Saarinen Table – Contemporary Design

Saarinen Table

Eero Saarinen was a Finnish architect and designer born American, although born in Finland, Eero Sarineen soon moved to the United States, he graduated from Yale and completed his studies at the Cranbook Institute of Architecture and Design, whose father was an administrator. And with his father Eero Sarineen worked a long time, working in the same studio.

Eero Sarineen immediately oriented its activities towards architecture and interior design, absorbing and being influenced, but reworking in a very personal way, the various movements of the time, especially the Modern Movement and Organic Architecture.

One of his most famous creations is the Saarinen Table.

Pedestal Table with cast aluminum painted white, black or aluminum.


There are doubts about the history of the series of tables with pedestal, but it is certain that the chairs were developed before the tables.

He said that he began drawing Saarinen chairs in 1953, while it seems that Don Petit, assistant Saarinen, has said that the first drawings were made in 1955 and the final versions of the chairs were finished in 1956.

The work began on the tables after 1956 and was the last series of furniture designed by Saarinen before his untimely death in 1961. The group of mobile pedestal Saarinen was the attempt to solve the problem of the “slum of legs” and to eliminate visual clutter.

From his earliest works in collaboration with Eames, Saarinen continued to work on the problem of the “mobile workforce”, ie the mobile in a single form and in a single material. Visually, the group of mobile pedestal has an organic unity.

However, given the technical limitations of the period, Saarinen was unable to do this series with a single mold and a single printed material. The base was made of cast aluminum because the molded plastic in such a form was not strong enough to hold a table top or the weight of a seated person.

Therefore, from this point of view, Saarinen considered this project a failure, hoping one day to find a plastic material strong enough to solve the problem without compromising the beauty of the finished object