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E2 desk - known as the Eiermann desk

Desk, work table, drawing table, dining table ... Whatever should happen on top, an E2 table frame (known as Eiermann table) always convinces at the bottom. The light and stable construction made of tubular steel can be selected variably in dimension and colour. And the desired table top is simply laid on.

You already know what you want? Then put together your individual E2 desk here or choose the right one for you from the ready-made variants that can be delivered quickly.

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The right colour for your E2 desk

Steel, if it is not stainless steel, needs corrosion protection on the surface. The E2 table frame receives this protection either by powder coating or by chrome plating. The powder coating can be black, silver grey, white or colourless to match the reduced design of the E2 desk.

The colour selection of the melamine resin table tops for E2 desks is also matched to this. They are available in white, the most frequently chosen colour, grey or black. For those who prefer a more colourful look, there are numerous colours to choose from for the linoleum table tops.

The E2 desk is made of these materials

E2 table frames are made of steel. Steel is the material that is difficult to describe in terms of bulk density, but in combination with its load-bearing capacity can be used so sparingly that lightweight constructions can be created. Steel was one of Egon Eiermann's favourite materials. And in the construction of the E2 table frame, steel shows how efficient it is: with minimal use of materials, an extremely stable and load-bearing construction is created that is so light that it can be carried away by anyone.

Linoleum or melamine: Find the right tabletop for your E2 desk

With our tabletop range you have the choice between two different surface types for your E2 desk: a melamine resin surface or a linoleum surface.

Robust, neutral, durable - the melamine board

Melamine resin is the much more economical variant and convinces as a durable and resistant table top. The melamine resin surface can be smooth or pearled. The core of our melamine resin table tops is certified pollutant-free chipboard.

Versatile linoleum

Linoleum-coated table tops flatter the user with their warm, pleasant feel and the noble impression of the natural material. They are the most noble top for your E2 desk. At the core, we offer three different tabletop constructions. One variant consists of a glued fir wood slab. Its construction requires a lipping on the edges, which can be made of real wood or plastic (ABS). The second version does not require a lipping: It consists of a multiplex board made of birch wood. The edge makes the layered structure of the board visible. An MDF board (Valchromat) can be chosen as the third variant, also without a liner. Its edge shows the homogeneous MDF wood material in grey or anthracite.

Your E2 desk for any room size

Conference, office or break room: Large E2 desks for large rooms

A generous use of space does not have to be synonymous with waste. Larger areas can be multifunctional and therefore economical. Instead of having several areas for different functions, you can set up a larger area for different uses and save space in the end. Thus the conference room in the morning becomes a break area at noon and a workshop room in the evening. Due to their simple and lightweight construction and conversion, E2 desks are ideal for such flexibly designed rooms: whether large-format and individually positioned or grouped into practical table islands.

The largest E2 table frame measures 135 cm x 78 cm (length x width). In this dimension it also carries table tops in conference table format. We offer a maximum format of 120 x 240 cm for the table tops, which is three and a half times the size of the smallest recommended table top. We generally supply both melamine and linoleum table tops in even larger sizes. For the maximum dimension of the E2 table frame, however, we do not recommend such formats any more because the table top overhangs are disproportionately large.

The matching E2 desk for small rooms

Whether home office, student workplace in a shared room or the additional workplace for the external employee: often there is no room for the furnishing of a spacious workplace and an area is created somewhere by optimising the furnishing. This probably does not measure 10 m² as recommended as a benchmark for a workplace. But there is also a suitable E2 desk for such cramped conditions.

The smallest E2 desk is the children's table, but there is also a smallest variant of the "large" E2 tables. The frame measures only 100 cm x 60 cm (length x width) and therefore at least theoretically carries a tabletop with at least exactly these dimensions. Larger is always possible and an overhang of the tabletop over the frame should always be possible, otherwise the tabletop will slip too easily. We recommend at least 5 cm on each side. This would make the smallest recommended tabletop 70 cm x 110 cm.

The E2 children's table - not only for children

Are children "little adults"? To what extent do children need a world adapted to them? Or should children learn to adapt to the world of the grown-ups, because they themselves are constantly growing bigger and grown up at some point? What is suitable for children? What promotes development?

Big questions that you can deal with and argue about. But you can also simply buy an E2 children's table. It adapts to the size of the child in the working height and has a fixed table top which prevents it from slipping. Otherwise it is a table like the adults use it: Four legs and a top on top. Beautiful, simple and usable for a long time. Ultimately, the E2 children's table grows up to the adult level and is therefore a fully-fledged E2 desk from small to large.

And if the size of the table top (120 cm x 68 cm) is sufficient for the child to grow up, there is no reason to part with the piece of jewellery just because the move from the parent's apartment is imminent. Because even then the E2 children's table is still very practical, handy and space-saving and simply beautiful to look at. And the E2 desk has certainly become a beloved companion.

Too reduced? Here are the E2 accessories

Table top supporter

Absolutely recommended for heavy table loads or very thin table tops.

Modulor desk drawer

What's the mess on your desk? Quickly stow everything underneath! Even the laptop has room.

Cable duct for table frame E2

No more tangled cables on the legs despite power supply units, monitor and LAN connection in place.

Castors for E2 table frame

Today here - tomorrow there, straight ahead still in the way - and already it is gone: The mobile E2 table frame including brakes.

History of the E2 table

Where does the design of the E2 desk come from and who thought it up? What is an Eiermann desk? And why are there different suppliers today? Here we answer all the questions about the history of the E2 table. This includes the development of the design, the producer of the frames as well as the trademark rights to the term Eiermann. We also tell you how and when Modulor got involved with the E2 table.

Have fun reading!

Part 2: The development of the E2 table frame

Adam Wieland was once head of the metal workshop at the Faculty of Architecture at the TH Karlsruhe. Since Egon Eiermann loved steel construction and taught at the TH Karlsruhe, Adam Wieland and Egon Eiermann had a lot to do with each other. Among other things, Adam Wieland welded together several studio tables for Egon Eiermann and his students. The construction always resembled the Eiermann desks available on the market today: A supporting structure was assembled from thin steel tubes, the main characteristic of which was a stiffening, sloping cross. Egon Eiermann had already used this construction principle frequently, for example for altars in the Gedächtniskirche in Berlin and the Matthäuskirche in Pforzheim. Part of this construction, however, was always the way the steel tubes were connected: they were firmly welded together.

When Klaus Brunner, an assistant of Egon Eiermann, wanted to move from Karlsruhe to Freiburg in 1965, he asked Adam Wieland to dismantle the somewhat bulky frame, which was unsuitable for transport, so that it could be packed together to save space. Adam Wieland came up with the idea of reconnecting the stiffening cross with the side parts in a detachable way. This resulted in a screwed frame with a vertically standing cross, which we still know today and which we carry in our range at Modulor: The E2 frame - known as the Eiermann desk. A few days after the "birth" of the E2 frame, Egon Eiermann examined the design and was thrilled. After further orders for this dismountable frame immediately arrived from Adam Wieland's direct environment, he began production of the E2 frame, which established itself as the standard desk for architects and designers over the course of the following years. Adam Wieland never registered and protected the design, however, and never referred to the table itself as the Eiermann table frame. Nevertheless, this designation became established in architectural circles.

Even today, Adam Wieland GmbH still has a frame as designed by Egon Eiermann: welded and with an oblique cross. We have a lot of evidence that even Richard Lampert was not aware for a long time that the original Eiermann table was a welded frame. And to this day, such a welded table can only be bought as a custom-made product, because only screwed frames are produced in series. We had now found a new partner in Adam Wieland - and became the target of legal attacks on the other side.