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Storage Unit

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Decorative Art, 4th Floor
MEDIUM Birch plywood, masonite, black plastic laminate veneer, chrome-plated steel, white metal, rubber
  • Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
  • DATES 1948–1954
    DIMENSIONS Overall: 58 1/2 x 46 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (148.6 x 119.0 x 42.9 cm) Drawers: 3 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 16 3/8 in. ( 9 x 56.5 x 41 5 cm); without drawer handle, depth: 15 5/8 in. ( 39.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscription
    CREDIT LINE Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Grid-like rectangular storage unit segmented into eight interchangeable compartments of cupboards, drawers, and open shelves. Six white metal framing uprights are L-shaped in profile and perforated; they run from top to bottom where they end in six short legs with rubber pads. Top of unit continuous rectangular piece with black plastic laminate veneer. Four horizontal levels comprising arrangement of variable and interchangeable components (described from top to bottom by level, from left to right around the exterior): top level has two side-by-side compartments with dimpled molded birch plywood sliding doors, side and back panels in blue, yellow and red Masonite; second level is two open shelves separated by white Masonite divider, proper right back and side with crossed white metal rods in X shape, proper left back with perforated white metal, proper left side with white Masonite; third level has three metal and plywood drawers in proper right unit with U-shaped horizontal white metal handles, proper left unit is open shelf with no back, proper left side and proper right side and back with white Masonite; fourth level is two compartments with same sliding doors as first level, side panels of blue, white, red and blue Masonite. All shelf bottoms are black plastic laminate veneer; interior side of all panels described is same color as their exterior. CONDITION - Good,
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Decorative Art, 4th Floor
    CAPTION Charles Eames (American, 1907–1978). Storage Unit, 1948–1954. Birch plywood, masonite, black plastic laminate veneer, chrome-plated steel, white metal, rubber, Overall: 58 1/2 x 46 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (148.6 x 119.0 x 42.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund, 1992.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.7_transp504.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1992.7_transp504.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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