In a 1956 cover story in Time magazine, Eero Saarinen said that “the underside of typical tables and chairs makes a confusing, unrestful world,” and that he was designing a collection to "clear up the slum of legs in the U.S. home." Later that year, he completed his Pedestal Table (1956) with its cast aluminum base inspired by a drop of high-viscosity liquid. His now-iconic Pedestal Table is made with abrasion-resistant Rilsan® finish on the base and a tabletop made of solid marble, wood veneer or laminate. Each piece is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and Eero Saarinen's signature. These are authentic Pedestal Tables by Knoll. Base made in China; tabletop made in Italy or U.S.A., depending on material.
Cast aluminum base with Rilsan finish; bevel-edged top in marble, laminate or wood veneer. SOLID MARBLE: Arabescato (polished or satin finish), Calacatta, Nero Marquina, Verde Alpi (green with black and white veining), Extra White (pure white with very faint traces of grey). LAMINATE: MDF with bevel-edged laminate. WOOD VENEER: MDF with cathedral-grain pattern of wood veneer in oak, walnut, cherry, ebonized walnut (walnut veneer with nearly black stain), Pau Ferro rosewood.
“The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man’s life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence,” said Eero Saarinen in 1959. Saarinen’s architectural legacy communicates this sentiment of giddy potential and unfettered optimism in post-war America. Iconic projects like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport Terminal and the Kresge Auditorium on MIT’s campus express his groundbreaking brand of mid-century modernism.
Born in Finland to famed architect Eliel Saarinen and textile designer Loja Saarinen, Eero immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1923. Settling in Michigan, Eliel co-founded the Cranbrook Academy of Art and designed most of the buildings for the campus – now a National Historic Landmark – and the young Eero worked alongside his father as a student apprentice. It was at Cranbrook that Eero met Charles Eames, beginning their lifelong collaboration. Read more >