Stylish and functional, this is the classic Staples Ladderax mid century shelving system. The wooden 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, full width bays of Ladderax, with two shelves, separated by wooden ladders. The cabinetry consists of a drop down bureau/laptop desk, a shelved cabinet and a chest of three drawers. 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.
We’re not 100% sure of the wood. The colour is undoubtedly rosewood, and this piece definitely retains its original ‘factory’ finish, but the cabinets and ladders may well be teak with a rosewood stain.
This piece has a truly stunning visual impact and is in very nice condition. There are some little paint splashes here and there but these are hardly noticeable at all and are almost all unseen as the vast majority are to the rear of the piece. The bureau unit no longer locks but magnetic catches ensure that the door stays securely in place when in the closed position.
Ladder Height 201cm – Length 185cm – Depth(at deepest point) 42cm