Vintage original Eero Saarinen Knoll International marble tulip dining table and Bertoia wire chairs dining set
A classic mid century dining set comprising an original white marble Eero Saarinen round tulip dining table matched to 6 original white and black Harry Bertoia wire chairs - both produced by Knoll International.
This is a classic combination of complimentary designs that both have their root in designs pioneered by Knoll since the 1950s and were so popular they are still produced today. The great beauty in both Sarrinen’s and Bertoia’s designs were that they used clean, simple lines that were ground breaking and innovative but have stood the test of item. You are therefore as likely to see this table and chairs in a mid century inspired home just as you would a modern dining room.
The table dates from the 1980’s but was lovingly on display in an apartment that was rarely used which means it is in impeccable condition with hardly a mark on the top or base and no chips on the edge; it also has the original Knoll International label still fixed to the underside. The chairs, on the other hand, have a more colourful past life and were obviously well used in their time.
It’s clear that the chairs have been re-powder coated in the white and black at some point in their life (which remains in very good condition) and two chairs show signs of re-welding in places as shown in the photos. You can see from the label shown that the chairs date from 1971 and all have the original vinyl seat and back cushions although only one retains the original label that often gets detached over the years. The re-welding can be typical of these chairs of this age as the coated chairs were designed so they could be used outside. On this basis the side wire supports can get detached from the frame as Knoll filed the welds on the edges to a chamfer for aesthetic reasons but this does result in a weaker weld joint. The set has therefore been priced with this in mind.
Overall the two designs create an eye catching centrepiece with the black bases on the chairs adding contrast to the white base of the table. The chairs, are also much more comfortable to sit in with the back rests which makes a surprising difference to the overall usability of Bertoia’s design.
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Vintage original Eero Saarinen marble tulip dining table and Bertoia chairs
Marble, aluminium, steel, vinyl
Modernist, Mid Century, 20th Century Design
Era or date of production
Table: Circa 1980-89
Table – H72 x W137 x D137 cm
Chairs - H73 x W54 x D58 cm
Seat height – 45cm
Number of pieces included in price
Very good vintage condition with minor signs of wear commensurate with age. Chair details as per the main description
Questions or offer
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