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Eames Desk and Storage Unit

Product Story

Long before "modularity" and "high tech" entered the design lexicon, Charles and Ray Eames were using industrial production techniques to extend the boundaries of design and create a modern aesthetic. These desk and storage units complement each other, and each can stand alone. They provide ample storage, work, and display space. And at home or in the office, they look as striking now as they did when first introduced in 1950.

Practical Functionality

These pieces offer more than arresting good looks. They're designed and built to meet your work surface, storage, and display needs in a very practical way.

Choose the classic desk with an easily accessible storage or display area and a handy drawer on the left or right that accommodates hanging file folders. Or the new smaller desk, with open wire shelving for storage, that is ideal for today's smaller technology and smaller spaces.

Storage units include cases, cabinets, and drawers in five configurations and four sizes. Pair with a desk or use single pieces on their own.

Eames Desk and Storage Unit


Have as much fun as you want. Desks and storage units are offered in two color schemes—neutral or bright. The neutral scheme uses birch veneer with white and black accents to create a sleek, high-tech look. The bright scheme uses red, blue, black, and white hardboard panels and surfaces that are reminiscent of a Mondrian painting.

Cross-supports, uprights, and perforated panels have an industrial feel and are available in zinc plating or in new black anodized zinc plating. They give the units an industrial feel, and the dimpled plywood on cabinet fronts and plywood drawer fronts and shelves reinforce the furniture's mid-century modern appearance.

Eames Desk and Storage Unit


Uprights, cross-supports, and perforated panels are steel. Drawer fronts and shelves are smooth plywood; side panels are painted hardboard; storage unit cabinet fronts are plywood that's molded to form round dimples. Nylon foot glides are easy on floors.

Design Story

The Eames desks and storage units are emblematic of the grace and vision Charles and Ray Eames used in solving home furnishing problems. A result of work they had done for a 1949 exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the pieces reveal the "machine aesthetic" and Japanese influences important to the Eameses at the time. The wire cross supports used in the desks and storage units echo other classic Eames designs, including Eames wire chairs and wire-base tables.

The resulting products are practical and ideal for all kinds of office spaces—small and large, business or home. They retain their modern look with a dash of retro styling.