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Pair of 1970’s Walnut Knoll Saarinen Tulip Tables

$4,600per set

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Beautiful pair of 1970’s Eero Saarinen tulip tables by Knoll. 745 Fifth Avenue label to one indicates 1970’s production. Nicely grained tops that have been refinished. The bases have tiny drill marks near the top as one has been affixed to the walnut top on the underside. The base have been re-powder coated. 16 inches in diameter and slightly over 20 inches tall. The tops are good and have been redone, the bases have been redone, but have a few scuffs and marks. Only one label. One table top is affixed, and does not unscrew. One table is slightly out of round, likely occurring during refinishing. The only way I noticed is because I measured. I only mention it for full disclosure.

Details

  • Creator
    Knoll (Manufacturer),Eero Saarinen (Designer)
  • Design
    Saarinen Pedestal TableSaarinen Pedestal Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.25 in. (51.44 cm)Diameter: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. The tops are good and have been redone, the bases have been redone, but have a few scuffs and marks. Only one label. One table is slightly out of round, likely occurring during refinishing. The only way I noticed is because I measured.
  • Seller Location
    Palm Springs, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU835028058052

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    Ships From: Palm Springs, CA
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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 armchairs, 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 — with support from Ray Eames — 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 and armless chairs comprised 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 design’s status as a mid-century modern classic has inspired numerous imitators, but Saarinen’s original Pedestal table — still manufactured by Knoll — maintains the grace and quality that distinguishes it from the rest.
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