Designing with Eero Saarinen's Tulip Dining Set

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April 30, 2014
Eero Saarinen's fiberglass-and-aluminum Tulip table and chairs, designed in 1950s for Knoll, were among the futuristic furnishings found in the 1960s classic Star Trek series. Today, the industrial design classic—with its furturistic use of ellipses—slips seamlessly into modern interiors.
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  In their renovation, two London-based designers complemented white walls and stainless steel appliances with Saarinen's softly curving Tulip table. Photo by Ben Anders.  Photo by: Ben Anders

    In their renovation, two London-based designers complemented white walls and stainless steel appliances with Saarinen's softly curving Tulip table. Photo by Ben Anders.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  In Eero Saarinen’s own Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, his chairs surround a custom-designed marble-and-terrazzo table. Photo by Leslie Williamson. 

    In Eero Saarinen’s own Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, his chairs surround a custom-designed marble-and-terrazzo table. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

     

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  In a renovated San Francisco Victorian, Saarinen's Tulip coffee table is surrounded by white couches, bright wall art, and a Womb chair and ottoman. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.  Photo by: Sharon Risedorph

    In a renovated San Francisco Victorian, Saarinen's Tulip coffee table is surrounded by white couches, bright wall art, and a Womb chair and ottoman. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.

    Photo by: Sharon Risedorph

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  Constructed in the early 1920s by Eliel Saarinen, Eero's father, the Director's house at the Cranbrook campus in Michigan pays homage to the Saarinen design legacy, featuring Eero's Tulip chairs in its dining room. Photo by Justin Maconochie.  Photo by: Justin Maconochie

    Constructed in the early 1920s by Eliel Saarinen, Eero's father, the Director's house at the Cranbrook campus in Michigan pays homage to the Saarinen design legacy, featuring Eero's Tulip chairs in its dining room. Photo by Justin Maconochie.

    Photo by: Justin Maconochie

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  In the dining room of Brussels-based furniture designer Christiane Högner, Ikea's Docksta, a Tulip table knock-off is surrounded by well-worn Arne Jacobsen chairs. Photo by Céline Clanet.  Photo by: Céline Clanet

    In the dining room of Brussels-based furniture designer Christiane Högner, Ikea's Docksta, a Tulip table knock-off is surrounded by well-worn Arne Jacobsen chairs. Photo by Céline Clanet.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  In a furniture showroom and apartment in Copenhagen, the Tulip dining set sits in front of a rust-colored wall. Red seat cushions integrate the table and chairs into this home's rich color scheme. Photos courtesy the Apartment.  Courtesy of: Photos courtesy the Apartment

    In a furniture showroom and apartment in Copenhagen, the Tulip dining set sits in front of a rust-colored wall. Red seat cushions integrate the table and chairs into this home's rich color scheme. Photos courtesy the Apartment.

    Courtesy of: Photos courtesy the Apartment

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  Just beyond the Saarinen's Tulip chairs and table in the dining room of this Illinois retreat, a wide window takes in a view of the prairie.  Courtesy of: Justin Reid

    Just beyond the Saarinen's Tulip chairs and table in the dining room of this Illinois retreat, a wide window takes in a view of the prairie.

    Courtesy of: Justin Reid

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  Saarinen's Tulip table is circled by Eames shell chairs in this home in northern Maine, where its curves and color contrast with warm wood siding. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    Saarinen's Tulip table is circled by Eames shell chairs in this home in northern Maine, where its curves and color contrast with warm wood siding. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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