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Eero Saarinen

Finnish, 1910-1961

Through his work as an architect and designer, Eero Saarinen was a prime mover in the introduction of modernism into the American mainstream. Particularly affecting were the organic, curvilinear forms seen in Saarinen’s furniture and his best-known structures: the gull-winged TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy airport in New York (opened 1962), Dulles International Airport in Virginia (1962) and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965).

Saarinen had a peerless modernist pedigree. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was an eminent Finnish architect who in 1932 became the first head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit. The school became synonymous with progressive design and decorative arts in the United States, and while studying there the younger Saarinen met and befriended several luminaries of mid-century modernism, among them Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames.

At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Schust Knoll, who, as director of her husband Hans Knoll's eponymous furniture company, would put Saarinen’s best designs into production. These include the Grasshopper chair, designed in 1946 and so named because its angled bentwood frame resembles the insect; the Tulip chair (1957), a flower-shaped fiberglass shell mounted on a cast-aluminum pedestal; and the lushly contoured Womb lounge chair and ottoman (1948). In his furniture as in his architecture, the keynotes of Eero Saarinen’s designs are simplicity, strength and grace.

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Saarinen Pedestal Table
Saarinen Pedestal Table
Executive Arm Chair
Executive Arm Chair
Womb Chair
Womb Chair
Executive Armless Chair
Executive Armless Chair
Womb Chair Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Milan, IT
Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll The piece is constructed of foam cushion over moulded plywood.  
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1940s American Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Plywood

  • Womb Chair Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
  • Womb Chair Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
  • Womb Chair Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
  • Womb Chair Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
H 16.54 in. W 20.48 in. D 24.81 in.
Modern Round Marble Top Table Eero Saarinen Pedestal Table
By Eero Saarinen
Located in North York, ON
Modern round marble top table Eero Saarinen Pedestal Table. Beautiful Italian marble in off-white cream with rustic beige veining. Completed with enameled cast metal pedestal in orig...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Eero Saarinen for Knoll International Dining Chair in Ocher Yellow Upholstery
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, dining chair model 72, wood, fabric, United States 1948. An organic shaped chair designed by Eero Saarinen. A fluid, sculptural form. This ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Fabric, Wood

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Fog Luxe Suede, Swivel Base, Set of 6
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Wilton, CT
We have been restoring Saarinen executive chairs for years in every fabric one can imagine, right in our very own workroom. We’ve restored these chairs using a soft yet durable Luxe ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen

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Metal

1960, Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, Set of Seven White Tulip Ashtrays
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Set of nine (update ; seven ) standing ashtrays. Beautiful elegant design. Some are in better state than the others concerning the foot, like some show scratches. One scale has a bi...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Metal, Aluminum

Knoll Arm Desk, Conference Chair Designed by Eero Saarinen
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Antwerp, BE
The Knoll international Saarinen conference armchair in license with the De Coene manufacturer Belgium is a design by Eero Saarinen.Featured in reupholstered white leather and black ...
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1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Metal

Set of 6 Knoll Studio No. 71 Executive/ Conference Armchairs by Eero Saarinen
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in CULEMBORG, GE
Following up on the collaboration with Charles Eames, with whom he won the Museum of Modern Art's 'Organic Design' competition in 1941, Eero Saarinen wanted to research further how t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Chrome

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Set of Ten ‘Conference’ Armchairs of UNESCO Paris
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of ‘Conference’ armchairs, fabric, chromed metal, France, Paris, designed in 1957 This large set of armchairs was commissioned by the UN...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Metal, Chrome

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Tulip Stool
Tulip Stool
Average Price
$1,219
Number Available
9
Tulip Stool
By Eero Saarinen
Materials
Aluminum, Metal, Fabric, Plastic
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Tulip Armless Chair
Tulip Armless Chair
Average Price
$6,046
Number Available
10
Tulip Armless Chair
By Eero Saarinen
Materials
Fiberglass, Plastic, Metal, Aluminum, Fabric
Styles
Mid Century Modern
With his iconic Pedestal collection, architect and designer Eero Saarinen (1910–61) vowed to “clear up the slum of legs,” as he described the visual clutter resulting from traditional furniture frames in a 1956 TIME magazine cover story. Central to this endeavor is the Pedestal table, whose round top on a slender, graceful pedestal would become a near ubiquitous — and oft-imitated — form. The Tulip armchair and the Tulip armless chair continue this streamlining in Saarinen’s modern, space-age...
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Tulip Arm Chair
Tulip Arm Chair
Average Price
$5,646
Number Available
8
Tulip Arm Chair
By Eero Saarinen
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Fabric, Aluminum, Fiberglass, Upholstery
Styles
Mid Century Modern
Eero Saarinen (1910–61) absolutely hated clutter. "The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world,” the Finnish-American architect and industrial designer once said. “I wanted to clear up the slum of legs.” With the original Tulip armchair, he did just that, streamlining the standard four-legged piece into a graceful shape atop a single pedestal.The 1957 design — which is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New Yor...
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Womb Ottoman
Womb Ottoman
Average Price
$1,000
Number Available
1
Womb Ottoman
By Eero Saarinen
Materials
Animal Skin, Sheepskin
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Eero Saarinen furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Eero Saarinen furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Eero Saarinen furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 269 vintage editions of these items, while there are 6 modern editions to choose from as well. In North America, many of the original furniture by Eero Saarinen was created in the mid-century modern style during the 20th century. Many customers also consider furniture by Mastercraft, Jens Risom and Florence Knoll if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Eero Saarinen furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $150 and tops at $138,761, while pieces like these can sell for $3,002 on average.

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