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Architectural Digest Features Saarinen Collection in ‘25 Designs That Shape Our World’

Pedestal Collection among innovative designs to endure

Architectural Digest recapped the top twenty-five most iconic designs, from furniture to technology to architecture, that shape today's contemporary landscape. Of the traits that constitute these designs, writer Elizabeth Stamp asserts, “Some designs are smart. Some designs are beautiful. Some designs are ingrained in our lives. It’s the rare design that combines all three qualities.” According to Stamp, Eero Saarinen’s Pedestal Collection exemplifies this rare combination of features.

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“One of the most recognizable furniture designs of the 20th century is Eero Saarinen’s pedestal or ‘tulip’ table,” writes Stamp. “The simple, elegant design still resonates today.” Originally introduced by Knoll in 1961, Saarinen sought to “clear up the slum of legs” underneath tables and chairs with the Pedestal Collection. The simple and elegant design, revolutionary at its introduction, stands the test of time.

Other ubiquitous and iconic designs featured in the article include the iPhone by Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple; Helvetica by Swiss designers Miedinger and Edouard Hoffman; and the High Line designed in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Piet Oudolf.