Not to be confused with particleboard book shelves or Aunt Jenny's locked curio cabinet filled with glass figurines, these weighty pieces are real work horses when it comes to the artful combination of display and storage. With a few exceptions, most examples feature both exposed and concealed segments and often sport fanciful hardware or trim. Modern metals that give off a retro vibe are fashionable and adaptable.
Suitable for a full-on library, a serving bar or wine storage, your collection of sports memorabilia or a hangout for folded sweaters in the off-season, any one of these storied and select elements will put on a show. And you'll get the applause.