Stylish and functional, this is the classic Staples Ladderax mid century shelving system. The black metal uprights and easy removable supports, allow the teak 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 three full height bays of Ladderax, with nine shelves, separated by black metal ladders. The cabinetry consists of a glass shelved cabinet with sliding teak doors and a super little 3 drawer chest. The top drawer is lockable and the key is present. You can use your imagination to repurpose the cabinets for different uses. Remember that the cabinets and shelves 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.
This is a stunning set up in great vintage condition. As you’d expect, Ladderax systems always show some signs of age and use. 3 of the ladders are the standard wall leaning type (with 1 ‘foot’) while the fourth ladder is 2 footed. One of the ladders is missing a single spar but this doesn’t affect use and isn’t at all noticeable.
Ladder Height 201cm – Width 186cm – Depth(at deepest point) 41cm