23 Apr 2014 Last updated

Design Inspirations

Table manners

Each month a member of the InsideOut team chooses a favourite design from the past century. This month we’re feeling hospitable…

By Victoria Etherington
Added 00:00 | August 15, 2013
  • Table

    Chief sub-editor Victoria, loves the understated beauty of the Eames Wire Base Low Table.

    Source:Supplied picture

Charles Eames said, “The role of a designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” The neat practicality of the Eames Wire Base Low Table illustrates this concept beautifully. 

This 10-inch-high table is simple, stackable, versatile, light, looks good and isn’t pretending to be something it’s not. The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is hosting the exhibition Essential Eames, and I was lucky enough to be there the weekend it opened, when Ray and Charles’ grandson Eames Demetrios gave a guided tour. He spoke of the honesty in his grandparents’ work and I think this table fits that ethos. It was designed in 1950 and used during a tea ceremony the Eames hosted for Japanese American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi and Charlie Chaplin. The low tables were placed between guests, perfect for the occasion. But if such ceremonies aren’t your cup of tea, you can pile the tables high to work as an end table for a sofa, group a few together to form a larger coffee table, stack books on them, serve drinks on them… They’re simply beautiful and useful – and I want one. At least one. 

Essential Eames is running at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore until January 5, 2014.

Inside info

Inside info

The Eames Wire Base Low Table is available at Swiss Corporation in Dubai,, prices start from Dh950.

By Victoria Etherington

By Victoria Etherington