Eames Wire Base Low Table Outdoor

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Eames Wire Base Low Table Outdoor

Product Story

A small, low table of elegant rectilinear proportions, the Eames Wire Base Low Table Outdoor is ideal for just about any task. Lightweight and easy to move, they are easily arranged and rearranged depending on the occasion. They can be grouped to offer a large surface, or spread out among guests. A selection of stone tops and weather-resistant powder coatings give this classic 1950 Eames design a new lease of life outdoors.

A Cut Above

The first step in creating the Eames Wire Base Low Table Outdoor was to choose a selection of stone finishes that would be durable and provide a natural complement to the existing design, while also contributing a unique character of their own.

We sourced our stone from four North American quarries and named them after their respective home states: Georgia White Marble, a luminescent stone from the same source that was used to create Daniel Chester French’s 1920 sculpture of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial; Georgia Grey Marble, a cloudy grey stone from the same location used in the 2004 renovation of New York’s Museum of Modern Art; Wisconsin Black Marble, a unique dark stone speckled with lustrous green and grey veins and Quebec Graphite Granite, a subtly patterned granite composed of deep hues used to rich effect in Chicago’s John Hancock Center.

Once extracted, two 1-cm-thick slabs of stone are cut to order with a bevelled edge derived from the original Eames design and given an eggshell-like honed finish.

Design Story

At the end of World War II, Charles and Ray Eames turned to rapidly emerging technologies with the aim of adapting these new industrial processes to the creation of furnishings. They experimented relentlessly with everything from bent plywood to stamped metal, to fibreglass-reinforced plastic and welded wire. The latter inspired a series of chairs, chair bases, an experimental sofa and a table base that could be adapted for both large and small surfaces. The Eameses even developed a mass-production technique for simultaneously welding wire rods that Herman Miller adopted to fabricate these designs. The Eames Wire Base Low Table is a result of that experimentation, and has been in continuous production at Herman Miller since 1950.

The Eameses found hundreds of uses for these small tables, but none more renowned than the hosting of a Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu, in their newly erected Case Study House in honour of a visit by Charlie Chaplin and Isamu Noguchi. Re-engineered to weather the elements, today this practical little design is more useful than ever.