Released to the market in 1947, the Eames DTM table was the abbreviated name of the Dining (D) Table (T) on Metal (M) base. It comprised of a range of four variants; a larger rectangular table in natural veneer (DTM-1) or plastic coated Micarta (DTM-10) as well as a square 'card' table in the same choice of natural (DTM-2) or plastic (DTM-20) finish.
The post war era in the US created new design needs for furniture pieces, something the DTM met with an ingenious solution. New housing was being built and space was at a premium, furniture was required that could be stowed and semi permanent. The Eames DTM table's four legs could fold inside a hidden recess of the top itself and render it perfect for easy storage. When the legs were withdrawn to stand they would simply click into place with a built in clip on the leg. The Eames DTM table would also become known as the Eames 'drop leg' table or Eames 'drop' table because of it's brilliant functional design.
The tables came on the back of the successful release of the plywood furniture including the DCM chair, CTW table and FSW screen. The DTM's top would also utilize the plywood forms that created great strength and visually beautiful results but there was a snag. The Evans Molded Plywood Company was not in any position to invest into new designs and a third party investor/manufacturer would be drafted in, one Warren Kerkmann. A new company was formed whereby half of the profits of the tables would go to Kerkmann and half to the Eames Office.
Kerkmann Manufacturing would make the tables for two and a half years before their own precarious position would see them selling the range to Herman Miller. Miller continued to make the DTM until late 1964 when it was discontinued.
|Length||34" (Square) 54" (rectangular)||86.36 or 137.16 cm|
|Top||5 layer plywood veneer of Birch, Oak, Walnut or Ash|
|Coating||Optional plastic Micarta coating in white or grey|
|Base||Chrome plated steel|
|Feet||Fixed plastic, Domes of Silence, Boot Glides|
Once the legs and frame extend from inside the top's recess they clip together to provide complete stability (image courtesy of D Rose Modern)