In a 1956 magazine cover story, Eero Saarinen said that “the underside of typical tables and chairs makes a confusing, unrestful world.” Later that year, he completed the design of the Pedestal Table. Unlike other tables of this time, the form of the pedestal table was inspired by a drop of high-viscosity liquid. It features a large round top, a single leg that flares out like a trumpet, and a circular base. In modern times, Saarinen’s iconic design is known as the Tulip Table, which makes a statement while adding a hint of mid-century flair to any space. It also allows more leg room for everyone at the table! Here are five reasons why you should own your own Tulip Table.
1. It Packs a Punch
While the structure of the Tulip Table is quite minimalistic, composed of a round table top and a single flared leg on top of a wide base, it needs little accessories to make it shine. Despite its simple design, the gorgeous solid stone top and clean lines draw all eyes to it. You want to make this the centerpiece of your dining room! Opt for chairs with a similar design, we suggest the graceful curves of the Pablo chair and hang one or two light fixtures directly above it. Don’t be afraid to incorporate a bit of color into the mix as well. Choose a bright colored vase for the centerpiece or plates and cups in a bold pattern.
2. It’s Not Just for Fine Dining
While the Tulip Table in and of itself is a work of art, it doesn’t have to be reserved for fine dining parties. It doesn’t even have to go to your dining room! The Tulip Table is perfect for intimate kitchen settings and even office spaces. Incorporate different materials into your room’s layout, such as wood and chrome, to create a beautiful contrast against the shiny marble table top. You definitely can’t go wrong with adding a bit of greenery either!
3. It’s as Sturdy as it is Beautiful
While the Tulip Table is beautiful, it is meant to be used! The single, curved leg may have you second guessing how strong it is but trust us; it can hold its own. The quartz top is a fusion of natural and synthetic material which make it resistant to scratching and chipping. The base is made of iron and aluminum alloy for extra strength and durability, so you don’t have to worry about it toppling over during dinner or while you toil away at work.
4. It fits perfectly Into Any Space
Whether you are looking for a table for your alcove or your office, the Tulip Table is always a perfect choice! The circular base and single leg allow more flexibility for squeezing into small spaces without compromising on surface area. You can also choose between the 52” diameter, which seats up to six, or seat four comfortably with the 44” inch diameter.
5. It’s a Timeless Design
Sixty-two years later and the Tulip Table continues to stand the test against time! It’s a versatile design that blends seamlessly with numerous style preferences — whether you prefer mid-century or Scandinavian, Contemporary or Hollywood glam. You’ll find that adding a Tulip Table to your space will instantly amplify and tie the entire room together.