Knoll is best known for the Knoll Tulip table, which has a table base resembling a stem, and a large table top. It was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1956, which is where many Knoll furniture pieces get their names! The tulip table is iconic and a silhouette many other designers have tried to replicate since, taking over 4 years to design!
If youre shopping for a dining room table, and need the perfect centerpiece for your dining room furniture, look no further than the Knoll tulip table. If by some manner youre not as captivated by this style table as we are, its totally fine. We have a few other recommendations as well. The Knoll Saarinen walnut top dining table (did we mention Eero Saarinen is a childhood friend of Florence Knoll? Small world, right?) or the Saarinen round dining table are also great choices. We also dig the Noguchi cyclone dining table, round polished marble table and Antenna table as well. Of course all great dining rooms need dining chairs, and we really love the Italian leather dining chairs as well as the Bertoia chrome dining chairs. If you want to shake things up, take the Cesura Marcel Bretteur cane chairs and sit them opposite a Florence Knoll bench for an added flair.
Next, we move into the knoll living room. If you have a small apartment, we love the Kardiel Florence knoll leather loveseat. The Jane Florence leather black sofa is also a great choice, complimented by the knoll velvet chair chrome armchair. If youre a fan of the Bertoria Knoll furniture, the chrome side chair is also a great choice. Complete your knoll living room with a Saarinen oval pedestal side table (the knoll Pedestal collection is iconic), Jensen mid century armchair, or the infamous Eero Saarinen womb chair and ottoman!
Ok were almost done talking living room furniture but one more thing. Coffee tables! If youre looking for a knoll coffee table, we recommend the Florence knoll glass coffee table, or the acrylic coffee tables if youre looking for something thats less space visually! The warren platter coffee table is also a great choice.
We talked about chairs a little bit earlier, but if you grab the tulip table, you must get the Saarinen tulip armless chair as well. The knoll lounge chairs are also a standout, as well as the Harry Bertoria chairs. If you need outdoor seating, also check out the knoll spark outdoor lounge chair! A few more knoll chair stars? Try the Thonet Caf Chairs, Modern Windsor Chairs. Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs and Louis XVI Side Chairs.
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Stoney Knoll sifting screens are built to the exacting standards required for field work in archaeology, paleontology, forensic science and law enforcement. They have been tested through years of service to provide optimal performance under the toughest conditions. Each sifting screen is hand-built in our family owned, coastal Maine, shop.
The screens are comprised of select, clear, New England White Pine - which is lighter than Southern/Yellow Pine or Ponderosa Pine and resistant to splitting and twisting - making our screens durable, yet surprisingly light and easy to carry. The White Pine we use is SFI certified - meaning that the wood which comprises our screens is sustainably forested. (For more information about the SFI program, visit www.sfiprogram.org.) We do not, and will not, use wood species whose harvesting may be attributed to environmental degradation. All wood is planed and sanded to eliminate rough edges prior to assembly. Rocking sifter handles are shaped for comfort during use.
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Starting in 2013 with the launch of the Barber & Osgerby collection of sofas, armchairs and ottomans, the brilliant collaboration between Knoll and the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby continues along the lines of the brands cultural heritage with a new collection of tables: Smalto.
Made entirely of enamelled steel, the design process was an exercise in purity and simplicity for the studio and the result is an exceptionally durable collection that is both contemporary and classic.
A table that stands out for its forceful graphic approach, a contemporary reinterpretation of the themes of the great design classics. The top takes an innovative technical approach, of tangible thickness in the softly curved borders, exploiting the sculptural potential of the material. The rounded volumes and enveloping forms, together with a support structure that offers stability in a composition of great visual lightness, make Smalto a perfect choice for various spaces in the home, responding to a wide range of different needs.
Steel top with porcelain enamel finishing, highly stratches-resistant. Honeycomb core to enhance resistence and to eliminate noise. Steel tubular legs in the same finish as the top, with adjustable polished glide and aluminium polished and protected rim.
