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Original Marble Tulip Dining Table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International


One of the most highly coveted vintage-designer items at present, this elegant marble top dining table designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll features a broad circular top of Carrara marble supported by a cast aluminium tulip base finished in white Rilsan. This example retains the original Knoll International plaque, found under the tabletop dating this example around the 1970s. Saarinen's tulip design is one of the most knocked-off designs of the era - we believe it is important to make sure you are purchasing an authentic original so our advice is to be wary of buying an unmarked piece. These labels also serve as a method to determine when the item was made - so a Knoll Associates or Knoll International label is of great importance - newer production Knoll items from Knoll Inc. and Knoll Studios lack the collectability and rarity of the earlier examples. In addition, the marble tabletop is original and not a newly fabricated replacement - as many other examples you will find are merely someone adding a new marble top to a vintage tulip base. These factors greatly affect the value, collectability and desirability of the piece. This particular example was produced by Knoll International de Mexico, S.A with the address of Hamburgo 97 Mexica, D.F. Be the envy of your friends and acquaintances by introducing this early production original of a Mid-Century Modern design Classic into your living room, dining room, kitchen, sunroom or as an office desk. This little beauty would also be great in a hospitality or corporate location, such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Can be used as a dining table, breakfast or cafe table, centre table or small conference / meeting room table. Consider pairing with something unexpected like our library chairs from Pierre Jeanneret (contact us for details on this set) or go with the Classic choice and contact us for our selection of tulip dining chairs. We always carry a full selection of original and early production tulip side chairs, armchairs, fully upholstered and seat pad options. Also great options to pair are Knoll Brno chairs, Milo Baughman dining chairs, and MR side chairs from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Measurements: 28" height x 36" diameter Very good original condition. Base shows very subtle signs of slight yellowing. As expected, minor signs of use commensurate with age are evident. Base can be restored to look like new upon request, however we left it in original condition as this is generally preferred by collectors and many in the design community.


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  • Condition
    Excellent. Very good original condition. Marble top is in excellent condition for its age. Base shows very subtle signs of slight yellowing. As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 28 in. x Dm 36 in.

    H 71.12 cm x Dm 91.44 cm

  • Diameter
    36 in. (91.44 cm)
  • Seller location
    Culver City, CA
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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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