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Tulip

Knoll
Designer: Eero Saarinen

" We have chairs with four legs, with three and with two legs, but nobody has made a chair with just one leg, so we will make it!": with these words Eero Saarinen started on the challenge that would take him to realize the Tulip chair, after several years of studies and projects. The attempt to bring simplicity and order also in the bases, hitherto intricate and unconfortable due to the entangled of the legs in the different elements, it was always one of the main themes fundamental in the research of the famous architect of Finnish origin. It culminated in the presentation of the Pedestal serie for Knoll in 1958, where the chair Tulip was the feather in the collection cap, that included also the elegant table today reissued under the name "Saarinen".

Tulip is characterized by the cup-shaped resting on a single central pedestal. Saarinen worked for a long time on this chair, researching both the beauty of the lines and the compactness of the materials: his original intent was to realize it made entirely in plastic, but the technology of the time did not enable a similar processing. The chair was so separated in two pieces, with the shell in glass fiber which revolves on the basis in aluminium. The lines, smooth and wrapping, are shaped according to the curves of the human body and give almost an idea of an organic sculpture. Its unprecedented look, had immediately a great impact, so as to be inserted in the environments of the popular serial science-fiction "Star-Trek", and keeps until today the fascination of an object coming from the future.

Technical description: the base consists of cast aluminium with Rilsan coated finish in the versions white, black or platinum. The shell is in reinforced fiberglass, molded and lacquered and is available in swivel or fixed base. The upholstery in fabric or leather could be either only for the cushion, fixed to the seat with Velcro fastening, or for the entire shell in the inner part. Tulip is available also in the armchair version, with the shell that gets up on the sides to form the armrests, or in swivel stool version.contact us

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