The new Smalto table by Barber & Osgerby, in the round or longer versions with rounded ends, conquers the living area to become its protagonist, adding a unique touch to the spaces of contemporary living. The collection is a perfect blend of stylistic innovation and painstaking workmanship, as in the finishing of the metal using a process at high temperatures to achieve results comparable to vitrification. The tables have a grand presence, with large, inset tubular legs and a thick (32mm) table top, whilst still remaining perfectly proportioned the balance between the tables curves and its high gloss enamel finish gives the product a refined appearance. Enamelling has a really strong materiality and tactility that cannot be replicated in other finishes. The colours you can achieve through this process have a real depth and vibrancy and the finish is also extremely durable, perfect for a table top. - This is how the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby describe their new table collection. Smalto has a strong but friendly look, perfect at home in any decor. In a modern language, it reinterprets the skilful combination of aesthetic features like the various colors ranging from grey/green, to blue, to grey, to dark aubergine and structural details, obtained through the technology and craftsmanship that set Knoll apart in all its collections.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerbys Studio in East London is at the hub of the citys creative industries. Edward and Jay are internationally renowned designers, they challenge the boundaries of design in this country and abroad, and help to develop the next generation of designers through lectures, workshops and studio practice. Having obtained their Masters degrees in architecture at The Royal College of Art, they founded Barber & Osgerby in 1996. They bring different qualities to the practice but, whilst being conscious of, and informed by the past, both believe in innovation, and experimentation with form and new technologies within an ethical framework. Their work recognises the close relationship between design and fine art, as evidenced, for example, in their many installations. This strong foundation has led to collaborations with some of the worlds most progressive companies , and inspiring individuals, leading to recognition within the profession when they received the Jerwood prize in 2004, the accolade of Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) in 2007, and were awarded honorary doctorates by several institutions. In 2013 they received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the design industry.  Their design for the Olympic Torch in 2012 resonated with the wider public, and perhaps projects such as: The design for the 2 coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Double Space, 2014, the installation of revolving mirrors in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A London, and Forecast, the wind-powered installation displayed at Somerset House in London, for the first London Design Biennale, have a visibility which makes their studios creations accessible to a wider public. Their diverse output includes architecture, interiors, sculpture, product and exhibition design. Permanent and prestigious collections worldwide house examples of their work, including the V&A Museum, London; New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art; Londons Design Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Alongside their primary studio, in 2001 Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded Universal Design Studio, now recognised as one of the worlds most innovative creative design consultancies working in architecture, interiors, and exhibition design. In 2012 MAP was launched, a strategy-based industrial design studio that draws on the creative and commercial expertise of the Barber & Osgerby studio. For further information, please visit www.barberosgerby.com ---------------------- Notes to Editors  Barber & Osgerby clients both past and present include: Axor, B&B Italia, BMW, Flos, Galerie Kreo, Hermes, Knoll, Louis Vuitton, Magis, Venini and Vitra  Some of the awards presented to Barber & Osgerby have included: D&AD Yellow Pencil, Elle Decoration British Design Awards, Design Guild Mark, Design Museum Design of the Year, World Technology Award, Germany Design Award and Design Miami/Basel Designers of the Future.
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Eero Saarinen vowed to address the "ugly, confusing, unrestful world" he observed underneath chairs and tables -- the so-called "slum of legs." A five-year design investigation led him to the revolutionary Pedestal Collection, introduced in 1958.
With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen vowed to eliminate the "slum of legs" found under chairs and tables with four legs. He worked first with hundreds of drawings, which were followed by scale models. Since the compelling idea was to design chairs that looked good in a room, the model furniture was set up in a scaled model room the size of a doll house. Drawing on his early training as a sculptor, Saarinen refined his design through full scale models, endlessly modifying the shape with clay. What interests me is when and where to use these structural plastic shapes. Probing even more deeply into different possibilities one finds many different shapes are equally logicalsome ugly, some exciting, some earthbound, some soaring. The choices really become a sculptors choice. Saarinen was assisted by Don Petitt, of Knolls Design Development Group, who introduced several ingenious methods of model making. Together with a Knoll design research team, they worked out the problems arising in production. Full scale models became furniture and, with family and friends acting as guinea pigs, the furniture was tested in the dining room and living room of the Saarinen house in Bloomfield Hills.
The son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and his wife, textile artist Loja, Eero Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale before working on furniture design with Norman Bel Geddes and practising architecture with his father. He collaborated on several projects in furniture design with his friend, Cranbrook alumnus Charles Eames, and opened his own practice in Bloomfield Hills in 1950. Among the many buildings for which he is known are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was the recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions.
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With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen vowed to eliminate the "slum of legs" found under chairs and tables with four legs. He worked first with hundreds of drawings, which were followed by scale models. Since the compelling idea was to design chairs that looked good in a room, the model furniture was set up in a scaled model room the size of a doll house.
Drawing on his early training as a sculptor, Saarinen refined his design through full scale models, endlessly modifying the shape with clay. What interests me is when and where to use these structural plastic shapes. Probing even more deeply into different possibilities one finds many different shapes are equally logicalsome ugly, some exciting, some earthbound, some soaring. The choices really become a sculptors choice.
Saarinen was assisted by Don Petitt, of Knolls Design Development Group, who introduced several ingenious methods of model making. Together with a Knoll design research team, they worked out the problems arising in production. Full scale models became furniture and, with family and friends acting as guinea pigs, the furniture was tested in the dining room and living room of the Saarinen house in Bloomfield Hills.
With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen resolved the "ugly, confusing, unrestful world" underneath tables and chairs. The collection is a defining accomplishment of modern design and a timeless addition to your homea true classic.
