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Eames Storage Unit ESU, Shelf

Charles & Ray Eames, 1949

The ESU Shelf by Charles and Ray Eames comes in various heights: from a low sideboard to a tall, spacious bookshelf. The ESU Shelf is somewhat wider than the ESU Bookcase, which is fitted with sliding doors and drawers. The coloured panels of both units are carefully coordinated and match the EDU Desk.


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Eames Storage Unit ESU

In 1949, Charles and Ray Eames developed an innovative system of freestanding, multifunctional shelves and desks. Similar to the simultaneously constructed Eames House, these designs adhered to the principles of industrial production: the Eames Storage Unit (ESU) and the Eames Desk Unit (EDU). In collaboration with the Eames Office and Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, a carefully defined new colour scheme was chosen to give the ESU and EDU a fresh and contemporary look while still celebrating the spirit of the 1940s and '50s. The wider ESU Shelf is available in various heights, from a sideboard to a tall bookshelf. The ESU Bookcase is somewhat narrower and fitted with drawers and sliding doors to provide practical storage options.

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Charles & Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.