Knoll Tulip armchair, swivel base, white - Tonus 128
Knoll Tulip armchair, swivel base, white - Tonus 128

Tulip armchair, swivel base, white - Tonus 128


2,232.00€ 2,480.00€

Tulip armchair
2,232.00€ 2,480.00€

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The Tulip armchair by Eero Saarinen is one if the most well-known pieces of Finnish design. With a name inspired by the chair’s one-legged structure with an upholstered seat that resembles a flower, Tulip is not only a comfortable armchair but also an eye-catching design icon.

Saarinen designed the Tulip chair in 1955 and it became part of Knoll’s selection the following year. The chair is part of Saarinen’s Pedestal collection that consists of single-legged furniture created as a protest to the ”ugly, confusing, unrestful world” of traditional furniture legs. The iconic collection exudes an air of mid-century modernism that, to this day, feels fresh and original.

White, black
68 cm
59 cm
82 cm
Frame material
Moulded fibreglass with a reinforced plastic bonded finish
Upholstery fabric
Kvadrat Tonus 128: 90% New wool, 10% Helanca
Abrasion resistance
100,000 Martindale
Base material
Cast aluminium, Rilsan coat finish
Armrest height 64 cm

Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was a Finnish-American architect and designer whose neo-futuristic designs earned him a place among the most significant names of modern American architecture. Saarinen became famous in 1940 when he and Charles Eames won the design competition Organic Design in Home Furnishings arranged by MoMA New York. As a designer, his best-known pieces include the Womb chair and the Tulip furniture, both designed for Knoll, and as an architect, he created significant American landmarks including the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the TWA Flight Center in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A child of the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen migrated from Finland to Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills with his family at the age of 13. Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris, architecture at Yale University and design at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he became friends with Charles Eames and Florence Knoll. Eero and his father Eliel both worked as teachers at Cranbook, and together with Robert Swansen, they established the architectural office Saarinen, Swansen and Associates. In 1950, Saarinen founded his own office in Bloomfield Hills where he worked until his death in 1961.

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