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saarinen white tulip arm chair

by Eero Saarinen, from Knoll

saarinen white tulip arm chair

Design Eero Saarinen, 1956
Aluminum base, fiberglass, 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 chair 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 armchair features a cast aluminum base with a rilsan coated finish. Shell is molded fiberglass with a reinforced plastic bonded finish. Upholstered foam cushion is removable, with zippered cover and velcro fastening. Base and shell finishes are available in white or black. Upholstery available with a seat cushion only or with a fully upholstered inner shell.

26" w | 23.25" d | 32" h | seat: 18" h | arm: 25.4" h | 18lbs.

$2,502.00 + free shipping
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)
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Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen was famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project. Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and later Architecture at Yale. He founded his office in 1950 and his first success was the Tulip Chair produced by Knoll.
Knoll has remained true to the Bauhaus design philosophy that modern furniture should complement architectural space and not compete with it. At Knoll modern design has been a passion that has resulted in ground breaking modern furniture.

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