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About the Design

Finnish-American architect and furniture maker Eero Saarinen (1910–61) declared that he “wanted to clear up the slum of legs” crowded beneath tables. Enter his Pedestal collection, which Knoll launched in 1958. The collection included chairs, stools and tables of various sizes all balanced on a single supporting leg.


Saarinen got his start in furniture as a student at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, where his father, architect Eliel Saarinen, was director. Some of Eero’s earliest work was designing furniture for Kingswood, a Cranbrook school for girls that opened in 1931. The pieces included a table with four gathered legs in order to make room for both people and chairs’ legs. At Cranbrook Academy, Saarinen met Florence Knoll, who would become a lifelong friend and professional partner, especially when she was leading the Knoll furniture company. He also met fellow designer Charles Eames, and together they created the molded plywood Organic chair, which placed first in the 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As with Saarinen’s future practice, the Organic chair was emblematic of a design approach that was informed by a consideration of the human body as well as the possibilities of new machine processes.


Although America’s involvement in World War II disrupted plans to manufacture the Organic chair, Saarinen continued to explore organic shapes in industrial design. His interest in using seamless plastic forms was clear with his Pedestal series, but the technology was not advanced enough for their stability. Instead, the Pedestal table and its accompanying Tulip armchairs were comprised of cast-aluminum bases. Each table, stool and chair was crafted with a single, tapered cylindrical leg that descends to a base that flares into a circle, giving the illusion of being one piece. Like his Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the series’ pieces appear to float, and although austere in silhouette, they reflect intense attention to engineering.


The Pedestal table was released with several additional options, including marble and wood veneer for its round and oval tops for dining, side and coffee tables. Because of their modest footprint on a room and streamlined design, these tables can harmonize with nearly any interior style. The Pedestal table’s status as a modern classic has inspired numerous imitators, but Saarinen’s original — still manufactured by Knoll — maintains the grace and quality that distinguishes it from the rest.


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Eero Saarinen Tulip Dining Table, Marble Top, Knoll, Designed 1956
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A hugely iconic and famous Eero Saarinen design, the Tulip dining table with its characteristic sculptural single stem with this piece featuring a beautiful veined Italian Calacatta ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble, Steel

Eero Saarinen, Dining Table in Marble, by Knoll International Perfect
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Munster, NRW
We offer you here a virtually new tulip dining table by Eero Saarinen, with a perfect marble top! Measures: Diameter of 120cm. Produced by Knoll International. The complete set...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble

Tulip Oval Dining Table with Marble Top Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Lejre, DK
Tulip oval dining table with marble top designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957 for Knoll Furniture. The table is in great vintage condition.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Other Dining Room Tables

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Marble

Set of 4 Gorgeous Velvet Upholstered Eero Saarinen Chairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 4 gorgeous velvet upholstered Eero Saarinen chairs. Great around a round dining table. Supremely comfortable.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Saarinen for Knoll Satin Finish Round Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Saarinen for Knoll 42" round table in a satin finish. Marble is Arabescato and is in perfect condition! I believe table is almost new, bought for a Real Estate Staging, never really ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Saarinen 16" Side Table, Polished White Extra Marble Top & Black or White Base
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Side Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Saarinen 16" Pedestal Side Table, Satin Empire Beige Marble, Black or White Base
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Side Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Saarinen 47" Dining Table, Polished Emperador Dark Marble & Black or White Base
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Saarinen 47" Dining Table, Satin Emperador Dark Marble & Black or White Base
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Saarinen for Knoll Marble Oval Side Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Saarinen for Knoll oval marble top table. Marble has just been professionally polished and looks great! Classic little table that fits easily into any decor! This one is probably abo...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Marble

Saarinen for Knoll Oval Marble Side Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Saarinen for Knoll oval marble-top table. Top has been professionally polished and looks amazing! Base is all original in a cream finish. Touch of edge wear as seen in photo, overall...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble, Iron

Original Saarinen Knoll Studio Marble Tulip Dining Table and Bertoia Wire Chairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Highclere, Newbury
A classic mid century dining set comprising an original white marble Eero Saarinen round tulip dining table matched to 4 x white Harry Bertoia wire chairs with original seat pads. ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Marble, Aluminum, Steel

Saarinen for Knoll Marble Dining Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Saarinen for Knoll, beautiful marble top dining table. tabletop has just been professionally polished, so it looks like new. Very nice even veining throughout top. Base shows minimal...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Marble, Aluminum

Restored Early Weighted Insert Base Knoll Saarinen Tulip Oval Coffee Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Masterfully restored Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen pedestal coffee table for Knoll. Early vintage with Knoll stamped into the underside of the metal base. This coffee table has be...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Tulip Oval Coffee Table by Eero Saarinen Knoll International 1960s Marble top
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Tuscany, IT
Iconic oval Tulip coffee table by Eero Saarinen from Knoll International 1960s, Carrara marble top.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble, Iron

Oval Saarinen Tulip Pedestal Table in Quarter Sawn Teak for Knoll International
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Denver, CO
Highly desirable teak top oval Saarinen tulip table manufactured by Knoll International. This example is manufactured post Y2K with a "quarter sawn" teak veneer of exceptional grain ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Oval Top Tulip Dining Table Early Cast Iron Base
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Ferndale, MI
Earlier production Eero Saarinen Knoll cast iron base Tulip group dining table. White laminate top on lacquered base.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Iron

Knoll Saarinen Pedestal White Laminated Table
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Milano, IT
Tulip laminated white table from Pedestal collection designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in 1961 and since then produced by Knoll International. Knoll International started in 1951...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Laminate

Saarinen for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Oak Tulip Pedestal Side Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Classic tulip side table designed by Eero Saarinen and manufactured by Knoll. This table has a 20 inch diameter oak top, a white pedestal base, and was made in 1978. Knoll label unde...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Aluminum

