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"Pedestal" Chair

Designed by Eero Saarinen, American (born Finland), 1910 - 1961. Made from 1956 by Knoll, Inc., New York, established 1938.

Made in New York, United States, North and Central America

Designed 1955-1957

Fiberglass-reinforced plastic, lacquered cast aluminum, wool upholstery

31 x 26 x 23 3/4 inches (78.7 x 66 x 60.3 cm) Seat (height): 15 3/4 inches (40 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Gregory M. Harvey, 1973

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In 1940, Saarinen submitted several molded shell chairs, designed in collaboration with Charles Eames, in the Museum of Modern Art's Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Following that event, Saarinen was preoccupied by the molded shell concept for nearly twenty years. The "Pedestal" chair, conceived by Saarinen around 1955, was part of a series of chairs, stools, and tables that had a single supporting stem to "clear up the slum of legs."