Big thanks to Matthew for spotting a real gem on eBay – this Eero Saarinen-designed Knoll Tulip dining table and four chairs.
Designed as 'as an exercise in clarifying form', the design of the Tulip table and chairs is still ahead of its time, over 50 years since its debut. This is an authentic reissue, with this particular set issued by Knoll to Cube (Manchester's architecture and design gallery) to commemorate its opening in 1998. The item was later acquired by Graeme Russell, its founding director, who is selling it now.
According to the seller, the table (diameter 920mm) is in good condition with a few scratches, while two of the four chairs are in need of some repair, but are perfectly functional. So not perfect, but at the current auction price of £500 for the set, well worth a bid.
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How much do you like your classic chair designs? So much so that you'd be willing to wear them as jewellery? Well, that choice can be yours now with the Tiny Little Chairs pendants from Bruxe Design.
The necklaces are indeed both tiny, measuring 2 x 2cm each, and featuring chairs. Five chair icons in fact, all lovingly handmade on a miniature scale. There's the Pavilion pendant, which is basically Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair and then the Dining pendant, a mini version of Eero Saarinen's Tulip chair. The Eames' are well represented with the Scoop, Work and Bent pendant all being modelled on their designs.
Prices range from the seemingly affordable Bronze version of the Dining chair which retails for Canadian $140 (just over £80), to the out of my league Canadian $2500 for a gold Pavilion pendant. However, with that working out at just under £1500, that's still cheaper than the chair that inspired it.
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