Eero Saarinen for Knoll Pair of 'Tulip' Dining Chairs in Black Fiberglass


Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 'Tulip' pair of fixed dining chairs, model 151C, fiberglass, aluminum, fabric, United States, design 1955-57, production 1950s/1960s

This pair of dining chairs in black color is part of the 'Pedestal' collection which was designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in the 1950s and it took him five years to arrive at this exact design. The fixed dining chairs resemble a tulip flower or a stemmed wineglass. The chairs are designed to create peaceful interiors in which the legs of the furnishings did not obstruct viewing lines.

Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia.

Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was a Finnish-American architect who helped to shape the American postwar architecture of progression and optimism. Saarinen designed several airports and worked for large coorporate clients such as IBM and General Motors. This meant that the identity of Saarinen's architecture went hand in hand with the identity of these companies. His design was also used in many companies and homes and thus helped to shape the aesthetic landscape of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

Please note that the fabric is in used condition with signs of wear and use. The construction contains scratches. Restoration is possible before shipping by our experienced craftsman and -women in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized restoration is possible as well.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Eero Saarinen (Designer) Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1960s
  • dimensions Height 31.89 in. Width 19.3 in. Depth 21.26 in. Seat Height 18.51 in.
  • dimensions Height 81 cm Width 49 cm Depth 54 cm Seat Height 47 cm
  • material Aluminum Fabric Fiberglass
  • origin United States
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 45003408