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1950s Oval Walnut Tulip Side Table Madison Avenue Eero Saarinen Knoll Elliptical

$1,500

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Early 1950s 'Madison Avenue' production Knoll side table. Nice active walnut grain. Please note: There are two (set) screws in base, right at underside of wooden tabletop, not sure what that is, looks factory, possibly a Knoll repair, and nevertheless it does not affect any function. Tabletop is not loose.

Details

  • Creator
    Eero Saarinen (Designer)
  • Design
    Saarinen Pedestal TableSaarinen Pedestal Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.25 in. (51.44 cm)Width: 27.75 in. (70.49 cm)Depth: 15.5 in. (39.37 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1952
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. There are two (set) screws in base, right at underside of wooden tabletop, not sure what that is, looks factory, possibly a knoll repair, nevertheless it does not effect any function. Chips to Base.
  • Seller Location
    Washington, DC
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU985714274121

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    Ships From: Hyattsville, MD
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Pedestal Table

Designed by Eero Saarinen
Finnish-American architect and furniture maker Eero Saarinen (1910–61) declared that he “wanted to clear up the slum of legs” crowded beneath tables. Enter his Pedestal collection, which Knoll launched in 1958. The collection included chairs, stools and tables of various sizes all balanced on a single supporting leg. Saarinen got his start in furniture as a student at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, where his father, architect Eliel Saarinen, was director. Some of Eero’s earliest work was designing furniture for Kingswood, a Cranbrook school for girls that opened in 1931. The pieces included a table with four gathered legs in order to make room for both people and chairs’ legs. At Cranbrook Academy, Saarinen met Florence Knoll, who would become a lifelong friend and professional partner, especially when she was leading the Knoll furniture company. He also met fellow designer Charles Eames, and together they created the molded plywood Organic chair, which placed first in the 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As with Saarinen’s future practice, the Organic chair was emblematic of a design approach that was informed by a consideration of the human body as well as the possibilities of new machine processes. Although America’s involvement in World War II disrupted plans to manufacture the Organic chair, Saarinen continued to explore organic shapes in industrial design. His interest in using seamless plastic forms was clear with his Pedestal series, but the technology was not advanced enough for their stability. Instead, the Pedestal table and its accompanying Tulip armchairs were comprised of cast-aluminum bases. Each table, stool and chair was crafted with a single, tapered cylindrical leg that descends to a base that flares into a circle, giving the illusion of being one piece. Like his Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the series’ pieces appear to float, and although austere in silhouette, they reflect intense attention to engineering. The Pedestal table was released with several additional options, including marble and wood veneer for its round and oval tops for dining, side and coffee tables. Because of their modest footprint on a room and streamlined design, these tables can harmonize with nearly any interior style. The Pedestal table’s status as a modern classic has inspired numerous imitators, but Saarinen’s original — still manufactured by Knoll — maintains the grace and quality that distinguishes it from the rest.
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