Eero Saarinen Tulip Stool for Knoll

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A classic and early tulip stool designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.

Newly reupholstered in deep aqua vinyl on an enameled cast iron base. (Knoll label lost during reupholstering).
 

Details

  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Materials and Techniques
    Enameled   Metal
    Upholstery
  • Condition
    Fair. Please note scratches and aging to the enamel finish on the base and examine photos carefully..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
    Dimensions
    22 in. H
    56 cm H
  • Diameter
    14.5
  • Seat Height
    22 in. (56 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Portland, OR
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU79068613963

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2004

Typical response time: 1 hour

Located in Portland, OR

Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

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