Original post on my blog lsroom.wordpress.com

First news of the year: the design icons.
There are pieces in the design that decades later are still considered timeless and even are fundamental part of interior design's history.
Many of these objects ends up, more or less, constantly inside my projects, mostly for their functionality and their ability to integrate into any style.
So I decided to open this new part of the site to show you some of this pieces, especially the ones I like the most...
So, let's begin!

Name: Tulip
Genre: Table
Year: 1956
Designer: Eero Saarinen

The Tulip table is drawn at the beginning of the 40s by Eero Saarinen, Finnish-born American architect and designer, as part of the "organic design home furnishing collection"'s research proposed by the MOMA in New York.
Put into production in 1956 by Knoll, it still remains one of the major design's icons.
"The underside of typical chairs and tables creates confusion," a troubled world, "explained Saarinen. "I wanted to clean up the slum of the legs."
From this idea and his purist approach to architecture and desing, he created the Tulip table. Available in different versions (small and tall coffee table, dining-model), Tulip eliminates the problem of the legs with a single, simple idea: a chalice base.
Clean, linear, chic. Like many of the Saarinen's works, his table is designed to be an aesthetically solution, pleasant and organic, which is immediately approached by the Tulip chair.
Curiosity: due the technical limitations of the time, Saarinen did not manage to do this series with a single mold and a single material. So the base was made in cast aluminum, since molded plastic was not sufficiently resistant to withstand a supporting surface or the weight of a seated person.
Saarinen considered this project a failure, hoping to find a plastic strong enough for fix the problem without compromise the beauty of the finished object.

 


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And you? What do you like about design?

L.

Published by Laura Messina