saarinen obsession.
by victoria comment


Saarinen table and chairs in neville trickett's home. / sfgirlbybay

if you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know i’m a complete and utter sucker for all things Saarinen — eero saarinen, that is. a Finnish American architect and industrial designer noted for his neo-futuristic style and famous for his almost whimsical, some might say space-age looking tulip-based pedestal tables and chairs (makes sense since he’s also designed a few airports and his last name is eero — get it?) which he designed in collaboration when working with knoll furniture.

vintage Saarinen chairs and table. / sfgirlbybay

I actually had to take count, but i literally have five Saarinen tulip swivel chairs and five tables — from my dining and coffee table to three different sized side tables. i just love them that much. while they’re technically mid-century modern and debuted in 1958, i find their sculptural look easily blends with a lot of other eras, and have my dining table, for instance, paired with some vintage bentwood thonet chairs. and the thing about their beautiful tulip-shaped table base is that it never interferes with your chairs, like a typically four-legged table might — and they just feel airier to me than a more traditional dining table. the chairs are great, too – streamline and sleek, and did i mention, super comfortable? there are knock-offs like tulip table and ikea’s doksta, but i always support the real thing if you can swing it, and because it’s a classic it’s always a good investment — and vintage is always a great option. here are a few looks i love incorporating saarinen tables and chairs.

Saarinen table and chairs / sfgirlbybay

dark saarinen tulip table. / sfgirlbybay

Saarinen tulip table in modern dining area. / sfgirlbybay

vintage Saarinen tulip style table with wood stools. / sfgirlbybay

marble Saarinen table. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring spaces with Saarinen tables. / sfgirlbybay

Saarinen table with bentwood and cane chairs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring spaces with Saarinen tables. / sfgirlbybay

Saarinen tulip table in modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

vintage Saarinen table with modern chairs. / sfgirlbybay

Saarinen chairs with black dining table. / sfgirlbybay

Saarinen tulip table with bentwood and cane chairs. / sfgirlbybay

Saarinen white tulip table. / sfgirlbybay

Saarinen table in whitewashed dining area. / sfgirlbybay

vintage Saarinen tulip tables. / sfgirlbybay

white Saarinen chairs with black pads. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: neville trickett; elle decoration; habitually chic; sfgirlbybay; est living; julia robbs photography; est living; etsy; holly marder; la cool et chic; a beautiful mess; abitare studio; the shiny squirrel; design within reach; the guardian; the socialite family; style me pretty; semikah textiles; fantastic frank; anne sage; studio del mar; traditional home; apartment therapy; elle decoration; etsy; holly marder; t.a. lorton; studio oink; my domaine; nicole valentine don; remodelista.

7 responses to “saarinen obsession.”

  1. Of course, no mention of Eero Saarinen should go by without mentioning the amazing TWA Terminal at JFK, which has recently been remodeled into a hotel. With all the appropriate decor. Well worth a look. I would love to stay there!

    I’m also fond of his fathers work, Elliel Saarinen. A good starting place is Cranbrook Academy of Art and Architecture.

  2. Your Saarinen obsession is well-founded. I do wish you would separate the knock-offs from the authentic Knoll pieces – which are easy to spot because of their perfect proportions and ever-so-slender “stems”. While not everyone can afford a genuine Saarinen piece, we can all aspire to owning one!

  3. I don’t think you really need to mention that you love Saarinen. All you needed to do was post the pics and we would have figured out ourself coz, I mean, look at those! Awesome collection and love the table.

  4. Would you recommend the laminate or marble Saarinen for an everyday kitchen table? We have kids and pets, too. I worry that the laminate might look “cheap” but the marble will be hard to maintain and I don’t want to baby it. I can’t decide!

    • Hi JY,

      I don’t think the laminate tops look cheap at all. The marble is nice, but it does indeed stain and scratch. My friends with kids who have one always have a cover on theirs. So if you’re worry about wear, the laminate may be the better option. Cheers!

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