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Set of Four Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Armless Dining Chairs

US$4,800Asking Priceper set


A vintage 1960s set of four Mid-Century Modern white Tulip dining chairs with black vinyl seats. The chairs have their original finish with beautiful patina. The Tulip chair is very comfortable and can also be used as an office chair. Eero Saarinen's design for Knoll is truly a timeless Classic that can be incorporated into any decor. In his words, "the undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs. I wanted to make the chair all one thing again." Thus, Saarinen designed each piece in the Tulip series of furniture with a single pedestal leg. Knoll labels are present.


  • Creator
    Eero Saarinen (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Design
    Tulip Armless ChairSaarinen Pedestal Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Width: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Depth: 21.25 in. (53.98 cm)Seat Height: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Cushions with new upholstery.
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1958323351512

About the Design

Tulip Armless Chair

Designed by Eero Saarinen
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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