Saarinen Dining Table
Round Surface, 54" Wide
designed by Eero Saarinen
At A Glance:
The Saarinen Dining Table is aptly described as having graceful curves and polished surfaces. And with a pedestal base beyond compare it is slight, modern, and impossibly elegant. Created by (you guessed it) Eero Saarinen, this is the ultimate distillation of a kitchen or dining room table. Perfectly round, perfectly symmetrical, and perfectly modern, it's a classic piece from an all time great designer.
What's To Like:
- The table is a true classic - we're not just saying that!
- Having one in your home is a like having a work of art (that you can eat on).
- It's also like having a work of art that you've collaborated on, because it's available in a wide range of finishes and materials.
What's Not to Like:
This is an uber-modern table. If your kitchen is wood accented, or has a rustic or southern feel, this table can really clash with what you've got going on. It's sleek and contemporary, to a fault. But if you love it, you probably know just where to use it.
The Bottom Line:
The Eero Saarinen Dining Table is - first and foremost - a pure table. It is the work of an essentialist who boiled concepts and functions down to their basic attributes. The Saarinen Dining Table is an effectively beautiful structure, but never a showy or unnecessary one. From Saarinen himself: "The underside of typical chairs and tables makes a confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs." To accomplish this, the Saarinen Dining Table is on a pedestal, unencumbered by the "slum of legs," and easy to use for the whole family.
The chance to own an all time classic piece of furniture is hard to pass up. But make sure it's going to fit into your kitchen or dining room!
- Overall dimensions: 28.25" h x 54" diameter
- Seats up to 6
- Cast aluminum base
- Black and white bases have a Rilsan finish
- Platinum base has a polyurethane enameled, clear satin finish
- Top is marble, laminate, or wood, according to your choice
- Some assembly required
Care and maintenance:
It is strongly recommended that placemats be employed when using the table. As with any piece of furniture, we recommend that you use adequate heat protection when placing hot dishes on your table.
This table has a metal base. Lift table when moving it or place floor-protecting pads on the bottom of the base to ensure that your floor is not marked or damaged.
The Saarinen Dining Table has a marble, laminate, or wood top along with a cast aluminum or platinum base. Black and white bases are coated in a tough Rilsan finish.
28.25" h x 54" w
Coated vs. Natural Marble:
Coated Marble: has a transparent polyester coating that creates a non-porous surface to prevent use-associated stains. This polyester coating may yellow over time but will make the marble most durable over its lifetime.
Natural Marble: has a penetrating sealer to protect the stone from aging and staining. This sealer must be renewed periodically. The natural marble requires maintenance but will not yellow over time.
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
- Certified Clean Air GOLD
With the Pedestal Collection, Eero Saarinen vowed to eliminate the "slum of legs" found under chairs and tables with four legs. He worked first with hundreds of drawings, which were followed by ¼ scale models. Since the compelling idea was to design chairs that looked good in a room, the model furniture was set up in a scaled model room the size of a doll house.
Drawing on his early training as a sculptor, Saarinen refined his design through full scale models, endlessly modifying the shape with clay. “What interests me is when and where to use these structural plastic shapes. Probing even more deeply into different possibilities one finds many different shapes are equally logical—some ugly, some exciting, some earthbound, some soaring. The choices really become a sculptor’s choice.”
Saarinen was assisted by Don Petitt, of Knoll’s Design Development Group, who introduced several ingenious methods of model making. Together with a Knoll design research team, they worked out the problems arising in production. Full scale models became furniture and, with family and friends acting as “guinea pigs,” the furniture was tested in the dining room and living room of the Saarinen house in Bloomfield Hills.