Saarinen’s Tulip Chair & Table Go Platinum for 50th Anniversary

saarinen 50th anniversary collection

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Eero Saarinen’s now iconic collection, Knoll has introduced these tables, chairs and stool with a platinum finish as well as re-introducing the wood (rosewood and teak) tabletops.

Saarinen 50th Anniversary Collection

saarinen 50th aniversary tulip armchair

In 1956, Eero Saarinen addressed the “ugly, confusing, unrestful world resulting from the slum of legs underneath typical chairs and tables. In 1957, Knoll unveiled the Pedestal Collection by Eero Saarinen, known today as the Tulip Collection, which has evolved into a symbol of mid-century modern design and a mainstay of the Knoll design legacy.

saarinen tulip patent
above: Design Eero Saarinen, 1956. Aluminum base, fiberglass, upholstery. Made in USA by Knoll.

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above: The original Saarinen table from Knoll in my own dining room. The table belonged to my parents who bought it in 1958. The chairs are actually Burke reproductions and the cushions are the originals from Knoll in sunshine yellow vinyl with cotton and velcro backs.

See the original 1958 Press Release from Knoll here.

above: The original Saarinen chairs

Commemorative Edition
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this iconic collection, Knoll is adding a platinum base finish and reintroducing rosewood and teak table tops. [UPDATE: Although Knoll claimed these new finishes will be a permanent addition to the line, they do not seem to be. As of 2015, the knoll site only offers black or white finishes for the Saarinen Tulip chairs]

above: The special platinum edition
In addition, all Tulip pieces ordered between August 1, 2007 and August 1, 2008, in any finish, will ship with a commemorative medallion and special certificate of authenticity.

Where To Buy
Several Knoll Space retailers are promoting the Saarinen 50th Anniversary collection. By visiting these retailers, you can preview the commemorative medallion and obtain literature on the Anniversary Collection.

The Tulip Collection, in any finish, can be purchased through all Knoll Space retail locations or dealers in North America. Find a Knoll Space retailer near you.

The Museum of Modern Art Award, 1969
Federal Award for Industrial Design, 1969
Design Center Stuttgart Award, 1962

Chairs and tables feature a heavy, molded cast aluminum base with a strap polished finish. Black and white chairs and tables are rilsan coated. Platinum finish consists of a high-resilient polyurethane enamel wet coat with a clear satin finish.
Shell is molded fiberglass with a reinforced, plastic bonded finish
Chairs are available with or without arms in a fixed position or with swivel action.

saarinen tulip chair cushionssaarinen tulip tables with marble tops

Available with a seat cushion only or with upholstered inner shell
Available in a variety of Knoll Textiles or Spinneybeck leather
Seat cushion is removable and is encased with a zippered cover and fastened to the shell with velcro
Platinum shell finish is not available with inner shell upholstery

saarinen tables with wood tops
above:20″ Side table with timeless teak top and platinum base is accompanied by an oval Rosewood coffee table

Base and shell finishes are available in white, black and platinum
Table top options include white laminate and various marble, veneer and granite options

Sustainable Design
All Knoll Studio seating is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® for low-emitting products

vintage Knoll print ad teasing new tulip chair, 1958
above: Original Print ad from Knoll, 1959

More history and information as well as retailers and other places of purchase.