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Project overview

We worked closely with the V&A Museum on its bookshop and Reading Rooms (a café and bookshop formerly on Exhibition Road).

In both instances, the 606 Universal Shelving System stored and displayed large quantities of stock while creating spaces in which to read and retreat.

Specification

606 Universal Shelving System
Wall mounted: E-Tracks (natural anodised aluminium); semi-wall mounted: E-Tracks and X-Posts (natural anodised aluminium); compressed doubled-sided: E-Tracks and X-Posts (natural anodised aluminium); metal shelves (off-white powder-coated mild steel)

In their words…

“When we took the decision to create a specialist book store at the V&A, there was only one shelving system to consider. The impeccable design credentials of Dieter Rams 606 Universal Shelving for Vitsœ speak for themselves and were the obvious choice for the V&A, the national museum of design. As with any great design, the system is endlessly practical as well as beautiful – not something that’s always true of shelving solutions!”

Jo Prosser
V&A Entreprises

Shelves compressed between floor and ceiling store books in front of glass walls
Shelves compressed between floor and ceiling store books in front of glass walls
Original wall-features are kept intact with a semi-wall mounted system
Original wall-features are kept intact with a semi-wall mounted system
“Having worked with Vitsœ in the past, we knew that the excellence of the 1960 design would be matched by state-of-the-art expertise in terms of design, layout and service, and we weren’t disappointed.” Jo Prosser
“Having worked with Vitsœ in the past, we knew that the excellence of the 1960 design would be matched by state-of-the-art expertise in terms of design, layout and service, and we weren’t disappointed.”
Jo Prosser
Sloping shelves – easily added and moved – invite visitors to browse
Sloping shelves – easily added and moved – invite visitors to browse