Andy found this this summer, and then after talking to the folks at Modern Times to learn more about it, I promptly lost the link. In any case, there's really not much more to say at this point besides "awesome."
This beautiful pair of slot-together plywood shelves, with fitted slot-together drawers, was made in the 1940s by a guy named Harry Davis. But Davis wasn't a designer, at least not for his day job; he was an editor, with Howard Rushmore and Henrietta Tepper, of a New York-based, independent literary magazine that was part of the 1930s "little magazine movement." Unfortunately for its place in history, the little magazine was titled The Little Magazine.
According to a 1946 history and bibliography of the little magazine movement titled "The Little Magazine: a history and bibliography,
The Little Magazine steers a middle course between the two currents of letters of the thirties: the individualist and the Marxist. It announces as its chief purpose, "...to supply a medium for material which, by virtue of its being creative rather than manufactured according to formula, sets its own standards, thereby making it unacceptable to magazines with an 'editorial' policy."
Meanwhile, I've been trying to formulate the manufacture and material of these shelves. At 32 inches wide, 14.5 inches deep, and 33 inches high, each shelf unit [minus the drawers, is almost exactly 2/3 of a 4x8' sheet of plywood. So with two sheets, Davis could've made three of these things. Each pair of drawers, though, takes almost a full sheet. After spending like 30 minutes this morning trying to reverse engineer Davis's pattern in a way that optimizes the number of plywood sheets, my wife goes, "Maybe he used the leftover wood for something else."
Personally, I'd lengthen the slot between the feet and the shelf bottoms; it looks a little precarious, but I guess it's also withstood 60 years of use in the Davis house, so never mind?