Modular style shelving has a long and distinguished design pedigree with fine examples from George Nelson and the Eames', and the flexible combination of having shelves for display and cupboards where you can stash bits away remains extremely useful. The Content by Conran Kendal shelving unit is an attractive and affordable twenty-first century adaptation of this principle.
The classic shape and look of this piece means you'll probably keep it for quite a few years. As a further incentive to hold onto it, its light oak veneer will apparently look even better as it ages. The unit costs £475.
Buy it from the John Lewis website