Herman Miller and Vitra are the only manufacturers of original Eames furniture worldwide. Since 1956, the two independent companies have shared one interest: they want to maintain the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard. The cooperation for the limited series of the "Occasional Table LTR" was thus only a logical conclusion.
The Eames House, which was built in 1949 on the Pacific coast of California, is surrounded by a group of eucalyptus trees. Two of these trees had to be felled by the Eames Foundation last year in the context of the nature conservation plan for the property. In order to lend these trees a purpose commensurate with their origin, Herman Miller and Vitra, in cooperation with the Eames Foundation, processed the wood into 600 solid wood plates for a limited edition of the "Occasional Table LTR", which was designed in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames.
The designers would certainly have agreed to the idea of processing the trees from their garden into an exclusive collection, because the protection of these trees is a fixed element of the Eames House.
"Occasional Table LTR" and eucalyptus wood
The pedestal of the table can be traced back to Charles' fascination with "fantastic things made of wire", as he called them – a passion that inspired the couple to experiment with metal and mesh wire. To this end, the two of them developed a technique with which wire rod and wire mesh could be welded simultaneously.
This resulted in items of furniture that have become true modern classics, such as the "Eames Wire Chair" or the "Eames Shell Chair", with a pedestal of steel wire. The "Occasional Table LTR" joins a collection of furniture that convinces precisely with this mix of materials: the tabletop of wood and a chromed or black, powder-coated pedestal of wire.
The table is also used in a variety of ways in the Eames House – as an occasional table next to the bed or the armchair and the couch in the living room. The special collection was launched in Europe by Vitra. The Swiss company is responsible for the production and sale of furniture by Charles and Ray Eames in Europe. With Herman Miller, the furniture company has a partner that markets the design classics in North America and the rest of the world.
Both brands have donated a selection of tables to the Eames Foundation, which will be auctioned to support their efforts on behalf of nature conservation.