Roan Barrion is EQ3’s January Blogger of the Month! Roan has worked as a vintage design dealer for the past 12 years. He runs an online gallery called Modern Love, which started out specializing in the work of Charles and Ray Eames, and later evolved into an international collection of premium 20th Century design and decorative art. Roan also curates an ever-growing collection of inspirational images for his widely read Tumblr blog ModernLove20.tumblr.com.
Today Roan’s showing us how he worked the Eames® Wire Base Low Table into the design of his living room.
“The Eames® Wire Base Low Table has been a staple in our home for over 10 years now. Thanks to the wire base and beveled plywood top, the table is both physically and visually light. It is a hugely versatile piece of furniture: beside a low profile lounge chair it becomes an occasional table to rest my coffee and magazines; add a pillow and it becomes a small ottoman; placed side by side in multiples, it becomes a modular coffee table; pull it up to any existing coffee table and it becomes quick seating for a children’s play/drawing/coloring station.
Probably my favorite aspect of the Eames® Wire Base Table is its history. I think of the archived photos of a 1951 tea ceremony the Eames hosted with Noguchi and Charlie Chaplin, and how prominent a role the table played in that important event. I see the cross-brace in the wire base, and personally (probably as a result of having studied the Eames’ oeuvre for so long) I see a subtle reference to the exterior turnbuckle cross-bracing of Case Study House number 8, a.k.a. the Eames House. It really is a great piece, an enduring design that will always have a place in our home.”
- Roan, ModernLove20
Image source: All photographs credited to Roan Barrion