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. The Tulip Stool is a perfect extra dining seat or statement piece in any room. Available in a range of Spinneybeck & leathers. Base with black or platinum paint. Fixed base (base sold online is swivel). Seat is molded fiberglass. Base is heavy molded cast aluminum with white paint. Swivel base. GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified.
Base: Cast aluminium, Rilsan coated finish.
Shell: Moulded fibreglass reinforced plastic bonded finish.
Upholstery: Upholstered or unupholstered inner shell, with removable foam cushion (zippered cover and Velcro fastening).
Note: The KnollStudio logo and the signature of Eero Saarinen are located on the underside of the base.
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.