Set of Tulip Dining Side Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, Signed For Sale
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Set of Tulip Dining Side Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, Signed

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This set of four (4) early production 'Tulip' dining side chairs by Knoll International are a great option for collectors and interior designers, this set is fully signed with original Knoll cushions and in extremely well-cared-for condition. Seat cushions signed with Knoll International labels and chair frames are labelled with date stamped Knoll International production labels, dated May 9th 1983. Designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Associates in 1957 was dubbed the 'Pedestal Collection' with the intent of cleaning up the "slum of legs" found under four legged tables and chairs. Working with hundreds of drawings in the preliminary phase, these designs advanced to full scale models shaped in clay, where Saarinen utilized his early training as a sculptor. After collaboration with Knoll's research and design teams, full scale models became furniture and the result was initially tested at the Saarinen house in Michigan. The tulip set is includes four chairs with molded fiberglass shell seats supported on a white painted aluminum stem and original red, yellow, green and orange seat pads. We have other Tulip chairs available if you are looking for a larger set. Contact us for more details on additional chairs and our current selection of round and oval laminate, wood and marble top Tulip dining and coffee tables. This epochal design would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as side chairs, cafe or breakfast table chairs, bedside chairs, fireside chairs, dressing or changing room chairs, hallway chairs, entryway or mudroom chairs, nursing or reading chairs, conference room chairs, office or desk chairs, guest chairs, lobby chairs, lounge chairs or occasional chairs ideal in virtually any setting. Condition: Very good collectors examples in excellent vintage condition and ready for immediate use. Minor, acceptable wear upon close inspection. These were very well cared for as they possess their original labelled Knoll cushions and the chair frames are also in excellent original condition. Measurements: Chair 32" H x 20" W x 22" D Seat height 19.5".

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  • Condition Details
    Very good collectors examples in excellent vintage condition and ready for immediate use. See description for more details.
  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 20 in. x D 22 in.H 81.28 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 55.88 cm
  • Seat Height
    19.5 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217188561
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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.

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