Barzilay Multispan Vertical Storage System — another valuable Scandinavian Modern wall unit design

barzilay wall unitI am loving seeing all the different kinds of midcentury Scandinavian Modern style wall units. Eric responded to my stories about the String System and the Royal Cado and Cado Systems by sending me photos of his Barzilay Multi-Span wall system – along with scans of the brochure for it. Oh — and yowza — look at his gorgeous living room. All that rich, warm wood is so stylish and comfortable. Eric’s story, more photos of his living room, and the brochure follow…

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Eric writes:

I was just looking your post about vintage wall units and I thought I would share these pics of one I recently purchased. It was made by a Gardena, California company called Barzilay and it’s called the Multispan: Vertical Storage System. They appear to focus on a lot of entertainment wall units with stereos and speakers in them. What little info I could find was on stereo forums. They have other wall units I have seen, however, I have yet to see a unit like mine.

barzilay… A little drawer unit slides into the far left cabinet slot. I don’t really have a use for it so I pulled it out and stuck a speaker in there for the time being. I’d like to make a screen to cover the speaker opening so it looks built in and not a speaker just sitting there. There use to be a record player where my tuner is but it is long gone. Luckily my tuner fits into that slot perfectly so not all is lost. Oh and yes the Invisible Boy poster is original. I use to collect vintage movie posters, but now I just buy screen prints like the Jabba the Hut sitting to the left of it.
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The wall unit I got is sadly not complete. The guy I bought it from still has three cabinets — two big one like the bottom two and a narrow one. He is saving these for himself, but I told to let me know if he ever wants to get rid of them. If there had been brackets for those it would have been super awesome to have the whole unit go from the living room into the kitchen. I think with all of those pieces it would have been over 20 feet long. Right now it’s a little over 8 feet long. Maybe one day if I can find some more parts, and afford them, I’ll add on to the unit.
barzilay brochurebarzilay brochureMy set also has some brackets for shelves but no shelves. I’ll eventually get around to making some shelves and additional brackets. I do have some additional floor to ceiling braces that I hope to use one day.
Yeah. Some people aren’t fans of those kinds of doors but I really like them. The unit does look great the way it is now but I think it will look even better once I get a couple of shelves made. I want to put a magazine shelf on the left side and a flat shelf or two on the right. However, I am in no rush since it looks fine the way it is.
Thank you, Eric — Gorgeous, and now I also have a new appreciation for Jabba The Hut. Well, sort of. Readers, check out Eric and Susan’s blog, Our Modern Mess, for more of their adventures.
Readers, I am currently scouring craigslist daily for a midcentury wall unit for a particular spot in my husband’s office. I’m searching these terms:
  • cado
  • barzilay
  • danish modern shelf
  • danish modern shelving
  • danish modern wall unit
  • modern wall unit
  • modern shelf
  • modern shelving
  • modern wall unit
  • teak shelf
  • teak shelving
  • teak wall unit

Ugh. What other terms should I search?… so I can get my wall unit fast… before all these stories I’m writing drive prices up even higher. This is going to be a hard search, I think, because sellers know they have something. I may have to revert to standing in line to get into estate sales early so that I can look to the walls. Ugh.


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  1. Shane says

    Anyway to put me in touch with Eric? These Barzilay multispan units are fairly rare but I’ve got a rather large array of these pieces, some without brackets or necessary parts. I’d love to see if he and might be able to barter for a few pieces that would be mutually beneficial.

    • pam kueber says

      Shane, if Eric is subscribed to this thread he will see your message and have the opportunity to respond. Good luck.

    • Ernie says

      Shane, I would be interested in talking with you about how the pieces assemble. Pam, if Shane is open to communicating with me, can you send him my email?

      • pam kueber says

        Ernie, with 400,000 readers a month I cannot get in the middle of sharing emails…. Not sure what else to tell you…..

  2. Ernie says

    Hi Pam
    My wife and I fell in love with this Barzilay system. We have been working with a few woodworkers in an attempt to recreate it. Is there any chance you can share the brochure scans? There are a few “engineering” aspects we would like to compare with the original design. I don’t want to waste some beautiful wood.

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