Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table

In the mid-1940s, Molded Plywood Coffee Table applied the same breakthrough technology they developed for their famous molded plywood chairs to create this lightweight, organic shaped coffee table. Its slender top has a slightly rebated edge and its curved legs compliment the graceful molded lines of the molded chairs. Three strong, lightweight inner layers of hardwood ply are pressed between natural face veneers.

In 1945, George Nelson, the Herman Miller design director, saw the molded plywood coffee table and other ground-breaking Eames molded plywood pieces at a showing at the Barclay Hotel in New York. Nelson was so impressed that he told company president D.J. De Pree that the Herman Miller Group had to hire the Eames. De Pree was eventually persuaded and went to see the Eames molded plywood pieces when they were shown at the Museum of Modern Art. After that viewing, Nelson was asked to contact the Eames, and soon afterward, Charles and Ray were designing for the Herman Miller Group. The Molded Plywood Table went into production in 1946.