Classic Modernist Pair Tulip Armchairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll For Sale
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Classic Modernist Pair Tulip Armchairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll

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Mid-Century Modern dining chairs designed by Eero Saarinen. Chairs feature the original upholstered seats (minor blemishes) on a white enameled cast iron pedestal base.Also retain original early Knoll labels,, Manufactured by Knoll & Associates in the USA, circa 1960.

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  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 26 in. x D 21.25 in.H 81.28 cm x W 66.04 cm x D 53.98 cm
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Buffalo, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1062416908381
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About Eero Saarinen (Designer)

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 (1958), 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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