With its long, low profile, the Eames wire base elliptical table sits dramatically in front of a long sofa or in the middle of a chair grouping. It sets a striking stage for displaying mid-century fat lava vases, fresh flowers, magazines, or a special book in a living room, waiting room, reception area, or executive lounge. Finished in either black or white laminate, the table makes a strong and beautiful statement wherever it is.
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A Smooth Expanse
The wire base elliptical table's surface length provides an expansive arc that lets you spread out or display items—a lot or a few.
The tabletop consists of a seven-ply Baltic birch core sandwiched between high-pressure black or white laminate. The edge is beveled on an angle to give the top added emphasis.
The wire-rod base design is a signature Eames look. Rods are zinc plated or powder-coated black or white to coordinate with the top you choose.
For the chrome option on the table base, we now use a plating process called trivalent chrome plating, which greatly reduces the environmental and health issues associated with the traditional hexavalent chrome process. An added benefit is that the trivalent process produces a plating that is more uniform.
In 1951, having perfected a manufacturing technique for welding wire-rod bases, Charles and Ray Eames decided to bridge two bases with a dramatically shaped top large enough to hold a variety of items and fit comfortably with a long sofa or several chairs.
They considered many shapes. In the end, did they take their inspiration from the surfboards they doubtless saw frequently, given the commanding view of the Pacific Ocean from their California home and studio? They never said, but people often refer to this piece as the "surfboard table." Whatever you call it, the wire base elliptical table makes it clear that good design never goes out of style.