Released to the market in 1947, the abbreviated name stood simply for the Incidental (I) Table (T) and was essentially a miniaturized version of the drop leg DTM dining table. The Eames IT tables were the first side tables produced by the Eames Office for the general furniture market. This series of dining (DTM) and side tables (IT) also affectionately coined the name Eames 'Drop Leg' Table due to their ingenious design whereby the legs could fold in sequence inside the underside of the top for easy stowing.
The Eames 'Drop Leg' tables were available in two models, with a natural veneer top in Birch or Walnut (IT-1) or with a plastic coated white Micarta finish (IT-10). Whereas the larger DTM dining tables were available in two shapes of top, the IT side table had only a rectangular version available.
The Eames IT tables were really quite small in size and generally measured only as high as the seat of a chair. It would not however be the smallest table the Eames Office produced with both the Children's Nested Table and LTR both being smaller.
The series was first produced by Kerkmann Manufacturing, from within the Eames Office building in Venice, Los Angeles. Following a period of limited success, Herman Miller bought out the company in 1950 and merged the tables into their already growing portfolio of Eames designs.
Whereas the DTM dining tables were sold until 1964, the Eames IT side table was discontinued in 1957 with dwindling sales and the advent of new ranges the most likely reason as to why.
|Top||5 Layer Plywood Construction|
|Finish||Walnut or Birch Veneer, White Micarta Plastic|
|Base||Chrome Plated Steel or black powder coated|
The Eames IT tables originally had push on black feet tips made of plastic in order to protect the floor whereas the original DTM dining tables had fixed feet. The nature of these feet meant that over the years they simply broke or fell off, leaving the majority of IT tables see today without any.
The corner of the IT side table showing the edging of the plywood layers as well as a Natural Birch top finish