Looking for a looooog dining table to accommodate lots of family and friends!? Or maybe you need a conference room table for your business office. This table is perfect! The iconic design of the segmented base was done in 1964 by the husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This table was created either late 20th century or early 21st century and has a very beautiful elliptical top which happens to also be very utilitarian as it is made of cherry-look laminate. Since this table is 120 inches long the segmented base comes with a center leg and the top is in two pieces. With Eames’ system approach to design, the table breaks down for easy shipping and moving yet seats 12-14 people! The elements of the base are solid cast aluminum legs with hollow steel spreaders that are held in place by cast aluminum connectors and the uprights are rolled steel tubes that connect both to the cast aluminum legs and the cast aluminum “spiders” that connect to the table top. One fantastic piece of furniture thanks to the genius that was Charles and Ray Eames.
Charles Eames was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1907. Ray Kaiser Eames was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. They met at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and were married in 1941. They moved together to California and continued their design work they began together at Cranbrook. A commission, which they acquired from the government during WWII to produce molded plywood splints and stretchers, launched a career producing iconic mid-century modern furnishings which are still fresh and sought after today. The Eames and their association with Herman Miller were the partnership of the century. If you want to learn more about Charles and Ray please visit Eames Office, the Eames Official website.
Herman Miller started life as Star furniture Co. in Zeeland, Michigan in 1905 a producer of high-quality furniture. Becoming Michigan Star Furniture Co in 1919, and then in 1923, when long time employee Dirk Jan De Pree and his father-in-law purchased 51% of the company stock, it was renamed Herman Miller Furniture Company. And remained so until the 1960s when it became Herman Miller, Inc. Until the 1930s they produced only traditional wood furniture, but the Great Depression caused a need for change and they hired modernist Gilbert Rohde who took the company in a new successful direction. Upon Rohde’s death in 1944 he was replaced by none other than the renowned George Nelson. Working with the likes of not only Charles and Ray Eames but Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, and Robert Propst, to name just a few, Nelson lead Herman Miller to became one of the finest names in furniture and design.
We are so in love with this table and its versatility. You must make it yours!!