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E2 table - also known as Eiermann table

Simple design and yet unmistakable: the E2 table is characterised by the slender steel tubes and the stiffening cross struts. They make the table stable and enable an economical construction. A classic in furniture design.

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E2 table for children and teenagers

You are looking for an E2 table according to your measurements?

With the help of our configurator you can create your E2 table with your desired dimensions. Choose size, colour, surface and material as well as accessories and you will immediately be shown how your E2 table looks like and what it costs.

A timeless classic: the E2 table as a reliable desk

The most frequent use of the E2 table is certainly as a work table. From the beginning, its purpose was the studio, the drawing room, the workroom or the office. The fact that the table has stood the test of time despite modern working methods and tools shows how timeless the design of the E2 table is.

What the E2 table can (be) all about

E2 Work table

Equipped with a melamine top, an E2 table is an unpretentious and practical piece of furniture for your workplace. So you have a workshop table for drawing, writing, painting, model building and handicrafts.

E2 Esstisch

The E2 table also cuts a fine figure as a dining table. For dining tables you should definitely choose a table frame with a central strut cross, as most people want to sit at the dining table from all sides.

E2 Children's table

The E2 table grows with the child and always fits, regardless of age and height. The children's table is a loyal companion from school enrolment to university and is therefore the most flexible version of the E2 table.

E2 Conference table

Even large tables or groups of tables can be realised with E2 tables. For conference tables you should choose table frames with a central strut cross so that you can sit at them from all sides.

Material & colour of the E2 table

The top: solid melamine tabletop or colourful linoleum tabletop

What's on top of the E2 table should be based primarily on your requirements. If you need a sturdy tabletop on a worktable, a melamine tabletop is a good choice. If you want to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a linoleum-coated tabletop, choose from three different top structures: Multiplex board or medium density fibreboard with straight or optionally slanted edge, or chipped wood ("blockboard") with straight edge and edging.

The underside: a well thought-out steel table frame

The E2 table frame is available in different sizes. Depending on the size of the table top, choose the right table frame for you. You can also choose from different surfaces for the E2 table frame. There are lacquered versions in black, white and silver grey. You can also choose a clear lacquered frame if you prefer the raw colour of the steel. In addition to the lacquered versions, you can also get your E2 table frame shiny chrome-plated.

FAQ

First you should decide whether you want to sit at your E2 table from one side only or from both sides. If you place the E2 table against a wall, for example, you can only sit on it from one side. In this case, please choose a frame with offset cross struts. If you want to be able to sit at the E2 table from both sides, choose a frame with central cross struts and choose a larger tabletop with sufficient overhang above the frame so that you do not run the risk of hitting your shins on the cross struts. Then think about what kind of work you want to do on your table. If you not only want to draw and write on it, but also glue, cut and do handicrafts, a melamine tabletop is recommended rather than a linoleum tabletop. Then decide on the size of the table and the colour. Finally, decide if you need any accessories.

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Since dining tables are designed to be sat and eaten on all sides, you should definitely choose an E2 frame with central cross braces. If your E2 table is to be placed in a living environment, a linoleum tabletop is more suitable than a melamine tabletop. Linoleum is a warm material and available in many colours. Choose a tabletop that is large enough so that you can sit at it from all sides and your guests won't bump their legs on the frame. Select the table height depending on your chairs so that there is about 30 cm of space between the tabletop and the seat of the chair. Then you can cross your legs if necessary.

At a conference table, participants sit from all sides. Therefore, you should definitely choose an E2 frame with central cross braces. Select the table height depending on your chairs so that there is approx. 30 cm space between the tabletop and the seat of the chair. Then the participants can cross their legs if necessary. The tabletop should be large enough so that the participants have enough space underneath for their legs and do not run the risk of bumping their legs on the frame. But also make sure that the table top does not protrude too far beyond the frame. Too much protrusion can look disproportionate. If a conference table is needed for many participants, several tables can be placed next to each other.

The standard height of work tables is between 74 and 76 cm. This table height (top edge of table top) can be achieved with the E2 table frame without height adjusters: A frame with 72 cm high side sections and a top 2.5 cm thick give a total height of 74.5 cm. However, this height can also be achieved with the help of the lower frame with a height of 66 cm and additional height adjusters. So the question is whether you want a flexible table height for your E2 table or whether the table height should be unchangeable. The chair on which you want to sit at the table is also important for choosing the right table height. If the chair has armrests, for example, you should make sure that the armrests fit under the tabletop.

A standard does not fit everyone equally well. The standard table height given above (74 cm - 76 cm) is usually suitable for people between 1.70 m and 1.80 m. But firstly, everyone's proportions are different and secondly, the table height is also related to the seat height. The ISO 5670 standard provides information on seat and table heights. If you have a height-adjustable chair, you can usually use it to create a comfortable and ergonomically sensible sitting posture. However, if you want to sit on a non-adjustable chair at the E2 table frame, first measure the seat height and choose the table height so that you have 27 cm - 32 cm space between the lower edge of the table top and the seat. This way you can cross the legs under the table if necessary. You can change the height of the table either by selecting the side sections, which you can get from us with a height of 66 cm or 72 cm, or by using height adjusters, which are available from us as accessories.

In the E2 table frame, the cross braces connecting the side sections can be centrally located on the side sections or offset in the direction of the depth of the frame. We recommend a central cross only for tables that are to be used from both sides. Mostly, worktables are only used from one side. In these cases, the offset cross results in noticeably more legroom and is therefore the ideal choice. The drawings in the configurator for the "Cross braces" selection above the terms Central and Offset show schematised side views of the frame.

Make your E2 table even more functional

There are numerous accessories available for your E2 table. Maybe you would like to have a drawer and a cable channel under your table top or your E2 table should have wheels? Or do you want your tabletop to be firmly attached to the frame?
Here you will find the matching products.

History of the E2 table

Where did the design of the E2 table come from and who invented it? What is an Eiermann table after all? And why are there different suppliers today? Here we answer all questions about the history of the E2 table. You'll learn about the development of the design, the producer of the table frames and the trademark rights to the term Eiermann. We'll also tell you how and when Modulor got involved with the E2 table.
Have fun reading!

Part 1: Modulor and the E2 table frame

In the history of Modulor, the E2 table frame played no role for a long time. Furniture did not play a role in our assortment at all. We wanted to offer architects what they would use to create their designs, models and drawings, not what they would use to equip their offices.

But there's no question that Egon Eiermann's design for a table frame had already inspired us at an early stage. So simple, so clear, so low the material input and so stable and resilient. And that's why such a tubular steel frame hung decoratively under the ceiling in our showrooms for years. We were fans. However, at this point our customers did not perceive the E2 table frame as a purchasable item - the number of enquiries and the resulting sales remained manageable.

This changed the moment we brought it down to the sales floor. We quickly learned that we had customers in the store looking for exactly this table frame. And directly the sales figures increased. Nevertheless, we got worse purchase conditions from the manufacturer of the frames than we sold more. That was surprising, because we had already acquired so much experience in the trade: The more we bought from suppliers, the cheaper the prices normally became.

Well, we thought, maybe the furniture market is ticking differently. We didn't have much experience here yet. After we got even worse conditions despite further increasing sales figures, it was time to act: We visited the furniture fair in Cologne and met Richard Lampert, who also produced the table frames. However, the sales figures we presented were obviously so high that their credibility was doubted. Nevertheless, we received a signal of interest. Unfortunately, we never received an offer or any other feedback. We tried to get in touch again several times, but our efforts were unsuccessful. And so we looked for an alternative manufacturer and found him in the metal workshop Adam Wieland.