Eero Saarinen, ‘Oval Walnut Dining Table for Knoll’, ca. 1956, Open Air Modern

Timeless vintage Eero Saarinen oval dining table in walnut for Knoll. This is a vintage, all original 1950s example. Excellent condition. Impressive, substantial walnut surface has been cleaned, oiled, and polished and is gleaming and soft. Inspired by a drop of liquid, the sculpted pedestal base retains its original finish with a warm, off-white patina, and compliments the light walnut tone which indicates the aura of its age. Highly collectible and desirable functional dining table. This 78" long table comfortably seats 6-8. Early Knoll bow tie label present on the underside.

Manufacturer: Knoll Associates Inc.

About Eero Saarinen

The son of a renowned Finnish architect and a well-known textile artist, Eero Saarinen would go on to become one of the most iconic architects of his adopted homeland, the United States, during its post-WWII boom. Saarinen’s legacy includes symbols of mid-century American design—with their swooping, jet-age curves—like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York. In addition to his achievements in architecture, Saarinen was also a successful furniture designer, gaining notoriety after winning the Museum of Modern Art’s “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition in 1940, along with Charles Eames, for their molded plywood chair design. This success led to a long collaboration with Hans and Florence Knoll, and such icons of design as the “Tulip” chair of 1955–56, as well as other pieces that employ Saarinen’s “one piece, one material” philosophy.

Finnish, 1910-1961, Kirkkonummi/Kyrkslätt, Finland

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