As an architect I have a real soft spot for the flat file. For the non-architects, a flat file is a practical storage system shaped to hold full-size drawings laid out flat, to prevent curling that comes with the stereotypical roll of drawings. My office actually still implements the flat file, as the more senior generation is fighting the computer era with gusto. I admit there is something to be said for looking at drawings in their printed form, breaking up hours of endlessly staring at the computer screen.
Flat File Coffee Table. Designed by REHAB Vintage.
Regardless of modern use, the flat file is a bit of a novelty and a beautiful industrial form at that. Traditionally made from steel, the size is typically around 4.5 feet by 3.5 feet with the height depending on the number of drawers, but very often around 17 inches high. REHAB Vintage took a look at the natural form of the flat file and saw the perfect reuse - coffee table. The REHAB Vintage coffee table is an intuitive second life for an old flat file. A piece of glass replaces the top panel, allowing for display and customization via the top drawer of the shelving unit. The remaining drawers offer great storage options, although they are quite shallow which suggests maybe a sock drawer or a placemat holder.
REHAB Vintage is based out of Los Angeles, California where they started as a Latin American folk art shop in the 70's. They now specialize in vintage steel desks and retro office furniture made from steel basket gym lockers reclaimed from California schools, letters from Los Angeles signage, medical stainless steel storage from hospitals, and industrial workbenches from factories among others.