Collection Online
Medium
aluminium, fibreglass, wool, velcro, zip, foam
Measurements
(a-b) 80.6 × 64.8 × 60.1 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Australia
Accession Number
1973.a-b-D5
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by William Latchford & Sons Pty Ltd, 1968
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
About

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’.

—text from Nordic Cool: Modernist Design (Feb 2015)