Eero Saarinen Black Marble Tulip Table by Knoll

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This large Saarinen tulip is striking for it's size and black on black colorway. The Classic design features an eight foot long nero marquina marble top which is supported by a black elliptical base. It is the perfect table to marry with almost any chair design.

The table presents well but does show signs of age and use in the form of scuffs and scratches to the clear coat (the marble is sealed) and what appears to be a stabile crack in the veining. If objectionable, a fresh coat on the top might mitigate the majority of the surface wear.


    Wear consistent with age and use
    28.25 in. H x 96 in. W x 54 in. D
    72 cm H x 244 cm W x 137 cm D
    Seller Location
    Highland, IN
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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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Located in Highland, IN

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