Kardiel Tulip Style Side Chair White Fiberglass, White Cashmere Wool

Many of the original Tulip chairs, which were all made of fiberglass, are still in use today. Nearly all reproductions today are constructed ABS plastic. With ongoing use, plastic chairs break at stress points under weight. Fiberglass was selected as the material for the Tulip series, by Eero Saarinen for its ability to provide a deep lustrous surface sheen and structurally, its long life. Dimensions to materials, Kardiel's reproduction respects the exact design of and structurally, its long life. Dimensions to materials, Kardiel's reproduction respects the exact design of the original. While actual fiberglass Tulip chairs do cost more than plastic, you may find the difference is not significant. The real difference is found in longevity and appearance. Fiberglass, it's what the originals wore. * True To Original: Cast Aluminum supporting base with a Rilsan coated finish to match * True to Original: Upper shell pure 100% molded dimension true Fiberglass * CA-117 High Density form fitting foam cushion * Cashmere Wool upholstery – durable, naturally stain resistant and breathes for seating comfort * 360 degree bearing swivel mechanism ensures longevity and a smooth rotation * Removable seat cushion makes maintenance a breeze * Base Floor protector pads * Chair dimension: Width 19″ x Depth 23″ x Height 32″ * Floor to seat: 17.5" * Circular base dimension: 15" Diameter HISTORY OF THE ICONIC TULIP CHAIR Does it get any more “Eero Saarinen” than the Tulip Chair and Table series? It should come as no surprise that an artists work is their signature. Comparing the tulip table and chairs, created in 1964/65 respectively, it is not difficult to see the relationship to Eero's other furniture pieces. A similar styling can be found in Eero Aarnio' ball chair. Not only did they share the same first name but a similar design flair. While available in many colors today, the original Tulip chair exclusively featured red wool fabric cushions. The chairs feature pure solid white molded fiberglass shells that rest on a aluminum cast base. Smooth with a gloss sheen and seamless appearing in design. The Tulip Chair went on to star in none other than Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek between 1966 and 1969. The bridge chairs were tulip chairs, with a slight modification. After the series ended, a few were salvaged. One recently auctioned for more than $18,000. History of the Original Designer, Eero Aarnio Eero Saarinen born 1910 was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer famous for his ability to master varying style. For example, he was accomplished in both simple, sweeping, arching structural curves and seemingly the opposite side of the spectrum, machine-like rationalism. He designed many important pieces of furniture including one of the most famous, the "Womb" chair and ottoman (1948). The "Tulip" or "Pedestal" group (1956), features side and arm chairs, dining, coffee and side tables, as well as a stool. Eero's designs were extensive, all were highly successful except for the "Grasshopper" lounge chair, which, although in production through 1965, was not a big hit. read more