In 1949, Charles & Ray Eames developed a new system of free-standing multifunctional shelves which, similar to the Eames House that dates from the same time, were constructed strictly in keeping with the principles of industrial mass production. The Vitra ESU (Eames Storage Unit) Shelf is reproduced here by Vitra and includes a number of configurations of one, two, three or four shelves.
This new version has brightly painted screens in moulded plywood and height-adjustable legs. Its subtle muted colourway has black powder coated metal surfaces and colour lacquered MDF screens in grey, brown, red and orange. The feet can be levelled individually.
ESU – Eames Storage Units
Colour: Black Frame, Plywood, Various Colours
Material: Moulded plywood with Powder-coated metal surfaces
Charles & Ray Eames are one of modern design's most recognisable partnerships. Born in the early part of the 20th Century Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where together they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood. The aim was to create comfortable chairs that were affordable.
Playful and fun, the Eames' had a great energy that lives through their iconic products today. "Take your pleasure seriously" was a favourite saying of Charles Eames.