There’s generally nothing awesome about a file cabinet. The term itself brings to mind images of three or four thin metal drawers stacked atop each other with predictable rectangular silver label placards and drawer pulls.
Perhaps that’s why, even though flat file cabinets are equally utilitarian, the mere fact that their dimensions are different makes them somehow more visually compelling.
Perfect for small item storage, particularly when paired with interior organizers, flat drawers are just satisfying to open and close; the smooth push and pull contrasts nicely with the metallic clang of the old-school tall cabinet. As well, the broader swath of surface space leaves more room for display or even an extra desktop area for jotting down notes or keeping items that simply won’t fit on a main table.
Calling to mind advertising agency boardrooms and professional artists’ studios, the flat cabinet carries with it a certain air of creativity while keeping its owner organized and orderly — a perfect dichotomy indeed.