Architect Eero Saarinen, creator of the Tulip Chair and Table , studied sculpture at Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, before emigrating to the U.S. to study architecture. His artistic background provided him with a unique sensitivity to form in his buildings and furniture designs, striving for “consistency and relatedness of all parts.” In 1956, Saarinen set out to design a furniture collection that would “clear the slum of legs in the U.S. home.” With this goal, he was able to functionally achieve a simple one-legged structure while applying his own expressive sculptural sensibilities to the form. The now-timeless Pedestal Collection for Knoll included a chair, armchair, dining table, coffee table, side table and stool.
The Tulip Chair and Table have become design classics that have endured through the decades, and it is exciting me to see them used in a multitude of settings and styles to this day.
Miguel da Cunha via Nuevo Estilo
Laura Garcia via Lonny
Celerie Kemble & Anna Burke via Lonny