Architect Eero Saarinen’s design for the table is considered a modernist icon. It has an recognizable shape of proportion and beauty that has proven the test of time.
Eero Saarinen was a Finnish architect who lived between 1910 and 1961. Saarinen’s significant architectural work includes the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Flight Center at JFK in New York, and Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. He is known for his sweeping elegant, yet simple, curves. He was awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 1962, undoubtedly one of the highest awards in architecture at that time.
Saarinen was close friends with design icons Charles and Ray Eames, and like them, also designed furniture. After winning a design competition in 1940 for “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” for his Tulip Chair, his work was taken into production by Knoll furniture. Most of his pieces of furniture are still produced today through Knoll. The Tulip Chair and this table are considered the Pedestal Collection and are now today available in different heights, colors and materials. The tabletop can be constructed with a different selection of materials such as marble, walnut, laminate and stone.
Eero Saarinen was more than an architect and furniture designer — he was a sculptor who pushed the limits of materials and reinforced the foundations of modernism. He believed in ‘the new,’ the future and raw creativity. His sleek, sculptural designs remain highly appreciated today.