A friend recently purchased a Saarinen tulip table and chairs, which I've always loved for their simplicity and clean lines. The tulip table is a classic that comes in various sizes, shapes and colours and will never go out of fashion. And it is so versatile that it can be used with many different styles. From casual to formal, from modern to rustic, this fits into practically any home.
Eero Saarinen was a native of Finland who moved to the U.S. to study sculpture and architecture. He then turned to furniture design and hooked up with Florence Knoll Bassett and Charles Eames. They became three of the biggest design names in history for their modern and organic furniture designs. Saarinen's Pedestal table and Tulip chair were created in 1956 when he worked for Knoll Associates, which still produces the collection today. His objective was to "clear up the slum of legs" in domestic furniture. Mission accomplished, and much, much more.
Which version is your favourite?