Saarinen Oval Coffee Table
designed by Eero Saarinen
At A Glance:
The Saarinen Oval Coffee Table, full of graceful curves and with a pedestal base beyond compare, is slight, modern, and impossibly elegant. Whether you're looking for a coffee table for your home or office, this version of Saarinen's classic design will serve you well.
What's To Like:
- The simple beauty of the table, to start with.
- Now add the fact that it's a legitimately classic design.
- This coffee table qualifies for museum induction, and as far as art goes it's incredibly useful.
What's Not to Like:
As with all the tables in this series, its design is very specific ... and therefore self-selecting. It isn't going to fit in perfectly with just any design scheme. But when it does fit in, it really makes a statement.
The Bottom Line:
This is a gorgeous addition to nearly any living room. It's a legitimate all-time classic, and a thrill to own.
The Eero Saarinen Coffee Table is - first and foremost - a pure table. It is the work of an essentialist who boiled concepts and functions down to their irremovable attributes. The Saarinen Coffee Table is and effective and beautiful structure. From Saarinen himself: "The underside of typical chairs and tables makes a confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs." To accomplish this, the Saarinen Coffee Table is on a pedestal, unencumbered by the "slum of legs," and easy to use for the whole family. The table is available with a wide variety of top and base finishes.
- Overall dimensions: 15.25" h x 41.25" w x 27.5" d
- Cast aluminum base
- Black and white bases have a Rilsan finish
- Platinum base has a polyurethane enameled, clear satin finish
- Top is marble, laminate, or wood, according to your choice
Knoll was well known for utilizing European talent, and many items in their furniture collection were designed by Scandinavians. Eero Saarinen, originally from Finland, would become one of the most renowned designers of the mid-twentieth century. After studying architecture at Yale, Saarinen collaborated with contemporary Charles Eames and designed numerous furniture classics and buildings that would help define American style and aesthetics.
Saarinen's most famous works in the Knoll collection are the Womb Chair and Tulip Chair, but he also designed a series of dining and side tables as well as office-oriented chairs. His architectural achievements include the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Dulles Airport in Washington DC.