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It's cult: the Tulip armchair

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Created in 1956 and still on sale, Knoll's Tulip armchair remains a very modern design must-have. Zoom on this Knoll Tulip armchair and its heirs ...

Always edited identically, the Knoll Tulip Armchair is available with white or black hull, fixed or swivel foot (h 81 cm). Its price is very pretty: it is sold from € 1,280.

Knoll's Tulip armchair, what is it?

It was in the mid-1950s that the Finnish designer Eero Saarinen set himself the goal of "ridding the house of all this miserable jumble of feet that clutter it", creating an armchair (but also a chair and different formats of tables) resting on one central foot. Thus is born the Tulip collection, edited by Knoll. Harmoniously interconnected, the two parts of the chair (fiberglass reinforced plastic shell and aluminum foot) look like one piece.

Why this Tulip success?

It was during the Second World War that the navy (army) began using fiberglass-enriched plastic. Designers quickly take ownership of this new lightweight material with high rigidity, which allows them to propose new forms. Sculptural, fluid and slender, the Tulip armchair is the perfect illustration. Marketed in black and white, it meets an immediate success worldwide. In 1969, he moved to the MoMA in New York.

Why do we continue to love Knoll's Tulip armchair so much?

For the same reasons as it was created. Its seat is nice, it is compact and neutral enough to blend in with all the interiors. And then, it is especially practical: thanks to him, the feet do not bump around the table anymore. Finally, you can customize it to your liking, the seat slab can be dressed in many fabrics in various colors: red, green, yellow, purple ...

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