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Finnish-American architect and furniture maker Eero Saarinen (1910–61) declared that he “wanted to clear up the slum of legs” crowded beneath tables. Enter his Pedestal collection, which Knoll launched in 1958. The collection included chairs, stools and tables of various sizes all balanced on a single supporting leg.


Saarinen got his start in furniture as a student at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, where his father, architect Eliel Saarinen, was director. Some of Eero’s earliest work was designing furniture for Kingswood, a Cranbrook school for girls that opened in 1931. The pieces included a table with four gathered legs in order to make room for both people and chairs’ legs. At Cranbrook Academy, Saarinen met Florence Knoll, who would become a lifelong friend and professional partner, especially when she was leading the Knoll furniture company. He also met fellow designer Charles Eames, and together they created the molded plywood Organic chair, which placed first in the 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As with Saarinen’s future practice, the Organic chair was emblematic of a design approach that was informed by a consideration of the human body as well as the possibilities of new machine processes.


Although America’s involvement in World War II disrupted plans to manufacture the Organic chair, Saarinen continued to explore organic shapes in industrial design. His interest in using seamless plastic forms was clear with his Pedestal series, but the technology was not advanced enough for their stability. Instead, the Pedestal table and its accompanying Tulip armchairs were comprised of cast-aluminum bases. Each table, stool and chair was crafted with a single, tapered cylindrical leg that descends to a base that flares into a circle, giving the illusion of being one piece. Like his Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the series’ pieces appear to float, and although austere in silhouette, they reflect intense attention to engineering.


The Pedestal table was released with several additional options, including marble and wood veneer for its round and oval tops for dining, side and coffee tables. Because of their modest footprint on a room and streamlined design, these tables can harmonize with nearly any interior style. The Pedestal table’s status as a modern classic has inspired numerous imitators, but Saarinen’s original — still manufactured by Knoll — maintains the grace and quality that distinguishes it from the rest.


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Vintage Eero Saarinen Tulip Dining Table in White
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Houston, TX
Knoll International 43" round white dining or breakfast table by Eero Saarinen, United States, 1970s. This design Classic is made with aluminum base and a laminate top. The base is a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Pair of Oval Walnut Tulip Side Tables Eero Saarinen Knoll Cabin Modern Sparse
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Washington, DC
Nice pair, a decent match, a few years apart, both produced in the 1960s-1970s, both retain labels.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Marble Tulip Round Cocktail Table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An early example of Eero Saarinen's Tulip table produced by Knoll in the early 1960s. This table features a cast iron weighted aluminum base with circular marble top. All original in...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Aluminum, Iron

Set of 2 Pedestal Side Tables by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Paris, FR
Set of 2 pedestal side tables by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Edition: 2015 Rosewood top and white cast iron pedestal base.
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Pedestals

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Metal

Knoll Dining Table, Round
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
Knoll dining table - 54" round by Eero Saarinen Table top: Marble Base: molded cast aluminum with white or black paint Knoll 4-6 seats.  
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Early 20th Century French Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Sleek Modern Black and White Knoll Round Tulip Dining Table
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Houston, TX
White toped Knoll tulip dining table with a sleek black aluminum base designed by Eero Saarinen. The table is in great condition and has a diameter of 54 inches.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen Oval Tulip Base Dining Table, White Laminate Top
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Kansas City, MO
Eight foot Saarinen for Knoll oval dining / conference table. White laminate top and white tulip base. This is the largest table from this line. This table was produced in the 2000s ...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen Tulip Side Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Highland, IN
A wonderful vintage example of Saarinen's Classic design, this tulip side table has a 20" wood top.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Coffee Table with Walnut Top
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This table as acquired from the original owner who had purchased new in 1971. It features a powder coated aluminum base with a walnut top. Manufacturer label.
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Round Tulip End or Side Tables by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A matching pair of tulip tables designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll in 1971. These feature gorgeous walnut tops and white tulip bases. Manufacture labels.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Aluminum

Pair of Saarinen Side Tables
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Washington, DC
Pair of side tables with Saarinen labels under their walnut tops.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Walnut

Eero Saarinen Tulip Side Table with Oak Top
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Highland, IN
Saarinen's iconic design for Knoll, the "tulip" side table is a Classic that looks beautiful in any interior. This wonderful vintage example from 1973 has an oak top.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen "Tulip" 36" Round Dining Table for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Eero Saarinen designed 36" inch diameter "Tulip" dining table made by Knoll with aluminum base and laminate top, circa 1956.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Metal

Eero Saarinen Tulip Side Table with Marble Top
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Highland, IN
This rare early Saarinen Tulip side table by Knoll has an elliptical top of stunning stone which has a color and pattern that reminds us of a lunar landscape. This exceptional exampl...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Eero Saarinen "Tulip" Side Table for Knoll, Pair
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Pair of Eero Saarinen designed 20" inch diameter "Tulip" side tables made by Knoll with aluminum base and laminate top, Circa 1956.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen "Tulip" Dining Table for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Eero Saarinen 42" inch diameter "Tulip" dining table for Knoll with aluminum base and laminate top, Circa 1956.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen Round Marble Coffee Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Washington, DC
Carrara marble top with reverse bevelled edge is beautiful, with only one minor ding which is barely noticeable.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic dining table is in perfect condition. It is the 42" diameter model which seats four. White Carrara marble is in perfection condition. The table was manufactured in Europe...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Carrara Marble, Aluminum