reclaimed drawers

A drawer without its slot sounds about as useless as a light without a bulb (or a lamp without a plug). At the same time, vintage drawers tell fascinating stories of styles gone by, from their outdated color schemes to handles and pulls no longer in production.

upcycling vintage drawers

SchubLaden takes these half-functional elements and gives them a brand-new home inside painted and stained composite-wood frames constructed around the size of the existing objects that must now fit within them.

turn drawers into wall shelf

The results are (naturally) a mixed bag when it comes to look and feel – some are easy to spot as worn or old, while others blend rather readily in a modernist black-and/or-white setting.

dresser made of reclaimed drawers

Scuff marks, paint chips, exposed wood and even hand-marked numerals are left intact – all remain pieces of personal history carried forward in a new form. Some are custom made-to-order uniques while others can be partially replicated (at least in terms of shape and size), depending on available drawers.

reclaimed drawer shelf

In some pieces, the old components dominate the scene. In other works, such as a wheeled side table, they act more like accents within a mostly-modern composition. In this case, the vintage element is not even apparent from behind.

SchubLaden drawer

“Franziska Wodicka combines old, single drawers in her designs into new, extraordinary pieces of furniture. The furniture, individually made in traditional craftsmanship and in Berlin, owes its charisma not only to the use of the original drawers – the execution is of the highest quality and loving precision down to the last detail.”

“All the sliding furniture is invariably unique. Each piece of furniture is individually designed and made individually. The most ‘unmistakable’ are the old, single, historic drawers that only exist once in this form. There may be identically constructed drawers, but each of these drawers has its own personal quirks and a possibly battered exterior.”