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When we talk about design from the 1970s, a few fads come immediately to mind: shag rugs, Technicolor bathrooms, wood-paneled walls. But one of the lesser-known gifts that decade gave us is smart, good-looking storage—a trend that’s starting to make a comeback. Luxury retail site 1stdibs revealed to Domino that in March, April, and May of this year, orders for ’70s storage units saw a 20 percent spike compared to last year, with the average value of $4,220. Why the sudden craving for Memphis-style cabinets, travertine sideboards, and Brutalist credenzas? All this time we’ve been spending at home has forced us to rethink the way we store things (shoving bins and baskets under the bed no longer suffices). Corral your belongings with these authentic and retro-inspired pieces.

The Optical Illusion

1970s French Lucite Bookcase, 1stdibs ($3,500)

Situated on wheels for extra flexibility, this mobile display has topaz-tinted Lucite panels that give a chic sheen to whatever sits on its shelves.

The Curved Compartment

Componibili 2 Tier by Kartell, MoMA Design Store ($145)

Anna Castelli Ferrieri’s iconic design, seen here in a cheerful shade of fire-engine red, features sliding doors with holes for easy opening and an overall seamless look. 


The Metallic Touch

Pair of Nightstands, Coming Soon ($4,000)

Clad in laminated wood and shiny chrome, this pair of vintage nightstands by Pierre Cardin would instantly make a statement in a minimalist white bedroom. 

The Genius Pockets

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Uten.Silo I, Hive Modern ($430)

Bring order to your new home office (whatever that may look like) with a wall-mounted unit that boasts specific compartments for all your necessities, from folders to pens to tape. 

The Showcase Shelves

Maddie Storage Shelf, Urban Outfitters ($500)

Fulfill your lifelong dream of having a shoe wall with this lacquered yellow shelving unit. Any accessories you don’t want shown (belts, bags, hats, glasses) can live in the bottom drawer. It might not be a direct product of the ’70s, but its funky hue packs all the character of the beloved decade.

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