Huxley's Ladder

A' Design Award Gold winner 2016

“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.”  

Thomas Huxley “Darwin’s Bulldog”


Huxley's Ladder is a bookshelf for full utilization of space just under 8'/2.4m common minimum ceiling height with user accessibility. A pair of A-frame ladder structures with crossing rungs support six shelves loaded with books of virtually all sizes and allows a person to step up to reach objects at the top level. The shelves range from deepest at the bottom to narrowest at the top. This encourages distribution of large/heavy books toward the bottom and smaller/lighter books toward the top for stability. Huxley's Ladder can be used against walls, side-by-side or back-to-back to divide open space. With simplicity, warmth, playfulness and high craftsmanship, Huxley’s Ladder is suitable for residential, contract or hospitality use. The structures are made of solid quartered white oak and the shelves of varnished MDF.

92"H x 72"W x 22"D