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Tulip Armless Chair
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Tulip Armless Chair

About the Design

With his iconic Tulip collection, architect and designer Eero Saarinen (1910–61) vowed to “clear up the slum of legs,” as he described the visual clutter resulting from traditional furniture frames in a 1956 TIME magazine cover story. Central to this endeavor is the Pedestal table, whose round top on a slender, graceful pedestal would become a near ubiquitous — and oft-imitated — form. The Tulip armchair and the Tulip armless chair continue this streamlining in Saarinen’s modern, space-age aesthetic.


With its simplified silhouette and fiberglass body, the armless chair is at once elegant and industrial, a feat that Saarinen continually mastered in works ranging from furniture to architecture (think the St. Louis Arch and the TWA Terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, which has reopened as a hotel). The designer originally tried to cast the entire seat in fiberglass, pushing the envelope of modern furniture production, but, to ensure stability, he eventually settled on a cast-aluminum base and fiberglass seat. In 1957, the chair was put into production through Knoll — Saarinen knew pioneering American designer Florence Knoll from his days at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he taught and took on design projects for the school. It has remained one of the legendary firm’s most popular seats ever since.


Given its sculptural shape, the Tulip armless chair can be paired with a Saarinen table for a wholly modern dining set — as it appears throughout the TWA Hotel — or hold its own as a side or accent chair, a popular touch by top residential designers today. The Velcro-attached seat cushion is available in over a dozen upholstery options, though the thoroughly space-age cherry red is undoubtedly the most famous.

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Eight Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Group White Swivel Dining Chairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Ferndale, MI
Set of eight Saarinen for Knoll tulip base dining chairs. All have swivel base. A few nicks and chips but overall very nice condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Early Tulip Pedestal Dining Set by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Munster, NRW
This dining set, consisting of a round dining table and 6 side chairs, dates back to the 1970s and is in very good vintage condition. The white color of the plastic seat shells di...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Aluminum

Eero Saarinen Set of Six Tulip Armless Swivel Chairs, Leather Seats, Knoll 1970s
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Vienna, AT
Fantastic vintage Eero Saarinen set of six tulip armless swivel chairs with grey leather seats, Knoll, 1970s. Signed underneath the Sabrina leather, Knoll. Current retail price per c...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Dining or Desk Chair
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Perhaps the most Classic iconic chair design from American midcentury modernism. In good vintage condition with normal age related wear. Swivel smoothly. Cushion and seat both signed...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Eero Saarinen et Edition Knoll Set of 6 Swiveling Tulip Chairs, 1956
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) et Edition Knoll Set of 6 swiveling tulip chairs 6 chaises modèle tulipe Brightness and repainted on feet On request re-upholstery is possible in any ki...
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Vintage 1970s European Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Important Early Tilt Swivel Tulip Desk Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Important early Knoll tilt swivel tulip top task chair, Eero Saarinen. I believe this chair was only in production for one year. Produced in very limited quantity. Stylized cast stee...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel