Brief History of Eero Saarinen's Chair and Tulip Table

Published: Tuesday 14 January 2020-
In all the official texts concerning the great architects of the Bauhaus, a school of applied art born in Germany in 1919 under the guidance of Walter Gropius, it appears that after its forced closure in 1932 for political reasons, many of its major exponents such as Walter Gropius , Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, emigrated to the United States where they found a new context within which to operate.
The immediate impulse came from the "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition launched as early as 1941 by the MOMA - Museum of Modern Art in New York. And it was for this competition that during the years 1953/58 Eero Saarinen (1910/1961) elaborated the project for a chair with a pedestal base that was aesthetically beautiful, replacing the visual weaving of the legs with a single base. Its form, beautiful and functional, took the name of TULIP, given its resemblance to the flower.
In 1956, Eero Saarinen also created the table solving the same problem as chair legs, calling it TULIP TABLE, to be used as a dining table or as a living room as a coffee table, forming a combination of exceptional practicality and beauty together with the chairs.
The pedestal base of the TULIP chair and table was designed in die-cast aluminum with Rilsan coating or paint suitable for its protection, while the body of the chair was in fiberglass shaped and reinforced.
With the TULIP collection (discover the Tulip tables and chairs), Eero Saarinen had designed extraordinarily modern furnishing objects for the time, both for their practicality and aesthetic sense, which can still be included into any furnishing project.
After this brief history, necessary to be able to understand the origins of the project, we would like to clarify that our entire collection of TULIP Chairs and Tables is inspired by the project of Eero Saarinen of 1953 and are therefore to be considered our re-editions.
Today, unfortunately, the customer who wants to buy a re-edition of the TULIP table or chair of excellent quality at the right price, finds it very difficult given the great offer that the web offers. Offer that sometimes shows a lot of approximation and very little professionalism with poor quality products, even of Asian origin. This certainly creates a lot of confusion and misinformation in the buyer. offers the TULIP Table and Chair with a good quality / price ratio and guarantees that the production of all the components is carried out in Tuscany, and more precisely in Poggibonsi, a town located between Siena and Florence, with a strong artisan vocation in the field of furniture since the 1950s, but above all very close to the marble quarries of the Apuan Alps. In this territory, in addition to the famous, prestigious and unique Bianco di Carrara, precious marbles are also extracted such as the Arabescato Vagli, the Carrara Statuarietto, and the Calacatta Oro.
Verdi Alpi instead comes from Valle D’Aosta, while Nero Marquinia and Marrone Emperador Dark are of Spanish import, the crystalline Salt White marble comes from Greece and the Gray Leopard comes from Turkey.
One of the two partners of ARTE & DESIGN Srl, owner of the "ITALIANDESIGNCONTRACT" brand, started its own activity in Poggibonsi, since the end of the 1960s, producing tables and chairs for the contract sector, destined therefore to hotel chains, clinics, universities, theaters, ice cream parlors, coffee bars, restaurants and private residences.
Thanks to this important experience and the ever-present passion for these products, we are able to use the knowledge and collaboration with the best local artisans that we constantly follow in the various production phases and allows us to offer all the insurances and guarantees on materials and workmanship that are performed for the production of our Re-editions.
For further clarity towards our customers we have included on the product sheet all the useful information about the TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS, PACKAGING AND SHIPPING and the INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY with relative VIDEO. These files can be consulted and downloaded and provide very useful details to consider when ordering.

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