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Eames Tables Outdoor

Product Story

Because your outdoor spaces deserve the same quality of furniture as your interiors, we are pleased to offer the Eames Tables Outdoor. Suitable for terraces, patios, or al fresco dining areas in both warm and cool climates, our range of tables offers a durable and sturdy solution wherever a surface is called for. Round and square offered in a wide variety of sizes, surfaces, and heights enable you to select exactly the right weather-resistant table to suit your space and use.

A Cut Above

The first step in readying the Eames Tables 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 stones from four North American quarries and named them after their home state: 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 centimeter-thick slabs of stone are cut to order with a bull-nosed edge and given an eggshell-like honed finish. Tops and bases are connected with a bolt that runs the length of the column to ensure strength and durability through years of use.

Eames Tables Outdoor

Built To Last

No matter which base you opt for, the simplicity of Eames Tables Outdoor make them durable in appearance and fact. Tops and bases are connected with a bolt that runs the length of the column to ensure strength and durability through years of use.

Design Story

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.

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.