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Vitra Eames "Segmented Base" "Boat" Table in Brazilian Rosewood

$8,416.17

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On offer on this occasion is a sublime, immaculately-presented Eames "Segmented" or "Boat" Table in Brazilian rosewood with chrome and black frame, manufactured by the world-renown furniture doyens, Vitra. As you will no doubt be aware by your interest in this divine Eames creation, Vitra furniture is the epitome of contemporary European furniture design, is of peerless quality, and exhibits detailing and execution of the highest standard. In a world of temporary pleasures, Vitra creates beautiful furniture that remains a joy forever. This piece is in superb, impeccably-maintained condition, having seen light, irregular use in its previous home, and is entirely free from fault, flaw or damage. Its hugely handsome order reflects the TLC and considerate use afforded it in the past but, as you would think normal when considering the nature and colour of this particular wood and finish, it does possess a small number of barely-visible and largely-inconsequential marks and light, superficial scratches to the surface of the table-top as you might expect. For the avoidance of doubt, please view the numerous images provided to confirm the superb condition and appearance of this gem. The more eagle-eyed of you will notice there is some subtle-lightening to one end of the table top (which, as you will see from the images, is gentle and gradual, so does not attract the eye overly) so, whilst clearly not in truly-perfect condition (it is not far-off though), it remains a true classic of modern furniture design presented in as good-condition as i suspect you are likely to find. Whilst it could not be considered perfect due to the reasons stated above, it is certain to meet the requirements of all but the true perfectionist and, for someone looking for a piece of peerless design and execution to position at the heart of their home, it is truly heaven sent! Without question, this superb table possesses all the beauty and majesty you would expect from one of the finest contemporary seating manufacturers in the world. Dimensions-wise, the measurements of the table are H-72cm, W-240cm and D-110cm and, costing in excess of £8500 when new (and with Brazilian Rosewood no longer an available option), it represents spectacular value for money, and we have no doubt it will serve and delight its new owner for many years to come.

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About the Designer

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism. Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year. His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures. The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the LCW, or Lounge Chair Wood, and the DCM, or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel. The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their Wire chair group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their molded fiberglass chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful La Chaise. In 1956 the Eames lounge chair and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense. Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.
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