18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
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’.