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Herman Miller Eames Desk, Left-Hand Drawer
Item #: EDU21
 

Herman Miller Eames Desk, Left-Hand Drawer


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Herman Miller Eames Left-Hand Desk
designed by Charles and Ray Eames


Herman Miller Eames Desk At A Glance:
Introduced in 1952, the Eames Desk Units helped establish an exciting new residential furniture look. It's also at home in the contemporary office. The desk complements Eames Storage Units, or it can stand alone.

Right-Hand Drawer and Compact versions also available.

What's To Like:
Imagine a desk that's functional and attractive, with modern stylization and sensible features. Imagine a desk with vibrant, eye-catching color that blends well with most any environment. A desk that works equally well as a work station, a piece of art, and a focal point of any room. Obviously, what you'll come up with is the Herman Miller Eames Desk.

What's Not to Like:
If you need extra storage space and you don't want to buy an Eames Storage Unit or some other office storage to go with it - or if you don't have room for another piece of furniture, this desk isn't a good choice. But if you don't need extra storage space, you've found what you're looking for with the Eames Desk.

The Bottom Line:
Herman Miller Eames DeskDesks and storage units have always presented a design challenge. For serious designers, who expect to make beautiful things as well as useful things, creating something as traditional and explicitly utilitarian as a desk or storage unit can seem like a chore. But Herman Miller's Eames Desk is at once playful, sturdy, functional, and beautiful - an heirloom piece from some of the most heralded designers in history.

Details:

  • Fit the need. Desks can have the drawer on the left or right side.
  • Fit the decor. Each configuration is offered in two color schemes: neutral or vibrant. More information on the color schemes is available in the FAQ section below.
  • Birch veneer. Tops and file fronts have a clear finish; shelves have a black stain.
  • Strong and durable. Uprights, cross-supports, and perforated panels are zinc-coated steel; drawer fronts and shelves are smooth plywood; side panels are painted hardboard.
  • Easy on floors. Feet have nylon glides.


Want more information? You can read our independently conducted review of the Eames Desk and Storage Units.

The Herman Miller Eames Desk is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: EDU20, EDU21.

MATERIALS & MEASUREMENTS

Eames Right-Hand Desk DimensionsMaterials:
Zinc-coated steel frame, birch top, painted side panels, birch-front file drawer, and adjustable glides.

Dimensions:
Overall: 29" h x 60" w x 28" d
Drawer: 16.25" h x 16" w x 28" d

ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER

Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.


DESIGNER

Charles and Ray EamesCharles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the molded plywood chair, the aluminum chair group, and the Eames Storage Units. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.

Charles and Ray Eames were a husband and wife design partnership. Their work spanned a great a turbulent period in American history, from the 40s to the 80s. The furniture they created, the films they shot, and the designs they made popular are just as exciting and meaningful today as they were the moment they were first introduced to the public. Their work is classic but functional, modern but timeless, playful but seriously developed, and generally legendary. If you were to choose the best two designers of the latter half of the 20th century, you would almost certainly choose this amazing duo. What luck that they decided to work together!

Charles and Ray met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, a prestigious design institution in Michigan. Their courtship and marriage neatly coincided with their collaboration as artists and designers on groundbreaking products, using groundbreaking and novel techniques and methods. Among their finest creations you would have to rank the Eames Lounge Chair, the Plywood Lounge Chair (or the LCW), the Eames Desk, the Eames Storage Unit, their own personal home, and the fabulous Eames Aluminum Group (all of these happen to be available at Smart Furniture). Any one artist would be lucky to have created just a single piece as iconic and lasting as all of those.

The Office of Charles and Ray Eames still functions today, and almost all of the wonderful furniture, toys and photographs and films they made can be seen, used, and played with today.


DESIGN STORY

The Eames Desk is first and foremost a work desk. It was designed to be functional and helpful at all times, not merely as a piece of sculpture or modernist art. And indeed, the desk has stood for decades as much more than a simple piece of art, with sales all over the world continuing unabated since it was debuted in 1952. The flat plane of the desk top is large and squared, traditional in nearly every respect. In part, that’s because in the world of Charles and Ray Eames, one never saw the top of the desk; it was too stacked with work, plans, ideas, grandchildren, and books. The drawer on the side of the desk (you can order either a left handed or right handed drawer - the benefits of mass production at work) is large and non-compartmentalized. It can hold anything from models to papers to toys or computer parts. The openness of the drawer shuns the contemporary obsession with perfect compartments that often limit space and usability. There is also space above the drawer for more storage (between the top of the drawer and the bottom of the desk), but it's unstructured as well. If you wish, nothing but air can fill the space between the two. The utility of the desk is simple, classic, and sound.

Of course, that isn't to take anything away from the beauty of the desk, which is ample. The Eameses were some of the first American designers to focus on mass production, specifically, making the mass production of fine furniture easier on companies and easier on the pocketbook of the general public. The Eames Desk is a sterling example of this kind of machine-produced design aesthetic. It's a series of parts, all of them separate (different colors, different materials, different purposes, etc.) but all working together to form a harmonious whole. The brightly colored panels of the desk (which can also be ordered in neutral tones) work as playful counterpoints to the more traditional beechwood accents and metallic support systems that go into the desk. There is a series of wires that criss-between the metallic legs of the desk at irregular angles. The effect is symmetrical when viewed head on, and very pleasing to the eye; it gives the impression that the desk is being held together, as if it may burst from the energy of the panels, materials, color and work. The angles draw the attention of the viewer, but they are a design thrill in keeping with the aesthetic whole rather than a distraction or misstep.

