(b) printed in black and red ink on paper label on base of chair seat u.c.: L WILLIAM LATCHFORD & SONS Pty. Ltd. / 50 LEXTON ROAD, BOX HILL, VICTORIA / 87 FOVEAUX STREET, SYDNEY, N.S.W. / AUSTRALASIAN LICENSEE / Knoll / K (K in a diamond) / International printed in black and red ink and inscribed in blue ballpoint pen on paper label on base c.: L WILLIAM LATCHFORD & SONS Pty. Ltd. / 50 LEXTON ROAD, BOX HILL, VICTORIA / 87 FOVEAUX STREET, SYDNEY, N.S.W. / AUSTRALASIAN LICENSEE / Knoll / K (K in a diamond) / International / UPHOLSTERED WITH NEW MATERIALS / · FOAM RUBBER · POLYETHER · PURE DOWN · COTTON WADDING · DACRON · / JOB No_B237 (B237 with dotted line underneath)_ _ _ _ ITEM _ 150 (150 with dotted line underneath)_ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by William Latchford & Sons Pty Ltd, 1968
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Much like his compatriot Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen was interested in pursuing a fluid, organic approach to design, although unlike Aalto, Saarinen wholly embraced the new synthetic materials emerging rapidly in the 1950s. In his revolutionary design for the Pedestal Group of chairs and tables, Saarinen’s intention was to produce the chairs from a single moulding process; however, the technology for plastics was not sufficiently advanced to allow this. Saarinen’s use of the pedestal base was the first of its kind in chair design. In achieving a visually unified design, Saarinen’s aim was to clean up the ‘slum of legs’.