Eero Saarinen’s Tulip
Chair is a visual masterpiece of purity in the realms of interior decorating and
interior design. Eero’s Tulip Chair delivers visual freedom from the standard
boxy and interruptive square structures from the chairs and seating arrangements
that have traditionally furnished homes and offices. The Tulip Chair truly adds
freshness to today’s modern furniture selections, and easily incorporates itself
into any home design plan. Here are ten features that can help you determine
the quality of the Tulip Chair you are purchasing to add to your home or office
1) The Tulip Chair is 19
to 20 inches wide (around 50cm) and 31 to 32 inches high (56cm). The seat
height is around 18 ˝ inches (47cm), and the diameter of the chair is around 21
2) Eero’s Tulip Chair
weighs around 27lbs (12.24kg), but this will vary depending upon upholstery and
3) The single leg base of
the Tulip Chair is aluminum. The aluminum can be die-cast or moulded.
Aluminum’s low-density is true to the light nature of the chair, and die-casting
weighs about 60% less. Aluminum is noted for resisting corrosion and its
surface quality, as well as dimensional consistency. Basically, die-cast
aluminum uses pressure in its process, and moulded casting uses gravity.
4) The base is ideally
coated in a Rislan finish, which is a brand name for a bioplastic finish, also
referred to as Polyamide or Nylon 11, and is derived from vegetable oil.
However, generic resin bioplastics are also from natural sources. These
finishes are thicker than paint.
5) The chair is available
in a fixed or swivel base making it an appropriate choice of modern furniture
for home, dining, bar, and office use.
6) The shell of the chair
should be a solid fiberglass mold, the back of the chair and the base of the
chair are molded into a singular shape, with a slight curved edge outward. The
smooth, sweeping curves on the chair are characteristic of Eero’s classic curves
in his architectural masterpieces, such as the St. Louis arch in Minnesota.
7) The base and shell
should be one solid color, and is traditionally available in black or white,
although white is traditional.
8) The shell should be
reinforced with a plastic bonded finish.
9) The chair can be fully
upholstered, or contain a singular foam seat cushion. A removable red fabric
cushion depicts Eero’s classic Tulip Chair image when chosen with a white
shell. Eero’s basic design principal in architecture and modern furniture
dictated that the chair should be made to fit its surroundings to compliment the
room as a whole, rather than be set apart as a distinct separate furnishing. He
frequently referred to the “holistic” view of the interior design. This design
principle fully supports a wide selection of upholstery choices that can be
integrated into your personal home or office furnishings.
10) If an individual seat
cushion is the preference, it should be removable with a Velcro fastening and
have a zipper.
Eero Saarinen’s Tulip
Chair is a light, airy and classical piece of modern furniture that can be
easily assimilated into several styles of modern home design. The Tulip Chair
works particularly well in smaller homes or offices because its singular
curvaceous base allows for spacious visual continuity. Following the above ten
tips will ensure the quality of your Tulip Chair furniture purchase and will
help you make a knowledgeable decision in purchasing this notable piece of
modern furniture for your home or office’s unique interior design.
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