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Tulip Ashtray set by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, USA 1980

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1980-1999
Materials Lacquered Metal, Chrome-Plated Metal.
Dimensions
W. 12.99 in; H. 21.65 in; D. 12.99 in;
W. 33 cm; H. 55 cm; D. 33 cm;
Condition Good. Vintage.
Creation Date 1980
Description A unique ashtray designed by Eero Saarinen, model “Tulip”, manufactured by Knoll International in the United States around 1980.

The Tulip collection is a defining accomplishment of modern design. The base of the tray is made of beuatiful white lacquered metal in the iconic trumpet shape, holding a chrome plated metal ashtray. The materials compliment eachother very nicely and create an incredible appealing style. Every decor would be greatly complimented with this rare midcentury piece.

It remains in good vintage condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.

Born to world famous parents, architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. It was at Cranbrook that Saarinen met Charles Eames. The two young men, both committed to the exploration of potential new materials and processes, quickly became great friends, pushing each other creatively while collaborating on several projects. The most notable outcome of their partnership was the groundbreaking collection of molded plywood chairs for the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Their collection was awarded first prize in all categories, catapulting the young designers to the forefront of the American modern furniture movement.
Saarinen also met Florence Knoll (né Schust) at Cranbrook, who at that time was a promising young protégé of Eliel Saarinen and a friend of the family. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, it was an obvious choice for her to invite Eero to design for the company.
Over the next 15 years Saarinen designed many of the most recognizable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip chairs and tables, the Womb chair, and the 70 series seating collection. Eero, who was known for being obsessed with revision, took a sculptural approach to furniture design, building hundreds of models and full scale mock-ups to achieve the perfect curve, find the right line, and derive the most pleasing proportions. His designs, which employed modern materials in graceful, organic shapes, helped establish the reputation and identity of Knoll during its formative years.
(Resource: Knoll)
Styles / Movements Modern
Incollect Reference Number 300043
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