Social gatherings at the home of Charles and Ray Eames were legendary. This was especially true when a meal was served. In addition to planning the meal, Ray immensely enjoyed preparing the table – a round Eames Segmented Table – with the aim of bringing pleasure to each individual guest. The arrangement of tablecloths, tableware, cutlery, vases and decorative objects resembled a freshly painted picture, whose shapes and colours complemented the food that was served, creating what resembled a small piece of art.
The role of a table extends far beyond aesthetic considerations, as it is the communal and convivial heart of the home – a place where people can connect. The emphasis on 'connection', as a universal element in both design and everyday life, is a recurring theme in the Eameses' work – even as a structural principle in their products: in the segmented base of the Eames Tables, a so-called spreader connector holds the base elements together and is an essential component, guaranteeing the sophisticated modularity of the entire table range.
The Eames Segmented Table (Dining) is characterised by an interplay of dimensions, materials and colours, transforming the legendary classic into a comfortable, elegant dining table. With a round or boat-shaped table top in a choice of sizes, it allows spontaneous and informal seating arrangements in diverse dining settings.
Table top: 25 mm thick, solid wood with oiled finish, natural oak, smoked oak or American walnut; or HPL (high-pressure laminate) surface with black edges.
Base: components for segmented base include legs, spreader connectors, spreaders, columns and spiders. Legs polished or chrome-plated with column in basic dark (RAL 9004), all chrome or all powder-coated (textured finish) in deep black (RAL 9005).
Origin of wood: oak (Quercus robur) from Western Europe and/or Poland; American walnut (Juglans nigra) from the USA.
The design story of the Eames Tables harks back to the 1940s, when Charles and Ray Eames developed the first versions of what later became the table base. These early designs, which already reflect the designer couple’s characteristic method of thinking in systems, were suited for a variety of chairs and tables. The bases used today for the Eames Tables were created in the 1960s in conjunction with the development of the Soft Pad Chairs.
The Eames Tables are distinguished by their rational…
Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.