Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), Tulip armchair, USA, 1956
Knoll International Edition
Cast aluminium sheathed in plastic, fibreglass, latex foam, fabric
Purchased from Knoll International, 1966
© Les Arts Décoratifs / photo: Jean Tholance
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With this famous Tulip armchair the American architecture and designer of Finnish origin, Eero Saarinen offers a chair that is innovative both in formal and technical terms. It uses all the properties of plastic to conceive a curved unibody. The principle of a body supported by a single central base in cast aluminium for greater solidity and stability, covered in plastic paint of the same colour, gives the chair its visual unity.