when it arrived, i opened the box and was immediately hit by a super strong chemical smell. i'm usually not that sensitive to that stuff, but as i was putting the piece together even i started to feel a little lightheaded.
still, i figured it just needed to air out and so we kept the cabinet doors open and the window next to it open (even though it was still chilly outside) and also put the air filter directly on it. six weeks later, we finally decided it had dissipated enough to finally use the cabinet for what we needed it for in the first place, storage. however, it turns out the chemical (i suspect it was formaldehyde used in the finishing, because it had almost a nail polish like smell) was still very much there... and was seeping into EVERYTHING inside the cabinet. ugh.
so we called up crate and barrel and had the piece picked up. they were really nice about us returning it, btw, and gave us the credit without a problem. (and when they showed up, even the delivery guy noticed the smell)
so now we're back where we started and need a cabinet. i'm sick of seeing our stuff all over the table!
anyway the point of this whole story is that we need a new cabinet, and i'd like to find something with formaldehyde-free finishing, if possible. i realize the best way to go would probably be used or antique furniture, but we like modern furniture with really simple/clean lines, and on top of that most of our furniture is darker finish (almost black), and it's hard to find used furniture along those lines unless it's super high-end, and i don't want to spend another two months looking. we also don't have the space to refinish and then air out the pieces ourselves, so finding something unfinished and painting/varnishing it is out.
does anyone know of any online or ny/nj area vendors who sell chemical-free furniture?
 btw, the cabinet we got was the windham low cabinet, in case anyone was wondering