3 Bay Teak Ladderax Shelving System By Robert Heal For Staples. Mid Century 1960s

3 Bay Teak Ladderax Shelving System By Robert Heal For Staples. Mid Century 1960s


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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, full width bays of Ladderax, with three shelves, separated by black metal ladders. The cabinetry consists of a bureau, a record or filing cabinet, another cabinet with glass shelf and sliding doors, a drinks cabinet split internally to allow both bottles and glasses to be stored and a single drawer unit which can also be employed as a desk or dressing table. Four of the five units are lockable and the key is present. Remember that the cabinets can be moved around and set at different heights to suit your needs and the bays can be configured in different arrangements too. There is also the option of splitting up the bays if you’d like to feature ladderax in two different places.

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.

The one previous owner of this system has made a couple of little holes in the right and left hand sides of the bureau unit but these are quite minimal and don’t detract from the stunning overall appearance of this set-up.

All items of this age will show some signs of use commensurate with their age. This item is in very nice condition. Please ask if you'd like any further detail re condition.

Ladder Height 201cm – Length 277cm – Depth(at deepest point) 41cm

Additional dimensions information:

Ladder Height 201cm – Length 277cm – Depth(at deepest point) 41cm


W277.0 x H201.0 x D41.0 cm



Wear condition



Robert Heal


Staples Ladderax

Date of manufacture


Place of origin

United Kingdom


Teak, Metal


Mid 20th Century


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Seller is VAT registered


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