Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table
With its long, low profile, the Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table sits dramatically in front of a long sofa or at the centre of a chair grouping. It sets a striking stage for displaying mid-century fat lava vases, fresh flowers, magazines or a special book in a living room, waiting room, reception area or executive lounge. Finished in either black or white laminate, the table makes a strong and beautiful statement wherever it is used.
A Smooth Expanse
The Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table’s surface length provides an expansive arc that lets you spread out or display items – as many or as few as you like.
The tabletop consists of a seven-ply Baltic birch core sandwiched between high-pressure black or white laminate. The edge is bevelled on an angle to give the top added emphasis.
The wire-rod base design is a signature Eames look. The rods can be zinc-plated or powder-coated black or white to coordinate with the top you choose.
The wire-rod base design is a mark of the Eameses’ signature designs and our material specification process ensures that this piece endures physically as much as it does aesthetically. For the chrome table base option, we now use a plating process called trivalent chrome plating, which greatly reduces the environmental and health issues associated with the traditional hexavalent chrome process. An added benefit is that the trivalent process produces plating that is more uniform. You may also coordinate the top you choose with powder-coated black or white base options.
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.