Eero Saarinen designed the Tulip Stool as part of the tulip series in the 1950's at the peak of his career. He developed it as part of his designs for "organic furniture" with which he aimed to restore formal order to the interior setting. From his time working with Charles Eames, Saarinen aimed to design "organic furniture" -- that is, furniture in a single form made from a single material. The Tulip Stool is only one of a large group of furniture items that include the Tulip Chair, and a variety of Tulip Tables, from what he introduced as The Pedestal Group in 1956.
Saarinen's vision was to free the interior space from the "sea of legs" that he thought created visual clutter. While his ideal was to construct his individual Tulip pieces from a solitary piece of molded plastic, it was soon realized that it would be difficult to execute. Instead he focused on the graceful form and made the sacrifice of having an aluminum base that was necessary for proper support.
Manufactured In Italy.
Dimensions: H 17 3/4" x dia 15 3/4" or H 30" x dia 17".
Materials: Stool with base in lacquered cast aluminum in white, black or grey. Cushion in expanded foam covered with fabric or leather.
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