The look of the desk is cheery but professional, robust and energetic. It wears the influence of Japanese architecture and modernism proudly and winningly. The Eameses were great champions of a sense of play; they liked playing with forms in ways that resembled tinker-toys, jigsaw puzzles, and blocks. While very sophisticated, the designs they came up with often captured a joyful attitude (for instance, the way they designed the windows and walls of their personal home was very similar to the way the panels and lines of the Eames Desk are utilized) toward work, play, and living. The desk is an obvious addition to their canon of energetic, bright, and original design ideas. But it is also a very functional work space.

Elements of Function
The desk, defined in very general terms, includes a flat plane workspace and a large attached drawer. It also features extra, open storage space on top of the drawer, between it and the top of the desk. The features are simple but effective, and when combined with the overall design aesthetic, produce the feeling of a re-invented or re-imagined classic.

This is a modern desk only in it's sense of aesthetic design. In form and function, it is classic, marrying a kind of linear austerity to an essentialist philosophy. There is one work surface, one drawer, one extra storage space, one place for a chair. It's singular, but useful, and beguiling in it's simplicity and elegance.

The desk will fit comfortably in most office spaces, including home office space. It's 5 feet wide and 28 inches deep, and it rises 29 inches above the floor. The desk on the left or right hand side (according to your personal preference) rises 16 and 1/4 inches above the floor. In all, while it isn't a "compact" desk, neither is it an expansive one. It's impressive nature comes from it's design and it's aesthetic, as well as it's history, not from a brute impression of size.

There are few desks on the market as efficient and basically functional as the Eames Desk. And there are certainly almost none with the heady mixture of joy, beauty, and utility that this desk brings to the table. Smart Furniture is proud to offer the Eames Desk to our customers, as well as the complimentary Eames Storage Unit.

because in the world of Charles and Ray Eames, one never saw the top of the desk; it was too stacked with work, plans, ideas, grandchildren, and books. The drawer on the side of the desk (you can order either a left handed or right handed drawer - the benefits of mass production at work) is large and non-compartmentalized. It can hold anything from models to papers to toys or computer parts. The openness of the drawer shuns the contemporary obsession with perfect compartments that often limit space and usability. There is also space above the drawer for more storage (between the top of the drawer and the bottom of the desk), but it's unstructured as well. If you wish, nothing but air can fill the space between the two. The utility of the desk is simple, classic, and sound.

Of course, that isn't to take anything away from the beauty of the desk, which is ample. The Eameses were some of the first American designers to focus on mass production, specifically, making the mass production of fine furniture easier on companies and easier on the pocketbook of the general public. The Eames Desk is a sterling example of this kind of machine-produced design aesthetic. It's a series of parts, all of them separate (different colors, different materials, different purposes, etc.) but all working together to form a harmonious whole. The brightly colored panels of the desk (which can also be ordered in neutral tones) work as playful counterpoints to the more traditional beechwood accents and metallic support systems that go into the desk. There is a series of wires that criss-between the metallic legs of the desk at irregular angles. The effect is symmetrical when viewed head on, and very pleasing to the eye; it gives the impression that the desk is being held together, as if it may burst from the energy of the panels, materials, color and work. The angles draw the attention of the viewer, but they are a design thrill in keeping with the aesthetic whole rather than a distraction or misstep.

The look of the desk is cheery but professional, robust and energetic. It wears the influence of Japanese architecture and modernism proudly and winningly. The Eameses were great champions of a sense of play; they liked playing with forms in ways that resembled tinker-toys, jigsaw puzzles, and blocks. While very sophisticated, the designs they came up with often captured a joyful attitude (for instance, the way they designed the windows and walls of their personal home was very similar to the way the panels and lines of the Eames Desk are utilized) toward work, play, and living. The desk is an obvious addition to their canon of energetic, bright, and original design ideas. But it is also a very functional work space.


SHIPPING & DELIVERY

Standard Shipping Service:

Free Inside Delivery: $0.00
Inside delivery is a cost effective way to have large, heavy items delivered inside your home or office when you just do not want to be bothered by moving and lifting. When your order reaches the local station in your area, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery appointment (with a 4-5 hour window).  The shipper will then bring the desk into your residence and place it in the room of your choice.

Packaging

  • Type: Packing skid
  • Packaging dimensions: 70" x 36" x 31"
  • Packaged weight: 165 lbs.
  • Assembly required: None

Product Q&A


Q: What are the color schemes?
The Eames Desk is available in vibrant or neutral. Vibrant has red, white, and blue side panels, and neutral has black and white side panels. Both vibrant and neutral have a natural plywood desk surface and file cabinet drawer front.

Q: Where can I find the right-hand version of this desk?
A: Right-Hand Eames Desk

WARRANTY

The Eames Desk comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to customerservice@smartfurniture.com or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away