Miniature Tulip Chair Eero Saarinen, Vitra
The Tulip Chair is one of a series of chairs, stools, and tables developed by Eero Saarinen within a five-year period. The characteristic feature of the series is that the supporting structure has been pared to a central supporting stem »like a wineglass« in order to emphasise the uniformity of table and chair.
Eero Saarinen describes the Tulip Chair: "The bases of tables and chairs in a typical furniture arrangement create an ugly, confusing, and restless world. I wanted to design a chair as an integrated whole once again. All important furniture of the past always had a holistic structure, from King Tut's chair to that of Thomas Chippendale. Today, we are parting ways with this holism with our predilection for plastic and laminated wood shells. I am looking forward to the point when the plastics industry will be capable of manufacturing the chair using just one material, the way I have designed it"
For more than two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has produced miniature replicas of design furniture that have made history and a collection of industrial furniture design. The chairs are faithful replicas, with precise details
- Lacquered polyurethane and aluminum, fabric
- 1:6 - 9,2 x 13,4 x 8,3 cm
- Orange and white
- Eero Saarinen
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