Saarinen for Knoll Solid Walnut Top Dining Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Saarinen for Knoll with a 48" solid walnut top custom made! Previous owner's designer specified a solid top! Wood is outstanding! Newly refinished with some minor edge wear. Black ba...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Vintage Knoll Saarinen Dining Table with Yellow Leather Top
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed in 1957 for Knoll International, the Tulip base pedestal table was Finnish designer Eero Saarinen's solution to the "ugly, confusing, unrestful world" beneath tables and cha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen “Tulip” Side Table for Knoll, Midcentury
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in San Diego, CA
Eero Saarinen designed Tulip side table by Knoll with aluminum base and laminate top. Measures: 20” diameter and 21” tall. Side table in original condition, circa 1966. Iconic and Cl...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Round Tulip Dining Table and Set of Four Chairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Houston, TX
1950s-1960s Tulip dining table designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll. 42 inch diameter round white laminate top with beveled underside edge. Cast aluminum base is powder co...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

Materials

Aluminum

Eero Saarinen 54" Round White Tulip Dining Table by Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Portland, ME
Eero Saarinen Pedestal Table Manufactured by Knoll. A Classic, 54" White laminate top tulip tulip dining table. The piece is in very good original condition. No yellowing to base and...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Tulip Oval Marble Dinning Table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Stunning oval marble-top pedestal dining table designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll features a broad 78" x 48" oval top Carrara marble supported by a cast iron pedestal base. Signed u...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Carrara Marble

1960s Knoll Saarinen Round Tulip Table
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A vintage knoll Saarinen tulip table with a walnut top. It bears a vintage Knoll label that dates it to the 1960s as the address reads 320 Park Avenue. It is 54 inches in diameter an...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

1960s Eero Saarinen Oval Walnut Coffee Table for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Early 1960s Saarinen coffee table manufactured by Knoll. Beautiful walnut top with satin lacquered base in antique white.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Group Black Cast Iron Side Table with Stone Top
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Ferndale, MI
Early cast iron base Eero Saarinen table for Knoll. Base refinished in black. Table will ship with top removed.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Agate

Early Eero Saarinen for Knoll Cast Iron Tulip Table with Custom Travertine Top
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Ferndale, MI
Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip table. Early one-piece cast iron base evens center of gravity keeping the table well balanced. Top is open grained travertine.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Travertine, Iron

Saarinen Pedestal Table with Rouge Marble-Top by Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This classic and stylish Eero Saarinen tulip dining table with white base and a rouge (bacon colored) marble 42" diameter top dates to 1978 and was produced for Knoll Furniture.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Marble, Metal

Black Base Eero Saarinen Knoll Tulip Table with Custom Dark Stone Top
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Ferndale, MI
Black base Eero Saarinen designed Tulip table with custom dark stone top. Manufactured by Knoll.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Granite, Iron

Tulip Side Table by Eero Saarinen
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Iconic Eero Saarinen tulip side table in walnut for Knoll. This petite version of the large Saarinen Tulip dining table echoes the organic, drop of liquid form. Despite the size, thi...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Walnut

Midcentury Eero Saarinen White Plastic and Aluminium Tulip Round Table, Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Roma, IT
Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) original tulip table by Eero Saarinen Signed Knoll Studio. This iconic item was produced during 1970s. This round dining table is made of white laminated...
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Vintage 1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Aluminum

Pair of Oval Walnut Tulip Side Tables Eero Saarinen Knoll Cabin Modern Sparse
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Washington, DC
Nice pair, a decent match, a few years apart, both produced in the 1960s-1970s, both retain labels.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Walnut

Eero Saarinen Oval Tulip Base Dining Table, White Laminate Top
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Kansas City, MO
Oval dining / conference table with white laminate top and white lacquered aluminum tulip base designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. This is the largest table from this line. This ta...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Eero Saarinen Tulip Side Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Highland, IN
A wonderful vintage example of Saarinen's Classic design, this tulip side table has a 20" wood top.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Coffee Table with Walnut Top
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This table as acquired from the original owner who had purchased new in 1971. It features a powder coated aluminum base with a walnut top. Manufacturer label.
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Aluminum, Iron

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Custom Black Stone Top on Early Tulip Table Base Base
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Ferndale, MI
Early Knoll cast iron base with custom ordered black stone top. Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip group table.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Stone, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Round Tulip End or Side Tables by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A matching pair of tulip tables designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll in 1971. These feature gorgeous walnut tops and white tulip bases. Manufacture labels.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Eero Saarinen "Tulip" 36" Round Dining Table for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Eero Saarinen designed 36" inch diameter "Tulip" dining table made by Knoll with aluminum base and laminate top, circa 1956.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Metal

Eero Saarinen "Tulip" Side Table for Knoll, Pair
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Pair of Eero Saarinen designed 20" inch diameter "Tulip" side tables made by Knoll with aluminum base and laminate top, Circa 1956.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Eero Saarinen "Tulip" Dining Table for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Eero Saarinen 42" inch diameter "Tulip" dining table for Knoll with aluminum base and laminate top, Circa 1956.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Eero Saarinen Round Marble Coffee Table
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Washington, DC
Carrara marble top with reverse bevelled edge is beautiful, with only one minor ding which is barely noticeable.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic dining table is in perfect condition. It is the 42" diameter model which seats four. White Carrara marble is in perfection condition. The table was manufactured in Europe...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Carrara Marble, Aluminum

Early Cast Iron Base Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Side Table with Custom Granite Top
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Ferndale, MI
Early cast iron base Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip side table with custom granite top. Base has been refinished . Top freshly polished .
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Granite, Iron