Charles and Ray Eames had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to bring greater pleasure to our lives. It’s been more than 70 years since the duo began experimenting with molded wood, using their “Kazam! Machine” to press thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. As the designers pushed the material as far as it could go, they continued to explore and discover, surrendering to the design process that ultimately led to the perfection of their signature molded plywood shaping technology. The CTW1 Rectangular Coffee Table (1946) is yet another embodiment of that technology, with gently curved legs available in a range of finishes. The elegant simplicity of this coffee table demonstrates the designers’ commitment to honest materials and techniques. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
Three-ply laminate top with walnut or white ash veneer edges and base or three-ply ebony, walnut or white ash veneer top with matching edges and base.
Design is for living. That maxim shaped a widespread shift in design during the 1940s and 1950s. It was a revolution of form, an exciting visual language that signaled a new age and a fresh start and two of its prime movers were Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses were a husband and wife team whose unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Sleek, sophisticated and simple. Beautifully functional.
Yet Charles and Ray Eames created more than a "look" with their bent plywood chairs or molded fiberglass seating. They had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to fulfill the practical needs of ordinary people and bring greater simplicity and pleasure to our lives. Read more >