What are the qualities of a good modular shelving system? For me, it’s one that impresses with both form and function. In addition to being made to last, it should be designed to encourage creative expression and personal style. Above all, a good modular shelving system should be adaptable. One that you can expand (or condense) to suit your life and style without losing its functionality. That’s when it truly joins the ranks of ‘investment furniture’ along with your handsome hard-wearing sofa, dining table and chairs.
If you’re in the market for new display/storage furniture, here are 4 stylish modular shelving systems to consider.
String® – The String® Shelving System, a veritable Scandinavian design icon, was created by the celebrated Swedish architect Nils Strinning in 1949. Nils originally designed it as an entry for a competition, and it won the first prize hands down. Its simple construction gives it a refined and unpretentious appeal, and the almost infinite range of combination options will spark creativity in just about anyone. String® is very adaptable, and can be used in any room in your home. They look just as good in the kitchen as they do in the living room, and they’re a lifesaver in home offices and working studios.
I bought the String® storage system for my living room earlier this year, and it’s one of my best purchases ever. I love how the minimalist timeless design allow my colourful collection of books and decorative objects to take centre stage (see my String shelfie image above). Oh, and those dainty metal side panels are really feeding my obsession with multiplicity! I chose String® for its lightness, versatility and ease of assembly and would recommend it to anyone looking for storage that’s big on both style and functionality. (This is my honest opinion by the way; I’m not being paid or compensated in any way to say this.) Tempted? Check out their useful online tool to build a unique system for your home.
Cubit – This affordable modular shelving system consists of 34 sizes and 27 colours and finishes. It allows thousands of combination possibilities, which makes it suitable for various types growing collections. They’re perfect for corners and awkward spaces, like under stairs, where standard storage units are usually a nightmare. The connecting system is fully compatible and invisible, and the units can be stacked or hung, encouraging you to think outside the box (excuse the pun) while arranging. In addition to the amazing colour options, what I like most about Cubit is that all modules can be combined. So if there are restrictions on your space or budget, you can start with a single module and add to it whenever you’re ready to expand. The possibilities are endless… well, almost!
dk3 Royal System -One of the world’s first wall-hung shelving units, the Royal System, was designed in 1948 by Danish designer Poul Cadovious. Typical of Danish design, this mid-century classic still looks current, and rather stylish 70 years later. You have a choice of oak, walnut or laminate shelves and brass or stainless steel hangers to extend and reconfigure the system to suit your needs. This is a good one for the mid-century lovers, especially those struggling with floor space. As Poul Cadovius said himself: “Most of us live on the bottom of a cube. If we put the walls even with the floor, we get a lot of space to live on”.
Tylko – The Tylko shelving system is made from slow-growth wood from Finland’s birch forests. The big advantage of Tylko is that you can design the shelving system you really want. It’s completely bespoke, so you can customise the height and width of your shelves to accommodate those extra-tall books or extra-wide objects that always threaten to throw your display design idea out of whack. Yes, ‘First-World problems’ I know, but some of us really can’t just let it be. Aesthetics aside, I’m sure we can all appreciate the opportunity to make maximum use of our living space in a world where space is often rationed and every centimetre counts. While we’re on the subject of problem-solving… Tylko also has a rather clever augmented reality app which allows you to view your shelves in-situ, making it almost like ‘try before you buy’. The units have built-in colour-coded connectors for ease of assembly (great news for those of us most likely to loose a screw!).
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