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Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller®
What cup of coffee wouldn't look better sitting on this elegant Eames table? Charles and Ray Eames applied the same breakthrough technology that resulted in their famous molded plywood chairs to create this simple, lightweight, imaginative table.
With its thin, platter-like top and gently curved legs, the molded plywood coffee table speaks eloquently of the fertile early years of classic Eames design.
Lean, Simple Profile
The table's round, slightly indented top and gently curved legs are shaped by the Eames' process of sandwiching thin wood veneers under heat and pressure. Three strong, lightweight hardwood inner plies are pressed between natural face veneers.
15.5"h x 34"diameter
Design StoryDesign Story
While working on their molded plywood chairs in 1945, designers Charles and Ray Eames decided to experiment with using molded plywood for tables, too. And they produced a slew of them: rectangular, round, with wire legs and plywood legs. The coffee table was one of these early originals.
The Eames wanted the plywood tables to be designed according to the principles that had guided their design of the plywood chairs: The tables were to present a minimal statement, be capable of mass production, sell for a low cost, answer a wide range of home needs, and be easily moved and stored.
George Nelson was Impressed
In 1945, George Nelson, the Herman Miller design director, saw the molded plywood coffee table and other ground-breaking Eames molded plywood pieces at a showing at the Barclay Hotel in New York. Nelson was so impressed that he told company president D.J. De Pree that Herman Miller had to hire the Eameses. De Pree demurred—the company was still very small at the time and he wasn't convinced that it needed any designer other than Nelson. But finally he succumbed and went to see the Eames molded plywood pieces when they were shown at the Museum of Modern Art. Nelson contacted the Eameses, and soon afterward, Charles and Ray were designing for Herman Miller. The table went into production in 1946.