For something stylish for storing vinyl, look no further than the handmade midcentury record display units by Kai Takeshima.
This is very much a case of a design that’s functional at its heart but wins out on looks alone. If you look at the designs without any vinyl in place they still look stunning. But they are unlikely to be empty for long.
That’s because these are bought to house vinyl and very much in that ‘record store’ sense, with the LPs in individual racks for flicking through as and when you want a browse. As long as you don’t overfill each one. No one likes an overstuffed rack, not least your records.
There are two variations on the theme, described as Record Display I and Record Display II, the latter being an addition for those who just need to pack in a little more storage space. But at their heart, both of these are the same design.
You are looking at a walnut and brass units with an oiled finish (blackened oak and steel also available and pictured at the bottom of the page), with a strong retro influence and a design that’s obviously got one eye on fitting in with the midcentury modern trend.
Each compartment is 9 inches deep and as for capacity, that’s 300 if you opt for Record Display I or 450 if you go large with Record Display II. The shelves are tilted at 6 degrees to ensure a ‘secure resting position’ for your beloved vinyl.
As each one is made to order, the number of columns can be modified and if you don’t like the look of the wood finishes here, other wood options are available, although none are pictured on the maker’s site.
There’s something else that isn’t mentioned too, which is the price of one of these units. This is a premium product and likely involves a lot of work. So don’t expect it to be cheap. If you want a price, contact the seller via his website with your specifications.
Find out more at the Kai Takeshima website
If you want something more affordable, do check out the Ronda 1960s-style vinyl cabinet at La Redoute.