Tulip Armchair_Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen sought the essential idea and reduced it to the most effective structural solution within an overall unity of design. To that end, he designed the 1956 Tulip chair in terms of its setting, rather than a particular shape.
“In any design problem, one should seek the solution in terms of the next largest thing,” he said. “If the problem is a chair, then its solution must be found in the way it relates to the room....” In Tulip, a single-legged chair made from fiberglass-reinforced resin, Saarinen realized his ideal of formal unity: “Every significant piece of furniture from the past has a holistic structure.” Winner of the 1969 Museum of Modern Art Award, the chair is available with or without arms, and with complementary stools and tables.

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