practices, and timbers that last. We use glass, or metal when that’s what the item needs to be beautiful, or functional, or to last a long time. That’s part of a sustainable outcome too.
For further information, please refer to  our design principles and our materials sections.

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