Tulip chair

Manufacturer Knoll

Design Eero Saarinen


In wanting to combine utility with design, Saarinen decides to reduce the four legs of a classic chair into one, thus shaking up established codes. When designing his Tulip chair, Eero Saarinen makes a point of creating a seat formed from a single piece. To do this, it uses, for the first time in this field, fiberglass, which is as light as it is resistant.

But prototypes do not resist sitting down and break at the base. Thus, the final version of the Tulip Chair is composed of an aluminum base that hugs the shell of the seat and the backrest. This concept of a unique tulip foot is applied to tables, pedestal tables and armchairs, breaking with the classicism of the end of the 1950s. This new way of thinking about furniture confirms a new trend, that of industrial design, which introduces elegance, curves and aesthetics to the home. 

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Chair available in white or black, with or without armrests. Full upholstery or seat pad in fabric or leather.