Metal Shelving System

Our revolutionary metal shelving system combines high quality traditional materials with cutting edge engineering. The inherent strength of the solid brass material allows for fine lines and a delicate appearance without the bulk that would be required to achieve the same support in a solid wooden unit.  This allows your shelving units to look refined and elegant whilst fulfilling storage and display requirements without appearing to take up space.

Expedition Shelving is inspired by the elegance and strength of British campaign furniture which was designed to be reliable, attractive, portable and practical anywhere that it was required. To facilitate this a quick to assemble rod and joint system similar to the raw, industrial method by which scaffolding is assembled has been refined to attractive modules engineered from solid brass. With every element refined and upgraded, the decorative shelving components produce a modern masterpiece in the making, with more than a hint of a spirit of adventure. This is the kind of fitted furniture that will adapt to any environment and travel with you when you leave.

Bespoke shelving

Supplied fully assembled or in kit form for easy shipping, our designer shelves can be fully tailored to suit any setting, helping you to realise your original design intent. The metal shelves are made from solid brass rods, which cleverly fit together using precision engineered joints which simply slide into place and lock wherever they are needed.

Adjustable shelving

This fully adjustable shelving system can be mounted on a wall, floor, or hung from a ceiling; yet is equally at home as a freestanding unit too. It can be made to an impressive 3.6 metres height or width, to produce a truly stunning display. Additional units can be connected to achieve longer dimensions.

Designer shelves

Inspired by an era when attention to detail mattered, the brass frame is available in no less than twelve decorative finishes, to suit both modern and traditional projects. The base material of both the rods and the joints is brass which is polished, aged or plated to suit all requirements. The brass shelves can be ordered in more than one finish to create greater interest. A popular example is to have bronzed rods highlighted with brass joints.  It is then topped with bespoke shelving to produce a fully functional yet highly exclusive package.

Choose from superior quality glass, wood, sheet metal, leather or even hand-woven wire shelf styles; and you are presented with a designer shelving system which is truly a cut above the rest.

To order:

Choose one of the above configurations (IMAGES TO FOLLOW) or send us a sketch of your requirements or just let us know the  number of shelves.

Let us know the size of the space into which you would like your metal shelving system to fit - Height width and depth. 
Choose the finish of the rods 
Choose the finish of the joints
Choose the style of shelf. 
Confirm if you would like your shelving unit to be wall, floor or ceiling mounted. 
Send your delivery address. 

Our fully adapatable metal shelving system can be supplied to you fully assembled or in kit form.These brass shelves can be configured to be wall, floor,or ceiling mounted or can be free standing too.

As it is a fully adjustable metal shelving system, it gives you the power to decide where you want it, and how you want it to look. Each brass shelf can stand alone, or be used in multiples to create a stunning visual impact of up to three metres in length or width.

Our retro shelves combine the aesthetic beauty of traditional materials with the precision of modern engineering, providing a true decorative shelving solution for your project.

Add to this a range of twelve finishes that can also be matched to existing hardware, and you'll be presented with metal shelves which can make a real statement or blend in with their surroundings. Our retro shelving solution can be supplied with glass, wood, sheet metal, leather or woven wire decorative shelving. These are cleverly held together with solid brass designer shelving rods which fit together with machine turned joints.

The unique refined design of these brass shelves means they work equally well in modern and traditional environments, plus we offer a bespoke service to offer retro shelving which can be tailored to suit any setting imaginable.

Our bespoke shelving system provides the perfect storage solution for interior designers working in high end interior projects where ornamental furniture is required to display collections of artwork, books or other desirable and attractive objects. Not only the height and width of the whole unit but also the depth of each shelf of the rack and the space between them can be specified so that when used as a bookshelf, books of any size can be stacked in any configuration, either by themselves or in communion with ornaments or plants. The bespoke nature of this storage system also means that shelf heights can be adjusted at any point even after fitting.  In a reduced depth format it is ideal for incorporation behind bars for attractive storage, display and easy access to bottles and glasses. The system also works particularly well in kitchens, cafes and restaurants for visually appealing storage of crockery and ornate accessories. It can even be configured for ceiling hung, over head storage of pots and pans over an island unit our counter. Other display features can be added such as noticeboards, baskets, bespoke racks, decorative panels, hooks and features that add further practical benefits and help the unit either stand out or blend in with its surroundings. Lighting and irrigation systems can also be incorporated.


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London’s Decorative Metalwork and Metal Grille Specialist

James Gilbert & Son specialises in high quality decorative metalwork. We are the world's oldest manufacturer of decorative metal grilles. Over the last 135 years we've produced architectural quality metal works for some of the biggest brands on the planet, yet we don't forget our roots nor our smaller customers.

We use manufacturing, polishing and patinating techniques that we have honed to perfection for over a century, alongside contemporary engineering technologies.

At the centre of our business are decorative grilles including hand woven-wire and regency grilles, decorative screens and panels with associated frames and decorative metalwork. These grace some of the finest hospitality and entertainment venues, public buildings and private residences the length and breadth of the U.K. and beyond.

We have expanded our core range to produce products which befit modern living; offering a greater range of materials, designs and finishes than ever before. This range includes floor grilles, air conditioning grilles, air vents, radiator covers, decorative screens, frames, inlays, endings, cladding materials, security products, shelving systems, furniture, fittings and much more.

We are always using our knowledge and experience to bring innovative products and metal processing techniques to the market and our 2016 range includes a whole portfolio of new materials designed to contrast and compliment our metalwork. The location of our central London works makes us ideally located for supplying high quality decorative metalwork at short notice to satisfy the fast paced requirements of London’s design and construction industries.

We provide a fully comprehensive decorative metalwork manufacturing service. Our brass, bronze and steel products including radiator and floor grilles, furniture, fixtures and fittings are dispatched all over the world. We work with architects, interior designers, construction contractors and fit out companies, product designers and private clients on contemporary and historic projects where a high standard and attention to detail are required. We are more than happy to instruct and advise your on site contractors to ensure fitted products are applied correctly. With our extensive experience of processing and chemically treating metals, all our decorative metal grilles and associated decorative metal products can be treated to make the finish match the style and era of the project. We also colour match existing finishes if samples of original pieces are supplied. We have fully equipped metal working facilities with both historic and state-of-the-art machinery, which means our skilled craftsmen can truly fulfil your decorative interior and architectural metalwork requirements.

Whether your project involves the restoration of a single item – such as the supply of a single radiator grille - or the complete refurbishment of a modern department store or chain of historic hotels, please send us details of the project now including measurements, photographs, architectural drawings, CAD files, pdf’s, sketches on envelopes, pipe cleaner models, vague notions and loose concepts are all accepted as starting points. The best results are achieved when we are included in the early stages of a project from where we are happy to advise and be on hand to help all the way through to completion. Let us initiate the discussion as to how we can help you now, and we look forward to working with you!

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We guarantee that you will be more than happy with our decorative grilles. If you have any queries, please get in touch.