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High/Low: Wall-Mounted Midcentury Modular Shelving

We’re fans of the Royal Shelving System, devised by Danish designer Poul Cadovius in 1948 and available from Design Within Reach, so we took notice when Ikea recently introduced a look-alike (but inevitably less elegant system) modular system. Here’s a look.

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The Royal System Shelving Unit C is available in solid walnut and soaped oak; $5,985 from Design Within Reach.
Above: The Royal System Shelving Unit C is available in solid walnut and soaped oak; $5,985 from Design Within Reach.
The soaped oak with raw brass Royal System Shelving Unit is $1,670 from Design Within Reach.
Above: The soaped oak with raw brass Royal System Shelving Unit is $1,670 from Design Within Reach.

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Ikea’s new modular Svalnäs Shelving System is made from bamboo with epoxy-coated steel brackets; the Svalnäs combination shown is $281.
Above: Ikea’s new modular Svalnäs Shelving System is made from bamboo with epoxy-coated steel brackets; the Svalnäs combination shown is $281.
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