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saarinen tulip stool

by Eero Saarinen, from Knoll

saarinen tulip stool

Design Eero Saarinen, 1956
Aluminum base, upholstery
Made in USA by Knoll

In his purist approach to design, Finnish-born Eero Saarinen sought out the essential idea and reduced it to the most effective structural solution. He designed the 1956 Tulip collection in terms of its setting, rather than a particular shape. "In any design problem, one should seek the solution in terms of the next largest thing." he said. "If the problem is a chair, then its solution must be found in the way it relates to the room..." In Tulip, Saarinen realized his ideal of formal unity: "Every significant piece of furniture has a holistic structure." Winner of the 1969 Museum of Modern Art Award, the Tulip is Saarinen's genius solution to clearing up the "slum of legs" that populates the under-carriage of most dining sets.

The Saarinen tulip stools are cast aluminum with a swivel base. There is a Rilsan coated finish for the black and white stools. The signature of Eero Saarinen is located on the underside of the base.

15.5" dia. | 16.5" h

$1,326.00 + free shipping
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Eero Saarinen

Finnish-American Eero Saarinen was famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project. His father taught at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where Eero took classes and formed relationships with fellow students Charles & Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll. Saarinen studied sculpture at the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and later at the Yale School of Architecture. He joined the US Military, where he was assigned to draw illustrations for bomb disassembly manuals and to provide designs for the Situation Room in the White House. He founded his own office in 1950. His first success was the Tulip Chair produced by the Knoll company. He won the design competition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis aka the Gateway Arch.
Hans Knoll founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938 one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust who had worked for Gropius and Breuer and the two were married in 1946. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe including the Barcelona Chair. Knoll commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the Tulip chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi also collaborated with Knoll.

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