eames elliptical table

eames elliptical table

eames elliptical table

Design Charles & Ray Eames®, 1951
Wire frame, baltic birch core, veneer or laminate top
Made by Herman Miller®

"Who would say that pleasure is not useful?"
-Charles Eames

Charles and Ray Eames spent many years experimenting with wire rods, work that yielded a number of breakthrough products in the 1950s. They considered many shapes for this large table introduced in 1951, but their final choice was elliptical. It reminds some of a surfboard. That's fitting, given that the Eameses enjoyed commanding views of the Pacific Ocean from their California home and studio.

With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."

The wire-base tabletop cosists of seven layers of Baltic birch plywood, beveled at 20 degrees and sandwiched between high-pressure laminate in black, white or studio white. The Wire rod design base, a signature Eames look, is available in a powder-coat white, black or trivalent chrome.

89" w | 29.5" d | 10" h

$875.00 + free threshold delivery in the continental U.S.
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Eames

Husband and wife team Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture and furniture, as well as working in industrial and graphic design, fine art, and film. Charles completed two years of study at Washington University in St. Louis. With his design and life partner Ray, he designed prize-winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding techniques of Alvar Aalto. Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter, having graduated from Bennett Women’s College in Millbrook, NY and later studying under Hans Hoffman while living in New York City. She co-founded the American Abstract Artists and has a painting in the Whitney museum’s permanent collection.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.
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