Eero Saarinen designed the Tulip Chair (1957) at the peak of his career. His work in the 1940's began focusing on "organic furniture" in which he aimed to restore formal order to the typical interior setting. His vision was to free the interior space from the "sea of legs" that he saw creating "an unpleasant, confused and restless atmosphere." The Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair represents Saarinen's synergy of that vision and its embodiment in a tangible form. The Saarinen Tulip Chair continues to be one of the most popular items from this modern classic designer.
As an architect Eero Saarinen represented a second generation of modernists. He was critical of early modernism referring to it as “the measly ABC”. For Saarinen it was too simple and singular. He preferred to create designs for specific clients, matching their needs to an environment. With this philosophy he created successful designs for such American corporate giants as General Motors, John Deere, and IBM.
Manufactured in Italy.
Dimensions: H 32" x D 21 3/4" x W 19 3/4" Seat Height 18 1/2"
Material: Pedestal base swivel chair with base in lacquered cast aluminum. Shell offered in original fiberglass or modern ABS. Removable cover in expanded foam covered with fabric or leather in many options.
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