Saarinen's furniture for Knoll includes the famous and revolutionary collection of pedestal-based tables and chairs from 1957 and is considered one of the most iconic examples of post-war design. In his approach to architecture and furniture design, Eero Saarinen combines the essential with striking solutions. To complete the Knoll offer, an archival height has been reissued for the iconic table collection in the round version—66cm for two types of diameters: 91cm and 107cm—able to adapt to all contemporary living spaces with style and elegance.Share
Materials and finishes remain unchanged for the collection: the base is in white or black rilsan and the top is available in a wide variety of marble, white or black laminate, or various types of precious wood.
The base is an Original Saarinen design, is made in heavy moulded cast aluminium, protected with Rilsan, black or white. The top could be in marble, laminate, lacquer, veneer and in acrylic stone (outdoor version).
The base is available in black or white.
The top is available in marble, laminate, lacquer, veneer and in acrylic stone (outdoor version).
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.
The son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and his wife, textile artist Loja, Eero Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale before working on furniture design with Norman Bel Geddes and practising architecture with his father. He collaborated on several projects in furniture design with his friend, Cranbrook alumnus Charles Eames, and opened his own practice in Bloomfield Hills in 1950. Among the many buildings for which he is known are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was the recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions.