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Focus On: Vitra's Uten.Silo
This week’s blog takes a closer look at the story of the Uten.Silo – from its inception in the late 1960s, to its recent re-found popularity.
The wonderfully inventive Uten.Silo I was first designed in 1969 by German designer Dorothee Becker. She was inspired by a multi-pocketed fabric storage system hanging up in her father’s shop when she was a child, and, after admiring its simple practicality, decided to create something similar in the relatively new material of plastic.
Although plastic was new to her at the time, she knew that it would be much easier to mass produce than fabric, and would be more practical for the home environment, whom she was designing for.
With financial backing from her husband, fellow designer Ingo Maurer, Dorothee revealed her design at the Frankfurt Fair in 1969. It was such a hit that it went on sale in the December of the same year and became an international success.
Throughout 1969 and 1970, demand continued to increase and she expanded the collection to include a smaller version of her innovative storage system, the Uten.Silo II, in 1970.
However, production was forced to cease in 1974 when the oil crisis sky-rocketed the price of plastic. It was only re-launched in 2002, over three decades later, when the Vitra Design Museum took over the rights to both the Uten.Silo I and Uten.Silo II.
Today, the Uten.Silo I and Uten.Silo II are both produced by Vitra and are available in black, white or red.
The handy storage system, with its metal hooks and clips and different sized compartments, are perfect for hallways, home offices, kitchens or bathrooms – or wherever you need handy extra storage.
What would you store in yours?