The Eames Storage Unit, dubbed “working art” since its first exhibition in 1949 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, offers usable storage for treasured objects while doubling as a compelling center piece.
The concept for the furniture piece was introduced to the public in the essay, “A New Series of Storage Units” written by Charles for the April 1950 issue of Arts and Architecture magazine.
It was Charles and Ray’s belief to always honor “the honest use of materials.” This allowed them to embrace designing and producing household furniture using industrial production techniques. As such, they strove to design their furniture in minimalist ways to keep the end cost as low as possible for the consumer. So, rather than disguise the off-the-shelf look of the storage unit’s components, they embraced its industrial roots.
Each storage unit makes use of a simple, bridge-like construction. The plastic-coated plywood shelves, lacquered Masonite panels, and chrome-plated steel framing come together to produce a lightweight, modular series of storage cabinets. Their logic is fine and unforced, and their methods, mechanics and reasons are completely apparent in the finished piece.
This modular, modern storage solution is available in four sizes and several configurations to provide the level of storage and display that’s right for you. Its highly customizable design allows it to be configured to suit the room and usage of your choice. For use in an office, its industrial design is a perfect complement to the Eames Desk Unit.
The Eames Storage Unit comes in two color options. The multi option has natural birch wood fronts and brightly colored red, white, blue, and tan side- and back-panels. The neutral option has the same birch fronts and grey, white, tan, and black panels. Both units have simple steel supports available in a zinc-plated or black finish.