Giotto Stoppino designed the Heller Record Rack for, imagine this, LP (12” size) records. It is a simple and rational design. One side is a right triangle with a cut out. If oriented this way, the side with the cut out triangle is on the left and the imprint is at top center as shown in the picture below. The rack is equally at home with the cut out triangle on the right. The triangle that has been cut out of the left side is the same size as three triangles that serve as dividers and a reinforcement of the structure. They were sold in pairs, two to a box. Today, these pieces typically sell for $10 to $30 each and often sell in quantities of two or more at a time.
The third divider on the right extends over the edge of the holder in such a way that this triangle will fit exactly into the opening on the next adjacent rack. These record album racks can be set up on a shelf in a configuration as long as desired.
Various views of a rack in white.
Front and back of the Heller Record Racks box: “This box contains two Heller Record Racks. Each rack holds up to 28 records and ingeniously connects with another to form a system for stable upright storage.” The box is 13-3/8” tall by 13-1/2” wide by 5-1/4” deep.
The side of the box reads:
Two Record Racks
Heller Designs, Inc.
New York, New York 10010
The back side of the Stoppino Heller LP holder.
The holder is 12-1/2” tall by 12-3/4” deep and 4-5/8” wide. Even if LPs aren’t your thing, these work equally well as a magazine organizer or paperwork holder.
Pictures in this post were taken from eBay and Etsy. Below is a gallery the LP rack in a variety of color combinations. The rack was manufactured in white, red, yellow, green, and black.
There are two main versions of the in-mold imprint. One has the line “Made in Italy” and the other has this line struck out, presumably because the given rack was not made in Italy!
An interesting and different imprint on one rack that is unlike any of the others I have seen.