Knoll Saarinen Tulip Side Chair Swivel
  • Knoll Saarinen Tulip Side Chair Swivel
  • Knoll Saarinen Tulip Side Chair Swivel
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Knoll Saarinen Tulip Side Chair Swivel

Eero Saarinen might be considered by some to be a purist when it came to his approach towards architecture and interior design. He sought the essential idea and reduced it to the most effective structural solution within an overall unity of design. To that end, he designed the Tulip Chair in 1957 in terms of setting, rather than a particular shape. The Tulip is a single-legged chair made from fiberglass-reinforced resin. With Tulip, Saarinen realized his ideal form of unity: "Every significant piece of furniture from the past has a holistic structure."

Saarinen’s Tulip Chair won the prestigious Museum of Modern Art Award in 1969, the Federal Award for Industrial Design in 1969 as well as the Design Center Stuttgart Award in 1962. Each authentic Tulip Chair features the KnollStudio® logo and designer signature stamped into the base of the chair. The chair is available black or white, with arms or without and features an optional cushion available in various colors. Additionally, the Tulip Chair is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified.


  • Design Year: 1957
  • Base of chair made of cast aluminum in a rilsan coated finish
  • Shell of chair made of molded fiberglass with a reinforced, plastic bonded finish
  • Includes felt glides for hard floors
  • Upholstered foam cushion is sold separately
  • Chair features swivel mechanism

Eero Saarinen

Fiberglass Furniture