Eero Saarinen once claimed that ‘the underside of typical tables and chairs makes a confusing, unrestful world.’From a design perspective, the wasted space and mess of legs just wouldn’t do. In late 1956, he created the Pedestal table that had one central leg and was inspired by a drop of liquid. The iconic Tulip Dining Table was born, with its big rounded top and single smooth leg that curves outward like a trumpet before reaching a circular base.
It is a stunning statement table, unlike anything that preceded it and provides much more leg room for those seated around it. If you’ve always wanted to get your hands on one of these mid-20th century design classics, or only just been introduced, here are some compelling reasons you need a Tulip table in your life:
- Visually dramatic
The design might be minimalistic, but you’ll realise that you need little in the way of decoration to make this table stand out. The simple design offers beautifully clean lines and in smooth white, all eyes will be drawn to it. Choose chairs of a similar shape and design, hang a light fixture directly over it, pop on a bright, colourful vase or bold patterned plates and hey presto, you have a stunning contemporary look with ease. For your very own Tulip Dining Table, visit Pash Classics.
- Art that’s for every day
Yes, the table can be classed as a work of art, but it carries no airs and graces. It does not have to be reserved for dinner parties and fine dining. Its beauty is in its versatility, it doesn’t even need to go in a dining room. It suits kitchen diners, office spaces and dining rooms alike. Set it off by pairing with chrome or wood and a touch of greenery and this table looks fantastic anyway!
3. Strong and beautiful
Whilst it might be tempting to place in the centre of a room and just stare at it, this is a table that cries out to be used. That single leg is incredibly strong and with a heavy base, you can rely on its strength and durability. It will not topple over because it is as sturdy as it is stunning.
4. Lights up any space
It matters not where this table goes, an alcove in an office, a kitchen, conservatory, sun room or dining room, it has the magic touch of looking good anywhere. Thanks to its unique design, it can more easily be squeezed into smaller spaces than a conventional table, without compromising on available surface area.
- Totally timeless
Even 63 years after its original debut, the Tulip table continues to dazzle. It is a design that has stood the test of time thanks to its versatility and ability to blend effortlessly with many different styles. Whether you place the table in a Scandi-inspired interior, a Hollywood glam décor, a contemporary minimalist setting or retro-themed home, the Tulip table stands strong.