A chair with flair: Tulip chair reproduction

A chair with flair

Get the look of Eero Saarinen’s tulip chair for less.

Knoll, Inc.

The original Eero Saarien tulip chair sells for $1,440 at Knoll.

Finnish designer Eero Saarinen designed the tulip chair in 1955 to “clear up the slum of legs in the U.S. home.” Originals sell at Knoll for US$1,440. The cast-aluminum spindle base elegantly props up a teardrop fibreglass seat with a red fabric cushion. Sitting in it feels like you’re the chardonnay atop the stem of a delicate wine glass. The Canadian company Nuevo makes a quality version called the Anile (HGYH117) that sells for C$290 at Toronto’s Urban Mode. Other online retailers like Amazon.com also offer it. The Anile has the same sleek lines as the original, with a lightweight fibreglass frame, comfortable back contour and detachable cushion. A set of four makes a beautiful bouquet.