wood; red, white, black, gray, beige, and yellow lacquered Masonite; steel

© Eames Office

ESU (Eames Storage Unit) buffet, c. 1950

The Eames Storage Units, or ESUs, were a low-cost system of storage and display, available in various combinations of drawers, shelves, or sliding panels. Industrial materials conveyed a modern aesthetic, while brightly colored Masonite, a building material made of pressure-molded wood fibers, added a touch of playfulness to the products. The easily movable ESUs were perfect for modern open-plan homes without built-in storage. However, the delicate steel-angle legs seen on this early example were easily bent—something the manufacturer Herman Miller soon addressed in a redesign.

Details
Title
ESU (Eames Storage Unit) buffet
Artist Life
1907-1978
Role
Designer
Accession Number
87.33.4
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wood; red, white, black, gray, beige, and yellow lacquered Masonite; steel

© Eames Office

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