In a 1956 cover story in Time magazine, Eero Saarinen said 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 and Tulip™ Chair Collection (1956) and obliterated the "slum" by creating a cast aluminum base inspired by a drop of high-viscosity liquid. Stamped with the KnollStudio logo and Eero Saarinen’s signature. Made in Italy.
Molded fiberglass; cast aluminum base available in a black or white glossy bonded finish, or platinum clear satin finish.
Upholstery options: éclat weave (designed by weaver and printmaker Anni Albers in 1974), vinyl, Spinneybeck(r) Volo leather or Edelman Leather Royal Hide.
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Molded fiberglass; cast aluminum base with black or white Rilsan®-coated finish or platinum polyurethane enamel wet coat with clear satin finish. Vinyl: 100% vinyl. Volo Leather: Spinneybeck® Volo, full-grain, semi-aniline leather.
Although Eero Saarinen made his reputation in the United States following World War II, he had his roots in Europe. Until 1923, he lived in Finland with his mother, textile artist Loja Saarinen, and his father, the renowned architect and town planner, Eliel Saarinen. For Eero, architecture was a discipline like the fine arts, and in particular, sculpture. He called himself a "form giver" and everything he designed had a strong sculptural quality.
Saarinen began his career as a student at Yale University and after travels and studies in Europe returned to the U.S. and taught for a brief period at Cranbrook Academy. Cranbrook had been founded in 1927 by publisher George C. Booth and Eliel Saarinen, the latter of whom became Director in 1932. Two of its graduates were Charles Eames and Florence Knoll Bassett (then Schust). Read more >