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Knoll Tulip Oval Side Table by Eero Saarinen, circa 1979

$1,850

About

This tulip side table was first introduced by designer Eero Saarinen in 1956. Saarinen sought the essential idea and reduced it to the most effective structural solution within an overall unity of design. The Saarinen oval side table features Saarinen's tulip-base Silhouette with a single stem base taking the place of traditional legs. The table base is constructed from molded, cast aluminum polished and coated in a tough, abrasion-resistant Rilsan finish, and a wood veneered medium density fiberboard top with beveled edge. A Knoll International label appears on the underside of the top, dated 1979 with model number 161M. The table is in very good overall condition, with minor edge losses and imperfections. An additional oval glass top has been added for protection.

Details

  • Creator
    Knoll (Manufacturer),Eero Saarinen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.75 in. (52.71 cm)Width: 22.5 in. (57.15 cm)Depth: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1979
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. very good overall condition, with some minor edge losses and surface scratches on the base, some minor base rust, as well as a few surface imperfections on the veneer top. The additional glass oval top measures 24.5 in x 17.38 inches. Call with ?.
  • Seller Location
    Milford, NH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 56391stDibs: LU93399524171

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    Ships From: Milford, NH
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About Eero Saarinen (Designer)

Through his work as an architect and designer, Eero Saarinen was a prime mover in the introduction of modernism into the American mainstream. Particularly affecting were the organic, curvilinear forms seen in Saarinen’s furniture and his best-known structures: the gull-winged TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy airport in New York (opened 1962), Dulles International Airport in Virginia (1962) and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965).


Saarinen had a peerless modernist pedigree. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was an eminent Finnish architect who in 1932 became the first head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit. The school became synonymous with progressive design and decorative arts in the United States, and while studying there the younger Saarinen met and befriended several luminaries of mid-century modernism, among them Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames.


At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Schust Knoll, who, as director of her husband Hans Knoll's eponymous furniture company, would put Saarinen’s best designs into production. These include the Grasshopper chair, designed in 1946 and so named because its angled bentwood frame resembles the insect; the Tulip chair (1956), a flower-shaped fiberglass shell mounted on a cast-aluminum pedestal; and the lushly contoured Womb lounge chair and ottoman (1948). In his furniture as in his architecture, the keynotes of Eero Saarinen’s designs are simplicity, strength and grace.

About the Seller
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