Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table


Designed by Charles and Ray Eames



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Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table

Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table

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Playfully dubbed the "surfboard table," the Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table is a mid-century classic and one of Charles and Ray Eames's most enduring designs. The table debuted in 1951 and its long, low profile has been gracing sitting rooms ever since.
Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table


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Packaging Dimensions:
92" x 33" x 12"
Package Weight:
55 lbs.
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Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.



For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.

Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning 
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.


Products using laminate may include tabletops, work surfaces, counter caps, transaction surfaces, flipper doors, and lateral files.

For normal cleaning, wash the laminate with a soft cloth and a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

For minor repair of burns or other stubborn marks, apply a nonabrasive liquid kitchen cleanser with a soft cloth soaked in warm water. Rub in the direction of the grain; use caution to avoid damaging the surface texture or gloss. If no grain direction is visible, rub with a light, circular motion.

Do not use powdered abrasives or other harsh cleansers like hypochlorite bleach, hydrogen peroxide, nitric or hydrochloric acids, or lye; they may deface the surface and change the finish color.

Height 10"
Width 89"
Depth 29.5"


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Is the "zinc plated wire base" described in the website of retailer owned by HM the same as the "trivalent chrome base" described in this website?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2015
Best Answer: The Zinc Plated wire base and the Trivalent Chrome wire base are two different base types. Currently, the Herman Miller Online Store does not offer the Zinc Plated base.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to the Herman Miller Online Store at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or by calling 888.798.0202.
Table Height

Any ideas for raising the table height to 14" to make it more practical for use? The 10" height is just too low for many uses.
A shopper on Aug 9, 2017
Best Answer: The Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table were originally designed to be at a height of 10 inches. At this time, there are no options available for a higher height table.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any additional questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Formaldehyde in laminate top?

Is there formaldehyde present in the glues used for the Elliptical Table, laminate top and are they made with non-VOC glues and coatings?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2014
Best Answer: There are trace amounts of Formaldehyde present in the glues used on the Eliptical Table. Herman Miller does comply with the strictest uses of Formaldehyde and is compliant with California 93120. Here is a link to learn more about California 93120: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/consumer_faq.pdf

If you have any other product questions, please reach out to the Herman Miller Online store at 888.798.0202888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
What is the width at two ends of the table?
A shopper on May 1, 2017
Best Answer: The Eames Elliptical Table dimensions are the following:

Height: 10"

Center Depth: 29.5"

End Depth: ~3"

Width: 89"

Thickness: 7/8"

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Can this table (configured with the black base) be used outdoors in a dry (covered) area?
A shopper on May 21, 2015
Best Answer: Herman Miller has not tested/rated the Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table for outdoor use. We would typically recommend a �climate controlled� environment for the Classics (Collection) products.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.

Hi, I'm interested in purchasing Eames Elliptical Table in white.
However; there is 2 different kind of white and it seems like the color icon and the photos are not linked.
If I want the regular white (not cream), should I choose "white top" instead of "Studio white top"?

Thank you.

A shopper on Sep 23, 2012
Best Answer: We offer two options of white finishes for the Eames Elliptical Table. The "white" veneer and base are a slightly more creamy white color. The "studio white" is a stark white veneer and base, which is not a creamy color.

The veneer and base options are chosen separately so you have the ability to mix and match tops with bases.

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.