We’ve finally managed to find a place for some vintage Ladderax modular shelving that we’ve had stored away for a few months. A very large, very heavy vintage industrial unit has been sold, freeing up a large space in our lounge. We’ve now got lots of more versatile storage space available – and somewhere for our vinyl collection and record player at long last. We’re big fans of Spotify combined with wireless Sonos speakers dotted about the house, but you can’t beat the tactile experience and warm sound of vinyl sometimes.
Number 2 in our list comes closest in appearance to Ladderax. It has a mid century modern feel – simple and pared back in style with a combination of black metal and wood – very pleasing to our eye. Number 1 has acres of shelf space and a couple of drawers to hide things away too – neutral in colour and a good budget option. And I’m completely in love with the multi-coloured Cubit system – the various size options and graduated colours provide endless possibilities.
- FJÄLKINGE shelving: from £10 for a shelf, (£290 for combination shown), IKEA
- Tower shelving system: from £65 for a shelf (£1,056 for combination shown), Heal’s
- Multi-coloured library shelving: from £24 for a CD shelf (£4,306.77 for combination shown), Cubit
It’s a brand new year, so we thought we’d start a new blog series. Welcome to our first ‘Get their look‘ post. A fairly self-explanatory title, each week we’ll feature an image of an interior that has caught our eye and we’ll show you how and where to copy the style.
To kick off, we’re sharing this eclectic counter-top and kitchen shelving. They contain both practical and decorative items – many of which tick both these boxes.
- White wall light
- Digital radio
- Cathrineholm fondue set
- Stainless steel shelves
- Glass storage jars
- Scheurich fat lava vase
- Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL espresso machine
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Ladderax, like its Dutch cousin Tomado, is the creme de la creme of Mid Century Modern shelving and storage. The Ladderax modular storage system was designed by Robert Heal and manufactured by Staples from the mid 1960s through to the mid 1980s.
This teak example and has wooden slatted rather the more familiar metal uprights. There are quite a few components here so you’ll be able to be rearranged into countless configurations to suit your space, need and taste.
I can just imagine this in someone’s tasteful home office with red 700 Series GPO telephone, stacks of interior and graphic design books, a display of Scandinavian art glass, all lit by a vintage Anglepoise or Maclamp.
If you’re interested in buying, it will need to be collected from the British Heart Foundation shop in Edinburgh, either by you or you can arrange for a courier to collect on your behalf. It’s starting price is an extremely reasonable £79.99 and there are currently no bids – but I don’t think it will remain like that for long!
*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.