Boasting an extensive portfolio of products ranging from office work systems and residential mid-century modern classics, to textiles and accessories, Knoll is a leader of modern and sustainable design. Iconic designs from classic designers such as Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Warren Platner, Isamu Noguchi and Florence Knoll herself make up a large component of Knoll's collection, along with innovative contemporary pieces. Knoll's products can be found in private residences and major art museums alike, including 40 products in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. read more...
Founded in 1938, Knoll's reputation for design integrity has a long and decorated history under the guiding principle: "good design is good business." Knoll invests in extensive research, field studies, customer collaborations, and partners with experts from the fields of architecture, organizational behavior, technology and business management to ensure that its products adapt and respond to the evolving needs of their customers. Environmental needs and requirements are not overlooked by the design house either. In fact, Knoll is also considered a leader in production practices that reduce waste, conserve natural resources and protect the biosphere.
Knoll has a strong international presence in the design world - headquartered in Pennsylvania, USA with showrooms across North America, Europe and represented by dealers throughout Latin America and Asia.
Eero Saarinen, was born in 1910 in Finland and in 1923 the family emigrated to the US. He studied architecture at Yale, graduating in 1934. A Yale scholarship enabled Saarinen to travel to Europe but he returned to the US in 1936 to work in his fathers architectural practice. When his father died in 1950, Eero Saarinen took over the practice. Saarinen taught at Cranbrook Academy where he met Charles Eames in the late 1930s. Experimenting with Eames, Eero Saarinen co-developed new furniture forms and the first designs for furniture made of molded, laminated wood. In 1940 Saarinen and Eames took part in the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition mounted by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
For Knoll International Saarinen designed a great many pieces of furniture, including the 1948 Womb Chair, which was designed to make those seated in it feel as secure and cozy as a fetus in the womb. The Pedestal Group, dating from 1955-56, is collection of chairs and tables made of plastic and featuring only one central leg ending organically in a round disc on the floor. The very successful Tulip Chair belonged to this group. Eero Saarinen says he wanted to abolish the miserable maze of legs. In 1951 he designed the Saarinen Collection for Knoll, consisting of the still popular line of Executive Chairs. These chairs transformed the notion of what executive seating could be with its sculptural form and modern finishings.
As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.
The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigr leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems as Knoll's mid-century modern furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.
Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies elegant Barcelona chair, Saarinens pedestal Tulip chair, Breuers tubular steel Wassily lounge chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of modernism.
Ancient Egyptians made practical use of the earliest four-legged tables of wood and rock their models bear striking similarity to our own antique, new and vintage dining room tables while common large medieval dining room tables in England were made of oak or elm. Romans and Greeks, renowned for big banquets that involved entertainment as well as good food, used early dining room tables made of marble or wood and metals such as bronze for meals.
Beginning in the mid-19th century, more American homes featured dining rooms, where families could gather specifically for a meal together. In the States, upper-class families were the first to enjoy dining room tables, which were the centerpiece of the dining room.
Dining room tables of the Victorian era were created in a range of revivalist styles inspired by neoclassical, Renaissance, Gothic and other traditions. Furnishings of the period were made of various woods, including oak, rosewood and mahogany, and referenced a variety of decorative arts and architectural motifs. Some dining room tables finished in the Rococo style feature gorgeous inlaid marble tabletops or other ornamental flourishes handcrafted by Parisian furniture makers of the 18th century.
In many modern spaces, there often isnt a dining room separate from the kitchen instead, they frequently share real estate in a single area. Mid-century modern dining room tables, specifically those created by designers such as Osvaldo Borsani, Edward Wormley and Alvar Aalto, are typically clean and uncomplicated designs for a dining area thats adjacent to where the cooking is done. Furniture of this era hasnt lost its allure for those who opt for a casual and contemporary aesthetic.
If youre of the modern mindset that making and sharing meals should be one in the same and perhaps large antique dining tables dont mesh well with your style consider a popular alternative. Working with a tighter space may mean that a round or oval dining room table, a design that references the festive meals of the medieval era, may be a better fit. Round dining room tables, particularly those that originated in the Art Deco period, still endure as a popular contemporary substitute for traditional rectangular dining tables. Giovanni Offredis Paracarro table for Saporiti Italia is a striking round table option that showcases the magnificent Italian industrial design of the 1970s.
No matter your style of choice, a shared meal is one of lifes true rewards. Why not treat your family and friends to a luxurious dining experience? Browse our top picks to find the perfect antique, new or vintage dining room table for this important occasion.
Eating meals alfresco is one of the great pleasures of warm weather, and a beautifully appointed space only heightens the experience. Get inspired by these delectable dining areas as you think about creating your own outdoor oasis.