Eero Saarinen, Tulip Stool for Knoll, 1970s For Sale
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Eero Saarinen, Tulip Stool for Knoll, 1970s


This iconic swivel stool, designed by Eero Saarinen, was first introduced by Knoll in 1958 as part of its Pedestal collection. It has become a modern design Classic. This rare example, with its original white wool Knoll fabric, is in very fine vintage condition. It would be a superb addition to a Mid-Century Modern furniture collection.  


  • Condition Details
    minor surface wear to base, wool upholstery in exceptionally good condition and professionally cleaned, original manufacturer's label dated 1978
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 17 in. x Dm 14.5 in.H 43.18 cm x Dm 36.83 cm
  • Diameter
    14.5 in. (36.83 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Winnetka, IL
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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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