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.
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.
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.
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.
Bring Something New to the Table
Personalise your Saarinen table with a choice of uniquely veined marble surfaces and base varieties.