I’m no help but I actually have that exact IKEA bookcase (the one you currently have, but with the birch veneer) at home. I’m a poor married design student still. I really like the simplicity and utility of it. $250 sure beats $12,000… All your options look really nice and functional, though.
I like the ISS because the pole length can reach up to 9’4" and it seems as if that shelving system would look really nice when it takes up the whole part of your wall. As for the shelf color options, I think the Mahagony or Chocolate finishes would look really sleek… I mean, you can choose the Cherry finish, but it may washout your room. Please don’t go for the Melamine colors
i’m mostly now just looking for shelving, but like the modular nature of the system, so if I want cabinets later I can always add them in, or move, take it with me a repupose it.
VITOSE even makes mention in their catalog (also great design and nice layout), that 50%(!) of their orders are from existing customers and they even will ship a single shelf if need be. they’re also pretty smart in the colors, such that their white is actually an off-white so it will still match if you have a 20yr old system and add 1 new part. that’s design thinking!
I did think of the DIY route, but no access to a shop or power tools makes it kinda tricky. Also I would prefer a most finished look than I think I cold reasonably achieve. Another route I’ve considered is custom millwork, but then loose the modularity of it, and for sure wouldn’t be cheap in solid walnut or teak as I’d like (and most good millworkers won’t touch any sort of MDF or particleboard (not that I’d want that).
Oh well, guess the search is still on. I’m pretty picky when it comes to finding things. I try to only buy the best I can find, and would rather do without than compromise (the IKEA shelves I have no are an exception- I previously had none, and had all the books just stacked up, but it started to get a little out of control (i’ve got lots of books as you can see)…took me 6 months of looking before I found the perfect toaster!
this would be a great jumping off point for a patchwork DIY full wall shelf.
just buy some angle iron and hit up some flea markets/garage sales for old dressers/shelves. I was thinking of doing it myself.
DIY mix and match not really the look im going for. Although a wall full the eames shelving could be pretty hot, i’d guess it would be even more expensive that a proper shelving system. Plus I dunno about stacking one on top of the other if it would take the weight filled with books…
Ya, did see that system at IKEA, but it doesnt go tall enough for me, and as mentioned looking for something good quality. No sense in replacing the crap i got with something just a little less crappy.
thanks for all the ideas though. anyone here do retail design, and maybe know of any commercial systems? That’s more the direction I want. Something like the would use at retail shops, or a library, etc…
check out octanorm - it’s a retail fixture\exhibit aluminum extrusion system.
much of it can use a groove\lock setup too for modularity. http://www.octanormusa.com/
I’ve seen some cool shelving systems using the arakawa cable system too… not sure if you’ve seen those. not cheap but can yeild some pretty nice looking and tough structures. http://www.arakawagrip.com/products/