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Eames Storage Unit
Eames Storage Units
Herman Miller >
Charles & Ray Eames >, Charles Eames >, Ray Eames >
Architonic ID:
United States
Manufacturer groups :
Storage/Shelving-Shelving >
Storage/Filing-Cabinets >
Storage/Shelving-Shelving >
Storage/Filing-Cabinets >


Eames Storage Units are emblematic of the grace and whimsy Charles and Ray Eames used in designing home furnishing solutions.

A result of work they had done for a 1949 exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, these pieces reveal the "machine aesthetic" and Japanese influences important to the Eameses at the time. Long before "modularity" and "high tech" entered the language, Charles and Ray combined standardized parts in many ways to create practical furnishings that suit a variety of uses.

The molded plywood and wire cross-supports used in Eames Storage Units echo other classic Eames designs, including their wire chairs, wire-base tables, and molded plywood chairs.

Eames Storage Units are true to the inventive originals introduced in 1950. Designed as both storage place and display cabinet, they are a striking example of how Charles and Ray Eames extended the boundaries of design to create a new modern aesthetic for the office and home.

Historic Storage
Fits the need. Eames Storage Units are composed of cases, cabinets, and drawers in five configurations and four sizes.
Fits the decor. Each configuration is offered in two color schemes: neutrals or brights.
Strong and durable. Uprights, cross-supports, and perforated panels are zinc-coated steel; cabinet fronts are dimpled plywood; drawer fronts and shelves are molded plywood; case side and back panels are painted hardboard.
Easy on floors. Feet have nylon glides.