The Tulip Chair is considered one of the most iconic furniture pieces of the 20th Century. Presented to the world in 1957, the space-age style chair created by Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen became a firm favorite amongst those seeking ultra-modern seating for their home. Four legs were reduced to one single column which widened at the bottom into a circle, which increased aesthetic interest and contemporary character.
The swivel function allowed extra comfort and dynamicism which had rarely been seen in chairs before and heightened the parallels between the seat and developments in technology and space-travel which were in their infancy during the period of the chair’s design. The upper part of the Tulip Chair is relatively simple and is comprised of a streamlined curved fiberglass body with a padded seat cushion. Over the years, various different color combinations have been created.
Eero Saarinen was born in Finland in 1910 and emigrated to America with his family when a young boy. After studying sculpture and furniture design, he went on to work as an architect as well as an illustrator during the war years. It’s fascinating to note, that his Tulip Chair would later become internationally recognised as the seating pieces on the original Star Trek set. The famous furniture company Knoll made the chairs themselves.
You can buy this chair from here: Saarinen Style Tulip Side Chair in Red.