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Set of Six Eero Saarinen Model 150 Tulip Armchairs by Knoll International

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This set of 6 very early armchairs are also designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll international. All chairs have a Knoll 320 Park Avenue tag adhered to the seat under the seat cushion. The tag was printed pre zip codes indicating and authenticating 1950s production. Since the chair was designed in 1955-1956 this is a very early set. The Knoll tags are also still attached to the original Naugahyde seat cushions. The set is in amazing unrestored original condition. Reference: Publication excerpt from the museum of modern art, MoMA highlights, New York: The museum of modern art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 220. Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia.

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    EnameledAluminum,LacqueredFiberglass,Naugahyde
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Very good vintage condition. In general we would like to point out that all vintage items on 1stdibs have minor imperfections such as little scratches. Mayor imperfections are always shown on pictures or mentioned.
  • Dimensions
    H 31.5 in. x W 25.2 in. x D 23.63 in.H 80 cm x W 64 cm x D 60 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Dronten, NL
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Reference Number
    LU931417490222
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About Knoll (Manufacturer)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.


     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.


     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

About the Seller

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Located in Dronten, NL
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