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The Tulip table by Eero Saarinen

Eero-SaarinenEero Saarinen is an American designer of Finnish origin. He has designed many successful pieces of furniture for Knoll and is one of the most prolific designers of the 20th century.

His various design and architectural projects are known for their uniqueness, accuracy and originality. He designed many bestsellers of the 1950s, including the Tulip chair and the Tulip table.

The Tulip collection for Knoll was created in the 1950s, in 1956. As a daring designer, Saarinen wanted to take on the challenge of designing furniture on a single leg. In his own words, he wanted to clear up the “jungle of legs” that was the traditional four-legged chair. A real technical feat for the time!

The legs of traditional tables and chairs made the space inelegant and uncomfortable

” Eero Saarinen
The futuristic style of the Tulip series, and in particular the table, quickly won over interior design enthusiasts. Even today, this piece is an essential part of 20th century design, as it perfectly combines elegance and modernity.

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There are many more or less successful copies of this iconic table. To recognize a genuine one from a fake, there are several technical characteristics.
The bevelled top is either oval or round:

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It can be made of laminate, wood or marble:

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It is fixed on a one-piece cast aluminium base, coated with “Rilsan”. Since 1956, the Tulip table by Eero Saarinen has been produced continuously by Knoll.

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