Capture Cabinet

The design for the cabinet was inspired by a research project about the history of the timber industry along the River Lea and based around the idea of cabinet of curiosities. It was designed in 2016 as a prototype.

Instead of being defined by its contents, the Capture Cabinet embodies a story in itself.

The outward design mimics that of a 19th century analogue camera. While the tripod legs not only add stability but tie the story together. The interior design of the cabinet consists of an intricate pattern of mouldings, which were inspired by a catalogue of moulding designs from the 19th century. The drawer of the cabinet also functions as a working pinhole camera.

As such, the curiosity of the cabinet is how it uses techniques of the past to document the present and reinterprets archival material for the present day.