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Finnish-American architect and designer Eero Saarinen was one of the most prolific and diverse industrial designers of the 20th century, creating instantly recognisable pieces such as the Pedestal 'Tulip' Tables and the Womb Chair, which remain world-renowned to this day.
A lifelong friend of design legend Florence Knoll, Saarinen collaborated with notable designers such as Charles and Ray Eames throughout his illustrious career. Saarinen was born into the design world, with his father Eliel working as the Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his mother Loja a world-famous textile designer, but Eero is best known today for his neo-futuristic style and working closely with Knoll, which still exclusively produces his pieces.
A leader of the second-generation modernists, Saarinen pushed material and aesthetic boundaries to achieve forms and silhouettes the like of which had never been seen before. Among his outstanding projects are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport, and the CBS headquarters in New York.
Exclusive Tulip Oval Dining Table in Sequoia
Honouring the legacy of Eero Saarinen's legendary Tulip Oval Dining Table for Knoll, The Conran Shop proudly premieres the exclusive, limited-edition Sequoia finish.
Cut from extraordinary Sequoia granite in Brazil, the natural stone's fusion of brown, black and white hues presents mesmerising striations like those of a canyon. Its dynamic, wide veining is only enhanced with a diamond polish, a meticulous nine-step process which helps remove light and superficial scratching as well as minor etching.
Unpretentious and elegant, the Tulip Table was unveiled in 1957 following a five-year investigation at Florence Knoll's behest. Fulfilling Saarinen's goal of providing an antithesis to the typical support structures found under traditional tables and chairs of the day, its sweeping silhouette was quick to become a pinnacle of mid-century design.
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