Icons at The Conran Shop: Saarinen Pedestal Table

Designed for Knoll in 1956, the classic Saarinen Pedestal Table by the eponymous design pioneer showcases the finest in mid-century aesthetics, combining a sculptural base with a captivating marble top.

 

The Saarinen Pedestal dining table in Arabescato marble | Image courtesy of Federico Cedrone for Knoll ©
The Saarinen Pedestal dining table in Arabescato marble | Image courtesy of Federico Cedrone for Knoll ©

 

All About The Base

 

Comprised of coffee, side and dining tables, the Saarinen Pedestal Collection is a manifestation of Saarinen’s vow to address the ‘ugly, confusing, unrestful world’ he observed underneath chairs and tables – a so-called ‘slum of legs’.

 

The sturdy coated aluminium base creates a fluid stem for the surface to rest on and allows for myriad dinner guests, unrestricted by the usual gaps in traditional tables.

 

To this day, the Saarinen Pedestal collection is manufactured exclusively by Knoll and carries Saarinen’s signature as a mark of authenticity.

 

Saarinen Pedestal side tables enhancing a minimalist space | Image courtesy of Federico Cedrone for Knoll ©
Saarinen Pedestal side tables enhancing a minimalist space | Image courtesy of Federico Cedrone for Knoll ©
The pedestal table as the centrepiece to a dining space | Image courtesy of Federico Cedrone for Knoll ©
The Pedestal table as the centrepiece to a dining space | Image courtesy of Federico Cedrone for Knoll ©

 

On The Surface

 

The unique aluminium base sweeps elegantly from the floor to support a solid natural marble top, creating subtle balance in perfect proportion.

 

Created in a variety of marbleous editions, the naturally veined, complexly distinctive surface is held up to be celebrated, literally ‘put on a pedestal’ by its sweeping base.

 

Classic Arabescato, rich Emperador, fresh green Verdi Alpi and stark black Marquina marble make up the available varieties, as well as an outdoor edition, each polished to perfection in a light, ethereal disc form.

 

Completed with a protective coating that ensures endurance, the timeless Saarinen table can be presented in either a matte satin finish, which lends the stone a more natural, honed appearance, or a shiny coated finish that provides transparent, high-polish decadence.

 

A closer look at the marble editions| Images courtesy of Knoll.com ©
A closer look at the marble editions | Images courtesy of Knoll.com ©

 

The Man Behind The Masterpiece

 

Born in 1910, Finnish-American architect and designer Eero Saarinen was destined to design, with a textile artist mother and architect father. Young Saarinen took up the trade of the world he grew up in, helping his father design furniture as early as his teens.

 

Saarinen grew to become one of the most prolific and diverse industrial designers of the 20th century, known for his use of simple, structural curves and machine-like rationalism.

 

After meeting Charles Eames, a friendship and design partnership blossomed, which resulted in several award-winning projects, including their ground-breaking collection of moulded plywood chairs.

 

Saarinen is still thought of as a leader of the second generation modernists, with his scrutinising approach to achieving sculptural precision, while pushing the boundaries of material and form.

 

Eero Saarinen and family enjoying the Pedestal collection | Photo courtesy of Knoll.com ©
Eero Saarinen and family enjoying the Pedestal collection | Photo courtesy of Knoll.com ©

 

Bring Something New to the Table

 

Personalise your Saarinen table with a choice of uniquely veined marble surfaces and base varieties.

 

See the entire collection here