Expansive Surface 89 inches long. Lots of room to spread out or display a variety of items. Multilayered top. The tabletop is seven layers of Baltic birch plywood sandwiched between black or white high-pressure laminate. Edge detail. The edge is beveled on a 20-degree angle to reveal the plies. Classic Base Wire rod design. A signature Eames look. Coordinates with tops. Rods are zinc plated or powder coated black or white. Design Story Charles and Ray Eames considered many shapes for this large table introduced in 1951, but their final choice was elliptical. It reminds some of a surfboard. That's fitting, given that the Eameses enjoyed commanding views of the Pacific Ocean from their California home and studio. Charles and Ray Eames spent many years experimenting with wire rods, work that yielded a number of breakthrough products in the 1950s--including the wire-rod base for this table, Eames wire-base tables, Eames wire chairs, and other products.