Dating antique dining chairs
In 1946, he was contracted by Knoll and designed his first Knoll furniture piece—the Grasshopper Chair. A pedestal was simple in theory, but one that would prove downright tricky to execute.Other vintage Knoll furniture followed, including the ultimate curl-up-and-stay awhile chair, the Womb Chair. To design what would ultimately become the tulip table, Saarinen first penned drawings.Saarinen wanted to construct his table and chairs of fiberglass, but structurally, the medium wasn’t sturdy enough.Ultimately, he settled on a base made of cast aluminum with a Rislan coating and a customizable tabletop (customers' options were marble, wood veneer, or laminate).While there’s a definite generation gap, both Louis XVI chairs and tulip tables have an underlying femininity which makes them a match.I found this amazing dining room set that I was curious to know the value of.Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs To turn your vintage or used Knoll table into an installation piece, try syncing it up with Hans Wegner’s artfully bowed wishbone chairs.Wishbone chairs are unique in that their arms double as their back.
Choose black Windsor chairs for a bold, clean look.While the tulip table is an icon today, it reportedly wasn’t as well-received in 1958 when it was first released as part of Knoll’s Pedestal collection—some even went so far as to say it lacked soul.Thankfully, this vintage Knoll table has since earned a legion of fans and has been recast as the LBD of the design world.If you’re using your vintage Knoll table to seat four or more, stick with the armless Thonet chairs, but for a true bistro table where you only need to seat two, consider Thonet’s armed café chair.Modern Windsor Chairs Tulip tables are curvilinear masterpieces, which makes a straight-backed Windsor chair seem like a jesting choice, but like they say, opposites attract.