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"La Fonda" Coffee Table

Designer:
Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri)
Designer:
Ray Eames (American, 1913–1988)
Manufacturer:
The Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, MI
Date:
1961
Medium:
Marble, steel, plastic, and rubber
Dimensions:
H. 18-1/4, Diam. 30 inches (46.4 x 76.2 cm.)
Classification:
Furniture-Wood
Credit Line:
Gift of Lucia Eames Demetrios, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.272
Not on view
This table was part of a group of furnishings designed by the Eameses for the La Fonda del Sol Restaurant, opened at Rockefeller Center in 1961. The interior of the restaurant was designed by Alexander Girard, who shared with Charles and Ray both a commitment to modern American design and a connection to the Herman Miller Furniture Company in Zeeland, Michigan, for whom Girard designed textiles and furniture. With its sleek steel pedestal base and polished marble top, the "La Fonda" table represents a more formal, luxurious iteration of the Eames' modern yet approachable aesthetic. Against Girard's exuberantly patterned and colored interior, the table retained the characteristic Eames emphasis on functionality, simplicity, and ease of use.
Charles and Ray Eames, Venice, Calif. (1961–his d. 1978); Ray Eames, Venice, Calif. (1978–d. 1988); their daughter, Lucia Eames Demetrios, Venice, Calif. (1988–90; her gift to MMA)

Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart. The Story of Eames Furniture., Book 2: The Herman Miller Age. Berlin, 2010, pp. 708, 712, ill. (color details).



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