Eero Saarinen
(1910, Kirkonumi, Finland – 1961, Ann Arbor, USA)

Tulip armchair and chair



The Pedestal collection was made of cast plastics. It was the first time this technology was used, and it enabled Eero Saarinen to beget a piece of funiture entirely made out of an artificial material, which could easily be shaped. At the same time, this collection took the one-legged chair into the home interiors, and the collection was named to reflect that. The idea to design furniture with only one leg had been developed by Eero since 1953. After doyens of drawings, he managed to realize a series of models, followed by the prototype, whose production revealed new methods. The furniture from the Pedestal collection was first tried out at the dining-room and the parlor in the home of Eero’s friends in Bloomfield Hills. The chair in its form resembled a flower growing from the floor – and it was named Tulip. It just so happened that the Pedestal collection was the last thing Saarinen designed for Knoll.