great creative minds are great problem solvers, too: they think differently, question certainties and break rules. and in design, this is how things are sometimes created for eternity – like the „pedestal“ series by elio saarinen. here his great design results from a practical problem: too many legs. he wanted to “clear up the slum of legs” underneath tables and chairs.
after extensive research, revisions and modeling the solution was simplicity itself: reduce the number of legs by perfectly balancing statics and appearance. a flash of genius that resulted in a whole „pedestal collection“ designed for Knoll in 1958: pure, sculptural and timeless. and if you look closely, these objects show that saarinen was not only a trained architect, but had also studied sculpture in paris before that.
in addition to our wonderful saarinen pedestal table with six matching chairs (have a look here) we found two tulip ashtrays. now you can go for the complete „mad men“ feeling – or, if you’d prefer, for the great time of the jet set lifestyle: these tulips were best known from the twa flight center at the jfk airport, new york (also designed by saarinen). ready for take-off!