Our Charles Eames Wire Base Table is as elegant, simple and practical as the original. Charles Eames liked to mix influences and materials, and this is apparent in this lightweight coffee table. The Eiffel tower inspired wire legs are a unique and instantly recognizable attribute of an Charles Eames design. The minimalist plywood surface, which is available in black or white, captures the serenity of Japanese influences. It is this fusion of style that make the Wire Base Table as popular today as it was when it was first designed in 1950.
Designed in 1950 as a result of Charles Eames fascination with 'the fantastic things being made out of wire'. Charles Eames' experimentations with metal wire rods and mesh eventually led to the development of a mass-production technique for simultaneously welding wire rods. He then went on to develop one of the world's first compact tables, the Charles Eames Wire Base Table. Charles Eames is said to have used the tables to conduct traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for special guests including Isamu Noguchi and Charlie Chaplin. Among Eames' wire-based furniture you also find the DSR Chair and the DAR Chair.
Charles, 1907-1978 (United States) - Ray, 1912-1988 (United States)
Charles Eames was an American designer and innovator who pioneered new techniques, such as the fibreglass and plastic resin moulding and wire mesh frames. He usually worked alongside his wife, Ray, though he is often credited alone. In the 1940s, the designers began focusing on the new plastics and were excited by the properties the material held. They were able to mould the plastics into organic shapes that followed the shape of the body. This discovery led to a whole new look in furniture that perfectly captured the spirit of the times. The couple’s most iconic designs include the DAR chair, the DSR Dining Chair, the RAR Rocker, the DSW Dining Chair, the EA 108 Office Chair and the Wire Base Table. Many of these were first presented at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s Low-Cost Furniture Design Competition in the late 1940s.
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