This is the third of three posts about the wall organizers designed by Dorothee Maurer-Becker in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These are the UTEN.SILO I and the UTEN.SILO II, both by Design M in Munich, West Germany, and the Wall-All III (this post), by Format Sales in the United States. Click for a brief biography of Dorothee Maurer-Becker.
Each of the organizers has its own unique variety of containers, holders, hooks, and clips that can be used to efficiently organize a kitchen, workshop, bathroom, office, or other room. The UTEN.SILO, or “Wall-All” as they were often called in the United States, is essentially a junk drawer you hang on your wall. It is attached to the wall through holes at each of the four corners of the piece.
Wall-All trademark registration, from 1975. For “wall racks for holding household articles or similar small articles,” first use was on or about July 3, 1970 and first use in commerce was on or about July 3, 1970.
The Wall-All III.
The original UTEN.SILO I (34-1/4” height by 26-1/2” width by 2-1/2” depth) dates from 1969 and is featured on the cover of the seminal l'Utopie du tout Plastique 1960-1973. A smaller version, UTEN.SILO II (26-3/4” height by 20-1/2” width by 2-1/2” depth) dates from 1970. The smallest of the three is the Wall-All III (16-5/8” by 13-3/4” by 2-7/8”).
The first page of the United States “Wall rack” design patent, number 228,854, filed December 8, 1971 and granted October 30, 1973. Click the link or the image above to read the rest of the patent.
The Wall-All III really is named Wall-All, that is how it is signed on the back of the piece. The imprint, all on one line, reads:
WALL-ALL III DESIGN:DOROTHEE MAURER-BECKER FORMAT SALES INC.,NEWYORK,N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. PATENT PENDING
The spacing above is as is found on the imprinted signature. The two commas are actually backwards.
Above: Reverse side of the Wall-All III. Below: The location of the imprint on the Wall-All III.
The first UTEN.SILO units went on the market in December, 1969 and over the following years were an overwhelming success, particularly in Europe and on the US market. The oil crisis intervened and placed pressures on the plastics industry. Consumers interested in design began to direct their attention to wood and other natural materials. Production of UTEN.SILO I was halted in 1974 and UTEN.SILO II, a smaller version manufactured as of 1970, was discontinued a few years later.
Three plastic pegs are part of the lower left corner of the Wall-All III.
Biscuit (beige) (from eBay)
Below is a Wall All III in its original packaging. The color is described as biscuit, an off-white beige.
The packaging reads:
- Keeps everything organized and readily available
- Holds essentials and odds and ends in most shapes and sizes
- Perfect for kitchen, office, workroom or playroom
Style # 601
- Durable high-impact molded plastic
- Available in red, yellow, brown, white, biscuit or blue
Made in U.S.A.
While the packaging says that the Wall-All III was “Available in red, yellow, brown, white, biscuit or blue,” it was made in a wide variety of colors. The UTEN.SILO I and UTEN.SILO II have been reissued, but the Wall-All III remains out of production.
White (from etsy.com)
Red (from eBay)
Yellow (from eBay)
Gray (from referencelibrary)
Brown (from Factory20)
I have a black Wall-All III mounted on the inside of the door that opens to my furnace room. The Wall-All III is sturdy and gives lots of storage, yet isn’t so deep that the door can’t close.
If you know of the Wall-All III in any other color, please comment below!