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    Upholstery Available Online (in colors shown above)

     

    Additional options available. Call 800 343-5665 to order
    • Cushions in a wide range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck leathers®
    • Base with black or platinum paint
    • Fixed base (base sold online is swivel)
    Construction and Details
    • Seat is molded fiberglass
    • Base is heavy molded cast aluminum with white paint
    • Swivel base
    Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
    • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
    Knoll Home Design Shop 212 343-4190 | hours: M-F 11-7, Sat 10-6

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    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.

    Born to world famous architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his teens. After studying sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale, Saarinen returned in 1934 to Michigan to teach at Cranbrook, work on furniture designs, and practice architecture with his father.

    It was at Cranbrook that Saarinen met Charles Eames. The two young men, both committed to the exploration of potential new materials and processes, quickly became great friends, pushing each other creatively while collaborating on several projects, most notably their groundbreaking and grand prize winning collection of molded plywood chairs for the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition.

    Saarinen also met Florence Knoll (né Schust) at Cranbrook, who at that time was a promising young protégé of Eliel Saarinen. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, it was an obvious choice for her to invite Eero to design for the company.

    Over the next 15 years Saarinen designed many of the most recognizable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip chairs and tables, the Womb chair, and the 70 series seating collection. In addition to his achievements in furniture, Eero Saarinen was a leader of the second-generation modernists. Among his outstanding projects are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport, and the CBS headquarters in New York.