Stylish and functional, this is the classic Staples Ladderax mid century shelving system. The black metal uprights and easy removable supports, allow the cabinetry to be positioned wherever required. This is a very versatile piece of retro furniture. Ladderax adjustable, modular shelving systems are a true mid century design classic and are very highly sought after today. Ladderax was designed by Robert Heal in 1964 and manufactured by Staples of Cricklewood in London for sale in high end stores like Harrods, Heals, etc. Heal was influenced by the Danish school of design. This mid century Scandinavian design movement was all about reinterpreting simple, linear shapes from earlier design periods and making them ‘simpler’.
This system features two full height bays of Ladderax, with five shelves and two cabinets. The system comes with a chest of 3 drawers. The second cabinet can be used as a drinks cabinet or can be set a little lower and used as a bureau / laptop desk. These systems are great for storing books, vinyl records, stationery, etc or for displaying glassware, ceramics or houseplants. Remember that the cabinets can be moved around and set at different heights to suit your needs.
The Ladderax system combines upright ‘ladders’ that support shelves and cabinets, which sit on steel rods that hook onto the rungs of the ladders. One of the great benefits of Ladderax over its Scandinavian counterparts is that it doesn’t need to be attached to the wall. The whole set up breaks down easily when it needs to be moved and is so simple to rebuild. You can also be clever and source extra cabinets, rods, shelves and/or ladders to allow you add to and alter your configuration.
A structurally sound, great looking piece of furniture that is ready for use with, as you’d expect, some signs of age and use. The previous owner has had the shelves made up so they are not original ladderax shelves but they fit into place and function as they should. See photos for chipping to one cabinet – Hardly seen at all due to its location.
This particular system has free-standing, rather than wall-leaning, ladders. This means that, if you wish, it can be deployed in the centre of a room as a room divider. Perhaps worth noting that there is always the possibility of a little movement when the ladders are of the free-standing type.
Keys present for both cabinets are present.
Ladder Height 201cm – Width 185cm – Depth (At deepest point) 41cm