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 the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, a carefully defined new colour scheme was chosen to give the ESU 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 only available in one standard height.
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.
Materials: Metal surfaces: black powder coating. Shelves: maple plywood with birch face veneer, clear lacquer. Panels: MDF, coloured lacquer.
1 HU: W179.5 x H50.5 x D42 cm
2 HU: W179.5 x H82 x D42 cm
3 HU: W179.5 x H117.5 x D42 cm
4 HU: W179.5 x H148 x D42 cm
Bookcase: W120 x H148 x D43 cm
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