Eero Saarinen’s tulip table and chairs were designed by the award winning architect and industrial designer in 1955 for the Knoll furniture company of New York City. These pieces, considered “space age” at the time because of their futuristic curves and artificial materials – the top shell is molded fiberglass with a reinforced, plastic bonded finish and the base is cast aluminum with a rilsan-coated finish to match the upper shell fiberglass, making the whole unit appear as if it were one single unit – are even today deemed classics of modern industrial design.
“2015 – Earth Day’s 45th anniversary – could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. The year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty. The year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy solutions. These are tough issues but we know what’s at stake is the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth. On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.” (excerpted from Earth Day Network)
…and remember: Retropolitan can provide you with an exciting way to be green: we showcase and resell vintage and antique items so you can reuse and repurpose!
Adrian Pearsall (1925-2011) was trained as an architect but quickly left that world for furniture design. He founded Craft Associates in the early 1950s with his brother Richard.
Known for its mass-produced pieces at a medium price range, Craft Associates became known for its daring designs: while Adrian Pearsall’s “look” began with the low, bow-front day bed, he soon established his ethos by using sculptural walnut and stunning colors and color combinations – often influenced by women’s fashions, for his pieces – often gondola sofas, tilt back chairs, free form tables.
Join Retropolitan Fine Antiques & Vintage and Annapolis’ own Great Frogs Winery for an event featuring Prohibition era cocktails on Saturday, September 14th. This event will benefit the great works of Talisman Therapeutic Riding. Finger foods will be served. Prohibition era dress is suggested, but optional.
Tickets can be purchased in-store at Retropolitan and on the Talisman Therapeutic Riding website here.
Pictured here is a grouping of three Plexiglass lamps manufactured by Moss in the mid-1950’s available now at Retropolitan
The Moss Manufacturing Company was established in San Francisco in 1937. It originally produced traditional metal lighting with long-stemmed bases and a lamp shade. World War II and the rationing of metal forced the company to come up with a new and innovative material with which to manufacture lamps: Plexiglass! With this new and unconventional material came new and unconventional designs. The company plugged (no pun intended!) its new products as “conversation pieces,” and indeed they were, and still are.
White tulip table and chairs on the mid-century modern floor at Retropolitan
The “tulip chair” was originally designed for Knoll in the late 1950’s but rose to popularity with Star Trek in the early 1960’s on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise. A smart sample of the industrial design, the curves and sleek lines of this set are still a favorite of interior designers looking to make a statement. Stop by Retropolitan’s mid-century modern floor to see if this tulip table and chair set may just be the statement that you’re looking to make.