Continuously tinkering, altering, and improving

The Eames Contract Base Table Outdoor is based on the original design for the outdoor tables designed for the Miller House and subsequently offered by Herman Miller as part of the Aluminum Group. The Contract Base features sturdy and distinctive cast aluminum cruciform shape shared by the original Aluminum Group Chairs.


A vintage photo of Charles and Ray Eames holding hands in a playful posture.

Never ones to treat their work as sacred, Charles and Ray Eames were continuously tinkering, altering, and improving upon their furniture designs for Herman Miller over the decades we collaborated (just compare a DCM from 1946 and 1973). In 1964, as an evolution of the cast aluminum legs developed for the chairs and tables in Alexander Girard's La Fonda del Sol restaurant, they set about updating the base of the Aluminum Group Chair. Utilizing the same vocabulary, they also created what we now call the Universal Base. It’s been in production ever since.

We reengineered the Eames Tables Outdoor to stand up to all types of weather, replacing parts that weren't suitable for outdoor use, adding durable powder coatings, and offering a selection of four North American stone tops. We'll leave it up to you to decide from all possible iterations of base height and color and tabletop stone and shape.

An oval Eames outdoor table with a white marble top and black base.

The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.

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Product Designers Ray and Charles Eames