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Original Eames 2nd Generation ESU 'Eames Storage Unit' Herman Miller

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Here for your consideration is an original design by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller 1950s USA. The ESU or 'Eames Storage Unit' this one is a second generation of the original design, distinguishable by the style of legs seen here. The legs on these units were set back a little from the four corners. This variation was only produced from 3 years- 1952-1955 This unit, unfortunately has replacement pulls and is missing the 2 original sliding doors. "The ESU (Eames Storage Unit) series was inspired by Industrial shelving as an inexpensive solution to the changing storage needs of mid-century families who were more mobile and informal than the previous generation. The series was offered in different sizes with the closed cabinets, number of shelves, and bays varying to suit the owner’s particular needs. By interchanging color panels and textures, the units could be further personalized while resonating with the contemporaneous trend in painting toward geometric abstraction. Originally offered as self-assembly and later as pre-assembled, the ESU storage units are perhaps one of the most recognizable furniture designs of the last century." text form the Cranbrook Museum.  

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    Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.25 in. x W 47 in. x D 15 in.H 81.92 cm x W 119.38 cm x D 38.1 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU1093214269991
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About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call Mid-Century Modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture of the past seven decades.


     Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company—named for its chief financial backer—began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D. J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.


     Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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