In 1949, Charles and Ray Eames developed ESU as a system of free-standing shelves. Together with the Eames Office and the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, a carefully defined new colour composition was chosen to give ESU a fresh and contemporary look, celebrating the spirit of the 1940s and 50s. The second feature of the new ESU is the adjustment of the horizontal dimensions and the expansion of the variants, turning ESU into a veritable family of shelves. A beautiful and versatile addition to a contemporary office or living room space.
American husband and wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames have had a profound influence on the visual character of American life, producing original work within the fields of architecture, furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts.
The Eames’ first partnered with Vitra in 1957 to produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the history of interior design. Today Vitra continues to reflect their philosophy on design and functionality, best understood through Charles’ own words: “Recognising the need is the primary condition for the design”.