Tulip Table: The Aesthetics Revolution
Some designs become legendary for the masterful way in which they manage to combine the characteristics of a natural object with the minimal technical aspects that a piece of furniture should have.
In the case of the Tulip table, its biomorphic features, the soft curved lines that define its silhouette, and its striking appearance that conveys a delicate elegance was a revolution in 1956.
Tulip tables are actually a series of pieces known by that name. They have, as a common feature, the fact that, instead of having four legs, they all have a conical column that supports the tables’ surface.
Laminated wood and plastic are some of the resources that Finn Eero Saarinen used to turn this project into a tangible reality. Over time, variations appeared such as the black Tulip table, and other models with square, rectangular, oval surfaces and different sizes to be used as a coffee table, accent table, etc.
One of the most functional aspects of this design is due to the structural solution it provides since it’s a light table that successfully eliminates the uncomfortable four legs to give more freedom and dynamism to the user. That is an advantage that even the Tulip table replica has, and it’s the reason why many users select this piece as the focal point of their spaces.