These Limited-Edition Tables Are Made from Trees Harvested at the Eames House
The Eames House, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, is one of the most celebrated and recognizable structures of the 20th century. Located in Los Angeles, most people know it for its striking geometric exterior and stunning midcentury modern interior. Another feature of the property is the many eucalyptus trees that sit on the lot. Rather than cutting the trees down, Charles and Ray chose to build around them.
In 2018, as part of ongoing conservation efforts, the Eames Foundation harvested several of the trees. And, in partnership with Herman Miller and Vitra, the foundation decided to do something with the wood: Make tables. The result is the Eames Eucalyptus LTR Table, a beautiful piece that combines the design sensibilities of Charles and Ray Eames with sustainable practices they would have appreciated.
“A small wonder with a big statement to make, this Eames Low Table Rod Base, originally designed in 1950, uses the same wire technique as the original, with a surface crafted from the eucalyptus trees in the copse surrounding the Eames House,” the description of the table reads on HermanMiller.com.
The table measures 10” high, 15.5” wide, and 13.25” deep—the same dimensions as the classic Eames Wire Base Low Table, which at $235 is one of the most affordable Eames pieces on the market. The Eucalyptus LTR table has a slightly higher price tag. But as Curbed reports, proceeds from the limited run—fewer than 600 tables were made—will go to the Eames Foundation’s conservation project.
Curbed also notes that according to Lucia Dewey Atwood, granddaughter of the Eameses and director of the conservation project, about a dozen more eucalyptus trees on the property will need to be harvested in the next few years. So, if you don’t get one this time around, there’s always a chance the tables will be back again.