The Ladderax System was designed in 1962 by Robert Heal and manufactured by Staples of Cricklewood, for sale in high end stores across the UK including Harrods and Heals. The concept was ingenious - a sleek, modular system, that can be configured exactly as you want it based on the size of your space and your individual storage needs. It can be adjusted, reconfigured and moved around easily, and thanks to the variety of cabinetry available it sits comfortably in any room, from kitchen to living space to home office. It has become a true icon of 20th century design.
This stunning single bay system was originally purchased in 1974, and has had one careful owner from new. It consists of two upright ladders, supporting three separate cabinets. The cabinets rest on steel support rods, which fit into grooves underneath and hook on to the rungs of the ladders. The cabinets can be lifted off the support rods, moved around and set at different heights easily, to suit your needs. The system is straighforward to take apart and rebuild should it need to be moved - and if your storage requirements change and you wish to alter the configuration, extra ladders, cabinets and shelves can always be sourced and added.
This system includes:
2 x bronze ladders
2 x 3" bronze ladder extensions (to clear deeper skirting boards)
1 x teak cabinet with sliding doors and height adjustable/removeable glass shelf
1 x teak bureau cabinet with lockable drop down door
1 x teak cabinet with sliding glass doors and height adjustable/removeable glass shelf
6 x metal support rods
4 x additional hoop fixings
4 × long screws (to fix system to the wall)
The Ladderax system was designed to self-support so it does not need to be fixed to a wall - however I would recommend that it is for safety, especially if you have children/pets! There are fixing holes in the metal ladders and screws provided, should you wish to do so.
It is impossible to do this stunning item justice using just five photos! - please do get in touch should you wish to see more.
Height 210cm (including 3" extensions)
My original teak items are carefully selected and revived with utmost care. But remember, they are preloved vintage pieces; please expect characterful imperfections and not a factory modern finish.
This Ladderax system remains in excellent vintage condition throughout. It has been sensitively cleaned, and the teak has been reoiled to nourish and enhance the natural grain. There are occasional superficial marks and scratches, as to be expected with age and use - most noteably along the top of the bureau door (photo available by request) - but nothing major to detract the eye. The ladders remain in very good condition, with a little characterful tarnishing but no rust - there is some old paint along the back edges where they have rested against the wall, this is not visable at all once the system is in place. The hooked ends of the metal support rods appear slightly mishapen, but rest assured they work exactly as they should!
For a courier quote, please send me a message with your full postcode, before you buy - the cost will vary, depending on your location.
I work with several specialist couriers, whom I trust fully with my furniture, and my customers! They work to specific routes across the UK, so a degree of flexibility with delivery dates and times will be required. They will keep you fully informed with a time slot in advance and a more accurate ETA on your delivery day. Assistance may be required with lifting.
Alternatively, but entirely at your own risk, you are welcome to arrange your own collection from me in Brighton.
Please note: this Ladderax system will arrive with you dismantled. Ideally two people will be required to reassemble!
CARING FOR YOUR PIECE
It will be important to treat your vintage piece with care, to keep it looking its best for years more to come. Always ensure any items placed on to the surfaces are clean and not sticky underneath, use mats and coasters where possible and wipe away any spillages immediately with a soft cloth. Use a soft cloth to dust and avoid silicone-based polishes.
Please note, I cannot accept responsibility for any damage caused to your piece, once it is in your care.