(Bloomberg Businessweek) — Plastic was the cultural palette of the 1960s: Designers as diverse as Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton, and Joe Colombo used it to create classic pieces of furniture that are still being made (and copied) today. Dorothee Becker, an untrained designer and wife of lighting guru Ingo Maurer, invented one of the unlikeliest icons of the era—a wall organizer made from a single piece of molded plastic. With 23 pockets of different shapes and sizes, plus metal hooks and clips, it remained a bestseller from 1969 until it was discontinued in 1974, when the material fell out of favor during the oil crisis. Swiss company Vitra reissued it in 2002 as the Uten.Silo ($525), but it’s more pertinent than ever in 2020, thanks to new work-from-home realities.

THE COMPETITION

• The Woud Input organizer, made of solid, untreated oak, has eight movable boxes you can arrange,

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