Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table Wood Base

Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table Wood Base

Designers: Charles and Ray Eames
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. Veneer selections range from the dramatic (white ash) to the demure (walnut).

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    Make Your Coffee Happy

    Make Your Coffee Happy

    What cup of coffee—or sandwich plate or cocktail glass—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 in the mid-1940s.

    Charles and Ray Eames

    Another reflection of their design principles.

    Charles and Ray Eames View Design Story
    • Lean, Simple Profile

      Lean, Simple Profile

      The table's round, slightly indented top and gently curved legs are shaped by sandwiching thin wood veneers under heat and pressure. The curved legs are eight-ply molded plywood with natural face veneers. Available veneers are cherry, walnut, natural cherry, ash, and ebony-stained ash.

    • Light Weight, Nice Size

      Light Weight, Nice Size

      The production methods used to produce the 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 nice size—34 inches in diameter, 15½ inches high.

    Eames Molded Plastic 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.

    General Dimensions

    • H:15.5"
    • W:34"
    Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table
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    37" x 37" x 6"
    Package Weight:
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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.


    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.