• Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Dining Table by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen

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Tulip Armless Chair

Eero Saarinen 1953-58

Eero Saarinen vowed to address the “ugly, confusing, unrestful world” he observed underneath chairs and tables -- the so-called "slum of legs." A five-year design investigation led him to the revolutionary Pedestal Collection, including the Tulip Chair, introduced in 1958.

Details

Construction and Details
  • Cushions available in a wide range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck leathers®
  • Seat shell is molded fiberglass
  • Base is heavy molded cast aluminum with white, black or platinum paint
  • Available with swivel base
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

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General Info

Planning Tools

Finishes

Seat pad available in a variety of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck Leathers.

See approval matrices in the downloads section for more detail.

  • color White
  • color Black
  • color Platinum

Dimensions

With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen vowed to eliminate the "slum of legs" found under chairs and tables with four legs. He worked first with hundreds of drawings, which were followed by ¼ scale models. Since the compelling idea was to design chairs that looked good in a room, the model furniture was set up in a scaled model room the size of a doll house.

Drawing on his early training as a sculptor, Saarinen refined his design through full scale models, endlessly modifying the shape with clay. “What interests me is when and where to use these structural plastic shapes. Probing even more deeply into different possibilities one finds many different shapes are equally logical—some ugly, some exciting, some earthbound, some soaring. The choices really become a sculptor’s choice.”

Saarinen was assisted by Don Petitt, of Knoll’s Design Development Group, who introduced several ingenious methods of model making. Together with a Knoll design research team, they worked out the problems arising in production. Full scale models became furniture and, with family and friends acting as “guinea pigs,” the furniture was tested in the dining room and living room of the Saarinen house in Bloomfield Hills.