Vitsoe Shelving System: by Dieter Rams

Vitsoe Shelving System: by Dieter Rams

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 12, 2009
  • Location: multiple locations and online
  • Website:

Store History

  • Founded: 1959
  • Founded by: Niels Vitsœ
  • Headquarters: London

There are a few classic designs that most people don't know about which cause them to want to break their budget when they discover them. Every client I have introduced Vitsoe shelving to has wanted to use it, even after they realized how expensive it was. Most of them were able to jigger their budget to pull it off. The rest? They're waiting.

...Or buying the imitations like Elfa, Atlas and Rakks (all good in their own way).

Vitsoe is the name for the shelving system designed by Dieter Rams in 1960, which has launched a thousand copies and been in continuous production ever since. Imported from Europe, it's super minimal and melts into the wall, allowing you to show off only the books or accessories on your shelves. If you keep your books neat, it also minimizes visual clutter and can really open up a space.

Vitsoe opened their first independent US showroom in NYC last month, which makes it easier to find, price and buy. It is expensive, but you can buy pieces slowly to build your system and you can always take it with you, since it will mount on to any wall and can be rearranged in nearly any configuration. It can be shelves, file cabinets, drawers and/or desk; you choose. Oh, and they also say they're working on bringing the price down.

In addition to the new NoHo showroom, Vitsoe systems and accessories can be purchased through their website.

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