Designer: Eero Saarinen
Date of conception: 1955-1956
Retail Price: starts at $1300 (gulp)
Interesting fact: adapted version was used in the Star Trek TV series due to its space-age curves.
Background, in a nutshell:
Finnish-American Designer Eero Saarinen was commissioned by the Knoll company in 1955 to design a matching chair for an existing dining table. Its key defining feature is that it sits on a single slim base as opposed to chair legs.
Although the chair is organic and fluid in shape, it is far from hand-crafted. The base of the chair is made of cast aluminum which is then coated with rilsan, and the shell is in fiberglass with a painted finish to offer a unified look.
The chair comes in 2 styles: with and without arms. If I’m not mistaken, a red fabric was used for the removable seat cushion in the original design, but I’ve seen many color variations being used in homes these days. It’s surprising to see how such a modern and space-age-like chair can look so amazing in rustic, contemporary and traditional spaces alike.
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During my recent trip to Toronto, I spotted a bunch of mini chair replicas while browsing through an industrial design store. I couldn’t stop ooh-ing and ah-ing over them, mainly because everything in miniature size is cute, but probably also because they were the only kind of iconic chair I’d ever be able to afford. And then, my friend Bea pointed out that I really have a thing for chairs. I had never thought about it before that day, but I think she totally hit the nail on the head (Bea’s always right, actually). Whenever I go to flea markets, the first items to catch my eye are usually chairs (the diy possibilities are endless!!), and I am often tempted to buy new ones too whenever I walk into a furniture store. I’ve always been fascinated by the multitude of styles available and have been meaning to learn about who designed them, when and how.
I figured, if I like chairs that much and want to learn about them, why not write about them here? So here I am, introducing a new post category called “Sit on this”, where I’ll talk about iconic chair designs, interesting tidbits about them, as well as some inspiration photos of how these chairs have been used in home decor.
Stay tuned for the first post in this category, in which I’ll cover the Tulip chair.
In the meantime, can you please ooh and ahhh with me at these adorable miniature chairs???
3-5: MoMA Store