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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 up to 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 new life outdoors.

A Cut Above

The first step in readying 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 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 beveled edge derived from the original Eames design and given an eggshell-like honed finish.

Design Story

After the end of World War Two, Charles and Ray Eames turned to rapidly emerging technologies with the goal of adapting these new industrial processes to the creation of furnishings. They experimented relentlessly with everything from bent plywood, to stamped metal, to fiberglass reinforced plastic, to 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 renown than the hosting of a tea ceremony, or chanoyu, held in their newly erected Case Study House to honor a visit from Charlie Chaplin and Isamu Noguchi. Reengineered to weather the elements, today this practical little design is more useful than ever.