With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen resolved the "ugly, confusing, unrestful world" underneath tables and chairs.
The collection is a defining accomplishment of modern design and a timeless addition to your home & true classic. Tabletops in a wide range of woods, marbles and granites. Base with platinum paint. 78" table seats 6-8 people. Tabletop features beveled edge. Top attaches to base with threaded rod. Base is heavy molded cast aluminum with white or black paint. GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified.
Base: Original Saarinen design. Heavy moulded cast aluminium. Black and white bases are protected with Rilsan.
Top: Bevel-edged satin smooth laminate, lacquer, acrylic stone, marble or veneer. Marble coated with transparent polyester to avoid useassociated stains. Acrylic Stone is a solid surface material made of aluminium hydroxide, acrylic resin and natural pigments. The aluminium hydroxide gives the product a particular strength, the quality of the acrylic resin ensures cleanliness suitability for contact with food, water resistance and colour stability over time. The 1cm difference in height between the tables with laminate/veneer/lacquer tops and acrylic stone/marble tops is due to the top thickness. Marble/Acrylic stone top - 2cm thick Laminate/Veneer/Lacquer top - 3cm thick.
Note: The Knoll logo is located on the underside of the base. A nameplate with the KnollStudio logo and the signature of the designer is also located on the underside of the top or on the top support plate. Only the tables with the acrylic stone top are suitable for outdoor use.
With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen vowed to eliminate the "slum of legs" found under chairs and tables with four legs. He worked first with hundreds of drawings, which were followed by ¼ scale models. Since the compelling idea was to design chairs that looked good in a room, the model furniture was set up in a scaled model room the size of a doll house.
Drawing on his early training as a sculptor, Saarinen refined his design through full scale models, endlessly modifying the shape with clay. “What interests me is when and where to use these structural plastic shapes. Probing even more deeply into different possibilities one finds many different shapes are equally logical—some ugly, some exciting, some earthbound, some soaring. The choices really become a sculptor’s choice.”
Saarinen was assisted by Don Petitt, of Knoll’s Design Development Group, who introduced several ingenious methods of model making. Together with a Knoll design research team, they worked out the problems arising in production. Full scale models became furniture and, with family and friends acting as “guinea pigs,” the furniture was tested in the dining room and living room of the Saarinen house in Bloomfield Hills.