The Tulip table is a true classic by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen for American manufacturer Knoll. Saarinen’s constant pushing of form and material lead to the creation of some of the most important advances in both architecture and furniture design. Saarinen will perhaps be best remembered for his iconic airports in Washington and New York, notable for their neo-futuristic purity of form.
This table design is a true icon, still highly relevant and in demand today. Developed as an attempt to reduce the visual clutter Saarinen saw as being common place in most table designs. Part of the innovative pedestal series, Saarinen achieved his aim, reimagining the table in a highly refined aerodynamic form. An aluminum base sweeps up from the floor and vanishes into the underside of the table top, made from Arabescato marble. A thin polyester coating was applied over the top making it more durable, our table shows minimal signs of yellowing, given it’s age, but just the right amount of ivory to demarcate it as a 1950s or early 60s original, along with the original markings underside. It has a couple of nibbles to poly coating but otherwise good vintage condition.