Eames and electrically-welded, cold-rolled steel Posted February 8, 2015 by Daniel Ostroff

Every Eames Aluminum Group chair and most Eames tables have a support column of cold-rolled, electrically­-welded steel tubing finished in black enamel.

What does this mean for you?

Well, it means that you get a design which at its most vulnerable spot is very unlikely to bend or buckle or otherwise deform under pressure.

The Eames Office and their authorized manufacturers care about ductility. They want you to have less of it, rather than more.

Cold rolling increases the strength and hardness and decreases the ductility of steel by rolling it at ambient temperature. Cold-rolled steel has an improved surface finish and, with the enamel coating Charles and Ray Eames specified, it’s also unlikely to rust.

Each column starts out as flat steel that is rolled and then electrically welded into a seamless tube.

Check out this support column from an Eames table made by Herman Miller in 1976. It not only looks good after 38 years, but also seems right at home in a flower shop. We tried it with a few different flowers, which you can see in the image gallery below.

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Here is the table itself, along with the details on its underside.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Eames Office!