Lacquered steel shelf salvaged in Henri Van De Velde’s Book Tower in Ghent.
The shelves have been produced around 1937 by Moens under licence of SNEAD from Louisville, Kentucky. Angus Snead Macdonald and the company he founded revolutionised library design in the USA and the rest of the world. Their designs were crucial in moving the library system from one of closed, structural stacks, to open stacks that emphasize adjustability and which are still in use today. This shelving system was custom designed for the building and originally mounted on the ceiling and floor (see images in situ). More info about the worksite here
The shelves are sold in parts and can be assembled according to your needs to create a modular shelving system (see pictures of the original unit combinations). The shelves were originally fixed in the concrete floor and on the ceiling. A custom mounting system (wall, standing, ceiling) and small adaptations will be needed depending on your interior project. We do not provide such accessories.
This shelf can be attached on side rails or middle rails (rails are not included in this product, see other products bellow). The shelf can be mounted on both ends.
Good used condition. There are some scratches, chipped paint and glue traces. Dusty, needs to be cleaned.
Images in situ by Arne Baert
Large shelf from the 'Book Tower' by Henri Van de Velde (ca. 1936) - L. 98 cm