10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems

Atlas Industries AS4 Modular Furniture System

The advantages to wall-mounted, modular shelving systems are myriad: They can be engineered to fit any space, and unlike built-ins, they can be disassembled and reinstalled if you relocate. Here’s a roundup of our favorites:

Cappellini Aliante Bookshelves
Above: The Aliante Shelving System by Rodolf Dordoni for Capellini is available with polished chromed nickel supports and shelves in oak or mahogany. The shelves are available directly through Cappellini.

String Shelving Sweden Storage
Above: The classical String shelf modular system was designed in 1946 by Swedish architect and designer Nils “Nisse” Strinning. The full String Shelf System shown in oak and white above is available at Finnish Design Shop, sold in separate parts and as a whole via String.
Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System
Above: The iconic Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System, designed by Dieter Rams in 1960, is a favorite of design aficionados. The system offers infinite configurations: various shelf widths and lengths, drawers, and desks available to suit any storage needs. An aluminum E-track and pin enables the shelves and cabinets to be easily hung and configured as needed. The Vitsoe is an investment, but it’s a system you can add to over the years; the setup shown above costs $6,020; the cabinets run at around $1,000 each (four shown), and the shelves between $90 and $100, depending on length. Available in black, off-white, and beech, exclusively in the US through the Vitsoe Shop in New York and online at Vitsoe.
Ikea Svalnas Wall Mounted Storage
Above: The Ikea Svalnäs Shelves remind us of midcentury design (see High/Low: Wall-Mounted Midcentury Modular Shelving). It’s made of bamboo and white epoxy; $282 for the combination shown.
Rakks Architectural Shelving
Above: Favored by architects and widely used in university settings, the straightforward, well-engineered Rakks System offers well priced, durable shelving manufactured in Needham, Massachusetts, by the Rangine Corporation. Components and pricing available at Rakks Store.
DK3 Royal System Shelving Unit C
Above: The Royal System Shelving Unit C from DK3 is available in oak and walnut; $5,950 at Design Within Reach.

Ikea Algot Wall Upright Shelves White
Above: Ikea’s Algot Wall Upright/Shelves in white are $188 and can be applied to any room.

CB2 Helix 70-Inch Acacia Bookcase
Above: The Helix White Oak 70-Inch Wall-Mounted Bookcase features four fixed blond quartersawn oak veneer shelves on a squared metal tube frame of powder-coated carbon that can be mounted across a wall. Each ladder is 30 inches wide and 70 inches in height; $219 from CB2.
Atlas Industries AS4 Modular Furniture System
Above: Made in Brooklyn, the Atlas Industries as4 Shelving System is available in white oak, maple, and walnut with sturdy steel brackets (custom color paint is also an option). The 91-inch-wide white oak configuration with desk included above costs $9,525. Components are priced individually; the full price list is available on the Atlas site.
Egon Eiermann Shelving System
Above: The wall-mounted Eiermann Shelving Unit was designed in 1932 by German architect Egon Eiermann. Now produced by Richard Lampert, the Eiermann shelves feature stainless steel supports and shelves available in white melamine, solid oak, and white powder-coated finish. The Five-Shelf Eiermann Shelving Unit is available at Twenty Twenty-One; pricing begins at £722 ($1,127). Contact Richard Lampert for details and retailers.
Container Store Elfa Shelving System
Above: A budget option from the Container Store, the Driftwood and Platinum Elfa Living Room Shelving is $394.69 (as shown above), also available with individual components.

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