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8 Favorites: Multipurpose First Aid Boxes

Ikea hanging rail at Townhouse A, a kitchen design by Quintana Partners

First, let’s clear any confusion: A white cross against a red background is the Swiss flag; a red cross against a white background is the symbol of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which was founded by Swiss businessman Henry Dunant in 1864 to protect wounded soldiers and medical volunteers on the battlefield. (A nod to his heritage, the ICRC emblem is simply the inverse of the Swiss flag.) Later, the red cross design was adopted as the company logo of pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson and, today, more generally, as a symbol for first aid.

The cross design, no matter the color, endures today and, in fact, still feels fresh and modern. We’ve seen a number of cross-emblazoned medical boxes that would look good in a bathroom, kitchen (see image above), entryway, or kid’s room. They’re ideal for storing toiletries, little tchotchkes, and, of course, your first aid essentials.

Wall-Mounted Boxes

Kikkerland First Aid Box Red
Above: We’ve featured the Kikkerland First Aid Box a few times before—for good reason. It’s understated and well-priced. The box comes in red or white and in two sizes ($30 for small, $50 for large).
The Konstantin Slawinski Help First Aid Box ($100.31) features a cross cut-out; inside the steel shell is a felt bin that slides in from the side.
Above: The Konstantin Slawinski Help First Aid Box ($100.31) features a cross cut-out; inside the steel shell is a felt bin that slides in from the side.
Cappellini Cross Cabinet
Above: The Rolls Royce of Swiss cross medicine cabinets, the Cappellini Cross Cabinet by Thomas Ericksson adds instant style and color—it’s available in red, orange, green, and white—to any room (€609).
Steel First Aid Cabinet
Above: For an industrial-chic look, try this Steel First Aid Cabinet with Glass Door, which comes with a lock and key and measures 12-by-12 inches ($23.12).

Counter Bins

3R Studio White First Aid Box
Above: The black cross on 3R Studio’s White Enameled First Aid Box imparts a modern edge to the retro bin ($54).
Red First Aid Medicine Box
Above: The different compartments inside the Present Time Red with White Cross Metal Medicine Storage Box make organization easy ($39.99).
The Andrew James First Aid Box(£12.00), in a vintage cream color, has a tray that lifts out to provide two levels of storage.
Above: The Andrew James First Aid Box(£12.00), in a vintage cream color, has a tray that lifts out to provide two levels of storage.
Vintage First Aid Box from 1st Dibs
Above: This vintage pine Swiss First Aid Box from 1stdibs measures 15.5-by-5.25-by-8.25 inches, has brass piano hinges and brass screws, and will set you back $460.
N.B. Top photograph courtesy of Quintana Partners.

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