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“Tulip” Dining set by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, USA 1980

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1980-1999
Materials Lacquered Metal, Marble, Fabric Upholstery.
W. 35.83 in; H. 28.74 in; D. 35.83 in;
W. 91 cm; H. 73 cm; D. 91 cm;
Condition Good. Vintage.
Creation Date 1980
Description A beautiful dining set designed by Eero Saarinen, model “Tulip”, manufactured by Knoll International in the United States around 1980.

With this smooth and straight forward design, Eero Saarinen aimed to resolve the “ugly, confusing, unrestful world” underneath tables and chairs. The collection is a defining accomplishment of modern design.

The set contains one table, three chairs and a stool all made of high quality white lacquered metal. The table has a round white marble top and the seats are all upholstered in beautiful red fabric. This eye-catching use of colours and materials gives this set a very nice, retro look. Each piece stands on a trumpet shaped base, being the iconic feature of this highly recognizable piece!

The sizes for the pieces are as follows:
Table: Diameter 91 x H. 73
Chairs: W. 49 x D. 55 x H. 79 (SH. 46) cm

The set 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 Mid Century, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 300046
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