A Bibliophile lives here
A library is one of those never ending projects, forever evolving, not just the collection, every new arrival is a much anticipated joy but also the addition of those must have tokens of bibliophilism. My collection of bookmarks adorned with the beautiful artworks of Andreas Nobmann brings a little smile to my face every time I use them. A bust of Apollo – God of music and poetry sits resplendent on a cast iron plinth watching over me, raising my spirit, as I sit at my writing desk pondering latest design projects.
However, true bibliophiles would argue that a library is not merely a room of built-in bookcases filled from floor to ceiling with their most treasured tomes, absolutely not! Look around and you will come across those tell-tale signs of the serious bookworm. Bookmarks, magnifying glasses, catalogues and book stands are just a few valuable accoutrements kicking around the interior of a living, breathing library, but if you look further you may come across the ‘Piece de resistance’ propped up against the bookcases – a beautifully crafted hardwood ladder, announcing… “A Bibliophile lives here”.
Maximise your vertical space
A well designed and crafted library ladder is a thing of beauty and really does set a tone to the room, transporting you to another world, turning a row of built in bookshelves into a potential film set, conjuring up images not unlike the reading rooms of Professor Higgins of ‘My Fair Lady’ fame; a beautifully crafted piece should grace a room with its presents, rather like a fine piece of furniture.
So if you need to get to a loftier height all that is required is a bespoke library ladder. Custom made to fit your library, walk-in robe, Kitchen or indeed any out of reach space. Available in a number of hardwoods including American Oak, Mahogany, Rosewood, Tallow wood and in various finishes, lime waxed through to dark antiqued patinas to complement a home library fit out, commercial or high end retail project.
Lightweight and elegant
Groth & Sons have a style to suit every situation. Their hook-on system comes in either straight, tapered or cranked rails. These beautiful library accessories are hand-crafted and come in various finishes. The cranked option is for those were floor space is at a premium as the ladder sits in closer to the cabinetry. Never again will your favourite volumes be out of reach. A Groth & Sons bespoke library ladder is a streamlined, lightweight and elegant solution and when not in use they can be retracted to the cabinetry to allow more floor space.
Sliding ladder systems
Groth & Sons also offer a sliding ladder system, which glide effortlessly across the front of your cabinetry, whether that is a bespoke home library, galley kitchen, wine cellar or walk-in robe. Ladder hardware is available in four finishes; oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, black and hammered antique brass. Rails are also available with a radius, enabling the ladder to turn a ninety degree corner.
Hook-on or rolling?
So what type of ladder best suits your needs? The hook-on system comes in either straight sided, straight & cranked or tapered, each with hooks that allows for pushing the ladder in towards the cabinetry when not in use to free up floor space. The benefits of the hook-on system is that it can be moved around obstacles in the room, such as furniture and be moved from one side of the room to the other, or from room to room, which is particularly useful in a narrow area such as a walk-in robe or galley kitchen.
Groth & Sons hook-on ladder systems come with all the required hardware, in polished brass, antiqued brass or bronze Florentine. Also available in brushed stainless steel and a mirror finished polished chrome; there is a finish to suit every interior space. All library parts are hand made to order, hand polished and finished with a fine European micro wax. Polished brass finishes age gracefully, resulting in a natural patina over time.