Before the late 19th century libraries were essentially a front counter or office beyond which the public were not admitted and books were ordered and retrieved from librarians. When this system was passed and the public allowed to roam amongst the books and shelves, new practical storage for this new age had to be designed.
In the 1880s Arthur Lambert teamed up with W Lucy & Co, an iron and steel fabricator in Oxford to manufacture the ‘Perfect Adjustable Shelving’ system. They consist of strong steel uprights, in which continuous grooves which carry shelf brackets that are designed that lock into any place. Metal book shelves were also deemed better than wood because they allowed more air circulation, lower humidity and reduced risks of insect infestations and moulds in paper.
Lambert’s shelving was installed in many prominent institutions such as the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Linnean Society and at the London Patent Office on Chancery Lane.
The shelving units are extremely versatile as it can be configured in numerous ways for bookshelves, clothes hanging, home and shop use etc. We have installed the Patent Shelving in many homes and shops, proving that Lambert’s design remains practical and relevant for contemporary living.
In a shop on Savile Row, the shelving lends itself to the style of the traditional, durable and British made, gentleman’s outfitters.