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Dorothee Becker (b. 1938), Germany.

Dorothee Becker Biography:

Dorothee Becker, born 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.

Dorothee Becker Vitra Uten Silo:

When the Uten Silo was introduced in 1969, it became an immediate bestseller. Made of the favorite material of the time, molded plastic, it was sold in bright, shiny colors and offered a playful way to display home necessities or favorite items in its 32 pockets. Dorothee Becker initially had the idea to create a wooden toy with geometrically shaped notches, but when her own children were uninterested in the toy, she scrapped the idea. The final Uten Silo was inspired by her own childhood and the time she spent in her father's drugstore and photo shop 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. Dorothee used that idea for the Uten Silo.

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.

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