1.The story inspired by a childhood memory - Uten.Silos
Dorothee Becker, who never trained either as a designer or an artist yet her most significant design Uten.Silos were originally designed for Design M in 1960–1970 and currently produced by Vitra.
The first Uten.Silos went on the market in 1969 was an overwhelming success particularly in Europe and on the US market, where they sold under the name "Wall-All". Its genesis was something of a fortuitous event, as Becker herself describes: "In 1968, fired by the spirit of the 1968 civil rights movement, I designed a wooden toy consisting of a large piece of wood with geometrically shaped notches and matching elements."
The final Uten Silo was inspired by her own childhood and the time she spent in her father's drugstore and photoshop in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Dorothee remembered her sense of wonder at the countless drawers filled with fascinating things waiting to be discovered. There was also a toiletry bag made of waxed cotton cloth filled with pockets.
2.The Design of Uten.Silo
The wall-mounted Uten.Silo made of the favorite material of the time, molded plastic, equipped with containers of different shapes and sizes, metal hooks, and clips. It was sold in bright, shiny colors and offered a playful way to display home necessities or favorite items in its 32 pockets. Uten.Silo provides practical storage space for all kinds of everyday objects, making it easier to find things. Bringing order to offices, kitchens, workshops, bathrooms, and children's rooms.
3. Vitra Design Re-Introduces Uten Silo:
Uten.Silo was initially called the "Wall-All" storage and was put into production by Dorothee Becker's husband, Ingo Maurer, who operated "M Design". Ingo Maurer believed so much in the Uten Silo that he invested $200,000 of the company's money to get the production off the ground. The majority of the investment went toward producing a metal injection mold that weighed over three tons. It was a huge amount of money for a small company, and initially, the investment paid off, until plastics fell out of favor as a result of the oil crisis in the early 1970s. The Uten Silo was discontinued until 2002 when the Vitra Design Museum reissued both the original 1969 version and a smaller one dating from 1970. With its different sized containers, metal hooks and clips, the Vitra Uten.Silo wall storage unit organizes all types of spaces from offices and kitchens to workshops and bathrooms.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Dorothee Becker, born in 1938 in Aschaffenburg, Germany, studied languages in Frankfurt and Munich. After living for a time in London and Paris, she moved to California in 1960. She returned to Germany with her husband, Ingo Maurer, and ran a successful shop for well-designed and practical everyday objects until 1989. Becker has continued her creative activities to the present day.