Another use for an innovation

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 that was large enough to hold a variety of items and fit comfortably with a long sofa or a group of chairs.

They considered many shapes. In the end, did they take their inspiration from the surfboards that 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 Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table is compelling proof that good design never goes out of style.

An Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table in an office lobby that also features an Eames Walnut Stool and Eames Sofa Compact.