Just got this amazing product yesterday. It came in a beautiful box and apart from being well designed it is also extremely well made and quite heavy. It has found its place in the kitchen, next to the door which turns out to be the perfect spot: the kitchen table is totally cleaned up by now! Keys, purses, sunglasses – they all got their own white little balcony. Beardman was a bit skeptical about it in the beginning but seems to love it by now.
Uten.Silo was designed in 1969 by Dorothee Becker. In the late 1960s, German-born Dorothee Becker was pondering a childhood memory of a multi-pocketed fabric storage system that had hung in her father’s shop. She was inspired to create Utensilo, practical, versatile, and easy to mass-produce in durable plastic. The prototype was presented at the Frankfurt Fair in 1969, and Dorothee’s husband, designer Ingo Maurer, invested 250,000DM ($200,000) to get production underway for the Utensilo. It was initially a huge hit, but fell out of production when the 1974 oil crisis knocked our confidence in plastics. In 2002, however, the Vitra Design Museum reissued both sizes, so we can once again enjoy Dorothee Becker’s perfectly formed petit-pocket storage system