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  2. Original Pair of Knoll Associates Saarinen Tulip Chairs
$ 400

Original Pair of Knoll Associates Saarinen Tulip Chairs

  • S Emerson Way, Littleton, CO
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These are original Knoll Associates Saarinen designed Tulip Chairs. Part of the 1958 Pedestal Collection. Knoll introduced the Pedestal Collection by Eero Saarinen -- an idea he had first discussed with Hans in 1954 to reduce the visual noise created by typical four-legged chairs or, as he put it, a system to "clear up the slum of legs." The chair has the smooth lines of modernism and was experimental with materials for its time. The chair is considered a classic of industrial design. The chair is often considered "space age" for its futuristic use of curves and artificial materials. The base of the tulip chair is of cast aluminum with a rilsan-coated finish to match the upper shell, giving the appearance of a single unit. The upper shell is molded fiberglass, with a reinforced, plastic bonded finish. The upholstered foam cushion is removable with Velcro fastening. The stickers applied to Knoll furniture pieces are a helpful tool in determining the date and authenticity of a particular piece. In the late '40s and early '50s Knoll occupied showrooms on Madison Avenue. After 1961 Knoll's offices were located at 320 Park Ave., and in 1970 they moved to 745 Fifth Ave. "The logo evolved over the years," says Gersh, "so we look to ensure that the logo is correct for the time period of the piece and that the address matches." Looking at the sleek base designed for this purpose is key in determining a Tulip piece's authenticity. "These have a cast aluminum base whereas many replicas have a metal base that's not quite as sturdy," says Gersh. "Because it's cast, originals have one piece of metal whereas knockoffs might have a seam. Also, you would never see screws under the base of an original chair. Originals are also made of fiberglass, whereas more recent reproductions are probably not." Signs of use are another important factor. "Plastic has kind of a patina when it's been used over time," notes Gersh. "These chairs don't look brand new, which they shouldn't; their use is consistent with their age." These are in good condition with scuffs that can be easily removed. No chips or dings. These are obviously not the original cushions. They can be purchased online, however.

  • Condition: Good
  • Brand: Knoll Associates
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