Eero Saarinen 1910-1961
The Tulip Table & Tulip Chair - A Design History
Not So Humble Beginnings
Designing For Knoll
One of those famous designs Saarinen produced for Knoll was the Tulip Table and Chair range which consisted of two chair variants, a side and arm, and countless tables for dining, coffee and occasional use. The decades have been kind to the Saarinen Tulip range largely because time has not dated it. In fact, the Tulip range has a remarkable knack of blending in with the countless fashion changes we have seen through the years, from the space age 60's, garish 70's, techno 90's and curvy 00's. The tables were always available in tops made with natural stone or in white fiberglass that was replaced (in the environmentally aware 1990's) by more modern plastics but otherwise the design has never needed to be altered.