Eames Storage Unit (ESU)
The ESU Bookcase by Charles and Ray Eames is somewhat narrower than their ESU Shelf unit, and in contrast to the latter, the Bookcase is fitted with drawers and sliding doors. It has four shelf levels, which are each the height of a standard ring binder, offering plenty of practical storage space as well as places to stow items out of sight.
Charles and Ray Eames
Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and joined the faculty the following year. In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition 'Organic Design in Home Furnishings' organised by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook, and in 1941 he married Ray Kaiser.