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Modeller’s  Scandinavian Simplicity and Mid-century Modern inspired design is a Space-saving, efficient, Wall Mounted, Modular, System that is Heirloom quality made to order in Canada with all-natural materials.


Mid-Century Modern

Inspired by mid-century modern designers like Poul Cadovius's Royal System and the Vitsoe 606 Universal shelving, the Modeller system is an updated tribute to these classic designs. Using the latest hardware and technology to make a system that better fits today's needs with more versatility, features & options while still maintaining handmade heirloom quality.

Scandinavian Simplicity

Inherently Minimalist and beautifully capable of supporting all your storage needs in every room of the house.

Modular Versatility

Components elegantly mount to our universal support system with our unique one-piece, continuous shelf brackets, which are stronger and safer than other systems. All our cabinets are interchangeable so that you can swap in any of our door or drawer options. Your order can change, rearrange and grow for a lifetime of use.

Efficiently Wall Mounted

Space Saving wall-mounted storage systems make efficient use of limited floor space. A perfect choice for modern spaces.

Heirloom Quality
Made to Order

All our products are designed and made in our East Vancouver studio. Our system is modular, but we build and assemble each order individually and by hand. Because we only start cutting when you make an order, we can do custom finishes with natural pigments in the beeswax and linseed oil to achieve many different wood finishes. Just ask for a quote or send a sample to match.

Made in Canada
with all Natural Materials

Made only from domestic hardwood premium veneer all wood ply from FSC certified suppliers. Free from any MDF of VOC's so no sagging or blistering like inferior overseas mass-produced particle board furniture. Modeller shelf systems are finished with a blend of polymerized linseed oil & beeswax, providing excellent, food-safe protection against water and liquids as well as long-lasting durability in a lower-gloss, antique sheen.

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Materials

Wood

We use domestic hardwood from FSC certified suppliers. We don't use any MDF or particleboard, so our components are lighter, stronger and more long-lasting than other shelf systems.

Black Walnut

White Oak

Hinges & Drawers

All the hardware we use is from the best European manufacturers to ensure life-long functionality for generations. Our drawer slides and hinges are Blum soft close and touch to open with Italiana hinges and stays for our cabinets.

Finish

Modeller shelf systems are finished with a blend of polymerized linseed oil & beeswax, providing excellent protection against water and liquids as well as long-lasting durability in a lower-gloss, antique sheen. Wipe spills or moisture off if left standing water could cause a stain to appear. If so, use #0000-grade steel wool to buff out as much of the affected area as possible. Then, use a lint-free cloth to apply a small amount of the Original Wood Finish to the damaged area. modeller wood coasters are proved to protect the surface for glassware.

FAQ

Is Modeller compatible with Cado/Royal System

Yes, Modeller is compatible with Vintage Cado and Royal system components, with some exceptions. The only difference is our rail hole spacing is 32mm.  We have designed a unique series of hardware components to make Modeller compatible with older Cado/Royal systems. 

Cado cabinets on Modeller rails
Cado/Royal System Cabinet can hang on Modeller rails with the standard modeller rail hardware. 

Cado shelves on Modeller rails
In most cases, Cado/Royal System shelves can hang on Modeller rails. Special modeller shelf support rods that correctly span the Cado/Royal System rail holes that replace the originals are required. We make these in brass or aluminum.

Modeller Cabinets on Cado rails
Modeller Cabinets can hang on Cado/Royal System rails. Special modeller shelf support rods that correctly span the Cado rail holes that replace the originals are required. We make these in brass or aluminum.

Older Rail Systems
We have, in the past, made some rails with the Cado/Royal System hole spacing. Because our shop is not optimized up to make Cado/Royal System rails, it is much more expensive, thus often cheaper to reproduce new Modeller rails with our 32mm hole spacing. For this reason plus maximum flexibility and consistency, we usually recommend replacing all your support rails with new modeller rails. 

Wood matching
We can provide quotes in teak to match Vintage Cado/Royal System Components. Still, clients have almost invariably chosen to go with domestic walnut over teak. Not only for the substantial price difference but In our experience, walnut works nicely with vintage teak, especially old teak that has darkened significantly with age.  Sustainability is a big part of our company; that is why we choose domestic FSC certified hardwoods over exotics where the origin and forestry practices are less clear.

Please feel free to contact us directly. so we can come up with the best solution for your unique situation

Can the rails be mounted without aligning with a wall stud or in a wall with metal studs?

Yes. Installing support rails over wall studs makes for an easier and stronger installation but it is not essential. Slats can be installed anywhere when using the proper anchors. Select correct anchors for any holes that don’t hit a stud. for Gypsum drywall or steel studs we recommend SNAPTOGGLE Heavy Duty Toggle Bolt and we can prove matching machine screws that match our stainless wood screws that come with all our rails.

What type of wood finish is used, is the finish waterproof?

Modeller shelf systems are finished with a blend of polymerized linseed oil & beeswax providing excellent protection against water and liquids as well as long-lasting durability in a lower-gloss, antique sheen

What is required to maintain or repair any damage to the finish?

Spills or moisture should be wiped off, if left standing water could cause a stain to appear or if the surface becomes dull or worn use #0000 grade steel wool to buff out any damage scratches or stains. Then, use a lint-free cloth to apply a small amount of the Original Wood Finish to the damaged area. modeller wood coasters are proved to protect surface for glass ware.

Do you use staines or have other wood finish options?

We can do custom finishes with natural pigments in our beeswax and linseed oil finish to achieve many different wood finished. just ask for a quote or send a sample to match.

Why is your packaging so ugly?

Yes, our packaging is hideous because beautiful packaging is not our priority; elegant furniture is. We reuse all the cardboard we get from our suppliers, in fact, we try never to buy new packaging materials when we can get everything we need from the recycling bin.

Where do you Ship?

Most of our customers are in the USA and Canada, but we can ship anywhere UPS goes. Shipping costs vary based on the size and weight of your order usually, approximately 10% of the value of your order.

Who Is that your dog in your photos?

Her name is Dexi; she was trained as my sons' diabetes alert dog, but now he has a constant Bluetooth glucometer, so she spends most of her time with me.

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Our Story

Growing up a child of European immigrants, I was surrounded by Scandinavian designed teak furniture. Like many of my generation, I collected mid-century modern furniture, but it was hard to find and afford, so I started making my own.

In 1992, while working in a North Vancouver wood shop, I made my first set of shelves. The shelves were moved and reconfigured for each place I lived. There was always Interest expressed in making more, but having no access to a woodshop making more was not an option.

When finally I accumulated enough tools of my own and a place to use them for fine cabinet making, I made an Edo inspired dining table, which became one of my most requested pieces.

Using the leftover wood from that table, I decided to make some shelves and desks for my two young boys. The shelves had to grow with them, be strong enough to withstand them and be efficient enough to fit in their small room. From this evolved the shelving systems that became modeller.