Eames Desk Unit by Herman Miller
designed by Charles and Ray Eames
At A Glance:
This is a smaller version of the popular Eames Desk. This compact model has a smaller footprint perfect for the home office. In addition to the smaller size, this version does not have the file drawer that the larger version has. Instead, the low shelf is closed on the front and back and open on the side, so you can seat yourself on either side. Features level glides with a powder-coated black or zinc-coated frame.
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. Now give it a small size and configure it so that it doesn't matter which side you put the storage shelves on. This desk is perfect for apartments everywhere, and will fit into any space no matter how small.
What's Not to Like:
If you need extra storage space (or file storage) 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 Compact Desk.
The Bottom Line:
Desks 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 Compact Desk is at once playful, sturdy, functional, and beautiful - an heirloom piece from one of the most consistent manufacturers out there.
- Overall: 29.4" h x 44" w x 24.4" d
- Internal shelf height: 16.5"
- Offered in two color schemes: neutral or vibrant
- Birch veneer desktop
- Top and shelf edges have a clear finish; shelves have a black stain
- Feet have adjustable nylon glides
The Herman Miller Eames Compact Desk is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: EDU10.
Powder-coated black or zinc-coated steel frame, birch top, painted side panels, adjustable glides
Overall: 29.4" h x 44" w x 24.4" d
Shelf height: 16.5"
There are three versions of the Eames Desk, two of which are simply mirrored. You can have the standard desk with a left hand drawer or the standard desk with a right hand drawer - which you prefer depends of course on your handedness, your office layout, and the particular restrictions of your space and your own proclivities. But the main alternate version of the desk is the Eames Compact Desk.
The look and feel of the desk are very similar. The compact version is simply smaller. The square feet of the plane of the desk and the wide stance of the entire piece are shortened and constricted to allow the desk to fit better in smaller spaces (or perhaps in a home office or child's room). The drawer is also different, in that it's actually not a drawer, simple a kind of double shelf that has the same appearance as the standard Eames Desk from the front.