Eero Saarinen tulip table in vivid yellow by Knoll

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This rare tulip table is an iconic design by Eero Saarinen in a very uncommon color. Produced by Knoll in the 1990s especially for exhibition at a trade show, the vivid yellow color is a refreshing change from the common white. To our knowledge, this is the only example produced in this wild color.

We also have three side chairs and one arm chair in the same vivid color.
Details
Creator
Eero Saarinen (Designer)
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
1956/ 1990s
Period
20th Century
Materials and Techniques
Aluminum
Laminate
Wood
Condition
Good. Good original condition with wear to the top from age and use. .
Dimensions
28.25 in. H
72 cm H
Diameter
54
Dealer Location
Chicago, IL
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
U1202189091254

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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Pegboard Modern
1746 W 35th St.
Chicago IL 60609
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  • 20th Century Specialists
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