What Makes The Tulip Table Such a Special and Legendary Design?

Posted by Eloy on Oct 20th 2021

One of the main characteristics why the Tulip table, designed by Eero Saarinen, is considered a revolutionary model is its central column, a distinctive aspect of its structure. The conical base, so acclaimed by the specialized critics and received with open arms by the modernist-loving public, wasn't an arbitrary inclusion but the result of several years of study.

Saarinen discovered that thanks to the die-casting of aluminum, it was possible to disappear the classic legs and replace them with a single support that would give the whole piece firmness and stability. The Tulip table collection is known for the monolithic shape of its different designs. It's a very versatile composition scheme; the evidence of this is the wide variety of options available that vary in the shape of the top: round, oval, square, rectangular, etc. It's a series of pieces so famous that, even after several decades, it's still known throughout the world.

The New Modernism Expressed In a Table

Tulip tables appeared in 1956 and were pieces that showed a futuristic character. Cleanliness in a design devoid of ornamental details is something very typical of Modernism. Besides, the presence of biomorphic features, with smooth curved lines that emulate the forms of nature, was a trend that had been gaining more and more popularity since the appearance of the first designs of the Mid-Century Modern style. Saarinen's pieces were a powerful statement of novelty and a successful way to consolidate a trend that was the pure expression of the time.

Many are the styles in which the users have integrated the Tulip table due to its remarkable versatility. You can place it in the kitchen for extended use or in the dining room for occasional use. Some consider it the table par excellence, and it's possible to find it in all kinds of environments and layouts almost anywhere in the world. The way it has been able to endure through ages and trends makes it a legendary item. Together with the Tulip chairs, they make up a true family of pieces that represent an unrivaled aesthetic and functional achievement.

Although the Tulip chairs are part of the same family created by the same designer, only one in three customers decides to combine the table with the chairs from the collection. That's very common and acceptable, considering that the table looks stunning when combined with all kinds of chairs. Some faithful and affordable replicas, like the Tulip table replica from Manhattan Home Design, are a favorite of many people looking for a reliable alternative to the original piece.

If you buy a Tulip table reproduction, we recommend that you don't place more than six chairs around it, no matter how large it is, since that's the suggestion of the experts to use it in the most comfortable and functionally appropriate way.

Remember that, after all, one of the most remarkable pieces of the twentieth century deserves to be exhibited, used, and admired in its proper measure. To learn about all the different options for Tulip tables, visit the Manhattan Home Design online catalog.


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