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Saarinen Outdoor Dining Table - 78" Oval

Eero Saarinen 1957

With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen resolved the "ugly, confusing, unrestful world" underneath tables and chairs. The collection is a defining accomplishment of modern design. All-weather hardware and materials ready the classic Saarinen table for a life outside—a modern focal point for any outdoor setting.


78" table seats 6-8 people.

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Construction and Details
  • Tabletop:
    • Vetro Bianco: Engineered, resin-free quartz surface; brilliant white surface is nonporous, stain-proof, and extremely durable, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor use; beveled edge
    • Slate: .75" thick; natural cleft slate surface; beveled edge
  • Top attaches to base with all stainless steel hardware
  • Base is heavy molded cast aluminum with abrasion resistant black or white Rilsan finish
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • Certified Clean Air GOLD

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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.

 

 

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