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Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra Eames "surfboard" coffee table LOT 437 £1,100.00
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Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra

Eames "surfboard" coffee table


LOT 437


Released in 1951, ETR was the abbreviated name of the Elliptical (E) Table (T) on a Rod (R) base. It was the follow up and sister table to the LTR which had been released a year previous. Like the LTR, the Eames ETR table stood very low and had a very distinctive shape which helped coin the alternative name of the Eames 'Surfboard' table.

This one was manufactured in 2003 and has some signs of wear in the form of some dings around the edge of the table top. The photos included are close ups, the dents don’t look too bad when you look at the table as a whole.


  • Specification

    Seller name: Skye
    Seller location: Tunbridge Wells
    Colour: White
    Material: Laminate wood/chrome
    Dimensions (cm): H 26cm x W 75cm x D 226cm
    Condition:  Used - With Some Signs Of Wear
    Production Time: Available Now


  • The Design / Brand

    The Eames ETR table was part of the new wave of furniture started in the early 1950's that moved away from the look and feel of the all wood designs of the past, including the Eames own plywood chairs and tables. Still constructed of 5 layers of ply, the top was coated in a black Micarta and the base was constructed of two separate rectangular sections built from bent wire, resistance welded together.

    For a coffee table the Eames ETR was very long and it required a space big enough to be able to accommodate it. At only ten inches, the table was also built very low and the rod bases on which it stood were available in either zinc plate or black powder coated finish.

    The Eames 'surfboard' table would be sold until 1964 when it was discontinued but it was part of Herman Miller's relaunch of classic Eames pieces in 1994. Unlike other plywood tables such as the DTM or LTR, the ETR was never made available in natural veneer finishes, only the black laminate during the first period. The post 1994 re-release would see Herman Miller make the ETR available for the first time in a white laminated finish alongside the original black. Such is the popularity of the ETR that it still remains on the catalog today.

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