Storage! 20th Century Systems at Hans Peter Jochum

On view right now at Berlin gallery Hans Peter Jochum — a “greatest hits” of 20th century storage systems by Finn Juhl, Alvar Aalto, Joe Colombo, Charles & Ray Eames, Dieter Rams, and other European and American design greats. The centerpiece of the show is Finn Juhl’s wooden storage wall, a panel system suspended on a hidden track allowing flexible rearrangement of shelves and cabinets.

Other important pieces include a 1928 wall cabinet designed by Alvar Aalto for the Paimio Sanatorium, a 1950 Eames storage unit, a 1957 Vitsoe MontageSystem 571 by Dieter Rams, and a 1968 prototype for the Rinacente department store by Joe Colombo. As a collection, these pieces represent some of the key innovations of 20th century furniture design — particularly in terms of space-saving products.

Sliding doors (beautifully executed in an Angelo Mangiarotti cabinet from 1963) became popular in the early 20th century, as high-rises stacked small apartments on top of one another and architects and designers searched for ways to maximize square footage. Wall-mounted track systems — like Finn Juhl’s panel/track system — also saved space while allowing customers to adapt the modular cabinets and shelves to their changing needs.

For more information and photos, check out the exhibition online at Hans Peter Jochum. Storage is on view through May 1st.