Weekend Finds: Eames Aluminum Group Table

While in the throes of winter it’s difficult to get a good get. There aren’t many estate sales and the thrift stores are barren and, frankly, it’s hard to muster the desire to leave the house to go to either of them anyway. That’s why I like Craigslist: it’s easy to shop from the comfort of your own home. I haven’t been finding much on there either, but just before giving up all hope entirely I just happened to click on the “General For Sale” tab. It’s a catch-all category. A no man’s land for all the wretched cast-offs that even Craig himself dared not name a category for. Marine batteries, door knobs, DIY medical devices and this…

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A 48-inch dining table designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller. Though the sellers had posted it as an Eames table, their failure to place it in the oft viewed “furniture” category hid it from other buyers’ eyes for days until I found it. Although the listing said it had a wood top, it wasn’t easily visible in the photo and I assumed it to be laminate as so many of these are. Much to my surprise…

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Real wood veneer in flawless condition. Happy dance. I was a little baffled at the fact they knew it was an Eames table but didn’t slap a big Eames price on it. Never one to haggle against myself I asked no questions, but when I flipped the table over I found my answer.

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This table is a newer production (in fact it’s only about five years old) and bears an Eames Office authentication tag that Herman Miller now places on the tables. The sellers probably read this but never looked it up to see what it meant.

Original Herman Miller ad for the Eames Aluminum Group

Original Herman Miller ad for the Eames Aluminum Group

Charles and Ray Eames developed the aluminum group in 1958 as a commission for the J. Irwin Miller house designed by Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard. Herman Miller cites the round table as being introduced into the collection in 1964, though I think the contract base version (which this example is) may have been introduced earlier. All pieces have remained in continuous production by Herman Miller since their introduction.

So, this serves as a great reminder to occasionally look in those places you’d never expect to find anything. You might just find something iconic.

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