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Original Saarinen Knoll Studio Marble Tulip Dining Table and Bertoia Wire Chairs

$5,372.59per set

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A classic mid century dining set comprising an original white marble Eero Saarinen round tulip dining table matched to 4 x white Harry Bertoia wire chairs with original seat pads. This is a classic combination of complimentary designs that both have their root in designs pioneered by Knoll since the 1950s and were so popular they are still produced today. The great beauty in both Saarinen’s and Bertoia’s designs were that they used clean, simple lines that were ground breaking and innovative but have stood the test of item. You are therefore as likely to see this table and chairs in a midcentury inspired home just as you would a modern dining room. The Knoll marble table dates from early 1990s and has the original Knoll Studio chrome label with signature on the underside of the top support as shown. It was lovingly on display in an apartment that was rarely used which means it is in very good condition with hardly a mark on the top or base and no chips on the edge. The Bertoia wire chairs have been re-powder coated in the white at some point in their life - this is often the case as with the original powder/plastic coating Knoll added the flexibility of the chairs the be weatherproofed for outside use and in that scenario over the years they would age more. You can see from the label shown that the chairs date from 1971 and all have the original Cerise coloured vinyl seat, although only one retains the original label that often gets detached over the years. Overall the two designs create an eye catching centrepiece with the Cerise seat pads adding contrast to the white base and top of the table. The chairs, are also much more comfortable to sit in with the seat pads which makes a surprising difference to the overall usability of Bertoia’s design. Dimensions Table – H 72 x W 91 x D 91 cm Chairs - H 73 x W 54 x D 58 cm Seat height – 45cm.

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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 (1956), 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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