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The Kitchen Dresser

In Praise of a Furniture Icon

Simon Griffiths


A beautifully photographed exploration of the beauty and the charm of a much-loved piece of furniture: the kitchen dresser

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Brown furniture is back. People want warmth and individuality back in their houses. As such, the kitchen dresser is having a renaissance. These beautiful pieces are overtaking clean-lined kitchens to create more original spaces, alive with personality and rich in history.

Made from Welsh oak or elm, Tasmanian Huon pine or reclaimed timber, the humble dresser – originally built for food preparation and storage – has become the treasured centrepiece of many a home. The art of the dresser is often in the collection it holds: vintage china, Staffordshire figures, majolica, pewter, blue-and-white transfer ware, breadboards, family treasures, the old and the everyday.

In The Kitchen Dresser, photographer Simon Griffiths captures the beauty and the charm of this iconic piece of furniture that is at once functional, ornamental and deeply heartwarming.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.0 x 18.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 21 July 2022

ISBN: 9781760761035

Contents List

The Dresser at Meadowbank
An Elegant Oak Dresser
Blue-and-White Abundance
The Artists’ Dresser
Cottages and Castles
Large and Loaded
The House with Seven Dressers
Dressers Many and Varied
The Gardener’s Dresser
At Home in the Kitchen
A Fine Welsh Oak Dresser
Begonias and a Gnome
Echoes of Colonial Australia
Layers of Treasures
A Painted Dresser
Two Country House Dressers
The Dresser at Foss
Scrimshaw and Whalebone
Memories and Stories
A Battle-Scarred Dresser
Old Meets New
Imari and Wedgwood
The Furniture Maker’s Dressers
Finding the One
Westbury Antiques
Miniature Dressers
A Child’s Dresser
A French Dresser
Evandale Village Store
The Dresser at Mulgoa Cottage
The Dresser in the Shed
A Painter’s Dresser
Maggie and Colin’s Barossa Dresser
Di’s Dresser
Red Cart Vintage
Mother-and-Son Dresser Owners
A Cabinet of Curiosities
A Tasmanian Dresser
Colonial Survivors
The Dresser at Woomargama
A Colourful Harvest
The Dresser at Runnymede House
The Mayfield Dresser
The Dresser at Tickletank
The Interior Designer’s Dresser
Tall and Narrow
The Collectors

About the Author

Simon Griffiths is a lifestyle photographer who has provided photography for more than 70 illustrated books, including Australian Designers at Home (2019) and British Designers at Home (2020). He has travelled around the world shooting content for Stephanie Alexander and Paul Bangay. Simon is the author of Shack: In Praise of an Australian Icon, Shed and Boat. His book Garden Love was published by Thames & Hudson in 2018.

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