Room by Room – the Saarinen Tulip Table

This week Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks looks at an iconic piece that seems to manage to fit into almost any decor, the Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen.


The Tulip collection was created for Knoll in 1956 by Saarinen to “clear up the slum of legs” created by the standard set of table and chairs. If you look at your average interior, you will be surprised to find an amazing number of legs. Designers often combat this by using blockier legless pieces in conjunction with the typical furniture. Saarinen decided to simplify the set from the start. With a sculptural metal base and a choice of tops ranging from stone to wood to laminate, this table keeps it clean and effortless. The eye moves gently along the curves of the table to rest upon the other accessories around it. This table is a quick-change artist, as at home in a mid-century redo as in a more classically-inclined vignette. The pairings of different chairs with this table are almost endless. This piece is currently available through Knoll and DWR.

This weeks accessory picks take the simplicity and curve of this fabulous table and build upon them. An etched lightbulb throws circular forms on the wall, while a laser-cut coaster adds detail while retaining a basic circular shape. A bent metal and wood veneer tray echoes the curves of the table base. Small vases lend a tactile quality to the space, while a tesselation image print with ample negative space keeps the mood light.

Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.

(table image from Colour Me Happy)

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Ooo, I am loving that lightbulb!


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