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Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table Metal Base

 Charles and Ray Eames
The Molded Plywood Coffee Table is an eloquent example of early Eames design. Formed by breakthrough technology that molds plywood veneer into curved shapes, its round top is slightly indented and comes in a range of finishes. Paired with lounge chairs or sofa seating, it creates a striking centerpiece in any space.

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Gather ‘Round

Whether placed in a living room, great room, or family room, this elegant Eames table is perfectly made for coffee, cards, or camaraderie among friends. Its dimpled top—available in walnut, natural cherry, ebony, and white ash—is supported by slim metal legs in black or trivalent chrome.

Charles and Ray Eames

Another reflection of their design.

Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
  • Timeless Form

    Timeless Form

    The vision of Charles and Ray Eames to continually explore, refine, and discover was reflected in their experiments with molded plywood. After various attempts to create a round coffee table, they landed on one of their most recognizable designs—a simple occasional table with a round plywood top and four slim tubular metal legs.

  • Light and Agile

    Light and Agile

    The production methods used to produce this coffee table met one of the Eames criteria for this furniture: It had to be lightweight and easy to pick up and move around. It's also a convenient size—34 inches in diameter, 15½ inches high.

  • Steel Sensibilities

    Steel Sensibilities

    The table’s sturdy legs—in black or trivalent chrome—have self-leveling nylon glides that work on both carpet and hard-surface floors.

Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table

Another reflection of
their design principles.

An Impressive Display

Tables to Go with the Chairs

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 Eameses 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 is Impressed

The plywood tables and chairs were shown at an exhibition at the Barclay Hotel in New York. George Nelson, the new Herman Miller design director, saw the coffee table and other ground-breaking Eames molded plywood pieces at that showing. He was so impressed that he told company president DJ De Pree that Herman Miller had to hire the Eameses.

Nelson was impressed by the Eameses' ground breaking work in molded plywood.

Charles and Ray Eames
Tables to Go with the Chairs George Nelson is Impressed

Charles and Ray Eames Come to Herman Miller

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 gave in and went to see the Eames molded plywood pieces when they were shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art. De Pree was won over, and soon afterward, Charles and Ray were designing for Herman Miller. The table went into production in 1946.

Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table Metal Base

General Dimensions

  • W:865"
  • H:395"
Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table Metal Base
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Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.



For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.

Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.