The Tulip Table

Now that's it's officially spring it's all about the season of the tulip.  

Of course I love tulips (hint hint Brad.  He somehow hasn't picked up on my prior flower hints.) but what I really love about tulips is the Eero Saarinen tulip table.  In fact we have a black vintage tulip base with a new wood top for our kitchen table.  When we move again I hope I have a larger kitchen dining area because I would like to keep my base but put a new white quartz oval top on it.  I love the look of carrera marble but I know we're not responsible enough to have it in our home.  Hello red wine rings and markers.

To quote Design Within Reach, "In a 1956 Time  magazine cover story, Eero Saarinen said that "the underside of typical tables and chairs makes a confusing, unrestful world," and that he was designing a new collection to "clear up the slum of legs in the U.S. home.""  I think that he is completely correct, sometimes it seems as if all you see is a sea of legs.  By having the one pedestal base helps keep your space clean and simple.  As you will see in the following photos you don't necessarily have to have a contemporary space to be able to pull off having a tulip dining table.  

 I'm so ready to spec a  Ro Sham Beaux  chandelier.  mother, i could so see this in your new kitchen!!

I'm so ready to spec a Ro Sham Beaux chandelier.  mother, i could so see this in your new kitchen!!

 Loving the gray chairs with the white table via  apartment therapy

Loving the gray chairs with the white table via apartment therapy

 i don't even drink coffee, but i kinda want to sit and have a cup in this little  b  reakfast nook .

i don't even drink coffee, but i kinda want to sit and have a cup in this little breakfast nook.

 the cat ties in perfectly with the chairs via  apartment therapy

the cat ties in perfectly with the chairs via apartment therapy

 i clearly love this kitchen a lot because i recently featured it for the  metal shelves .  but also take note of the  wishbone chairs , they are becoming quite popular

i clearly love this kitchen a lot because i recently featured it for the metal shelves.  but also take note of the wishbone chairs, they are becoming quite popular

 enzo mari's iconic apple and pear  art  

enzo mari's iconic apple and pear art 

 i almost bought ghost chairs to go along with our tulip table.  Then I got realistic, and realized that instead of clear chairs, they would be black with the dog hair that would instantly become a magnet for the chairs. via  homepolish

i almost bought ghost chairs to go along with our tulip table.  Then I got realistic, and realized that instead of clear chairs, they would be black with the dog hair that would instantly become a magnet for the chairs. via homepolish

 nature meets modern, via  home adore

nature meets modern, via home adore

 the green grasscloth accentuates the black and white pattern on the banquette

the green grasscloth accentuates the black and white pattern on the banquette

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 between the archway, the books, the table and chairs, chandelier, and rug, you would never notice the ugly linoleum.  designed to perfection! via p op sugar

between the archway, the books, the table and chairs, chandelier, and rug, you would never notice the ugly linoleum.  designed to perfection! via pop sugar

 this nook is all about the artwork via  the Kitchn

this nook is all about the artwork via the Kitchn

Of course if you really want to up the contemporary feel, add tulip chairs.  The chairs have such a 1960's feel, yet is still current in modern homes of today.  

 A Parisian apartment via  architectural digest

A Parisian apartment via architectural digest

 To think the table and chairs were found in an 18th century attic of an old barn, via  Knoll

To think the table and chairs were found in an 18th century attic of an old barn, via Knoll

A Kelly Wearstler take on the tulip table.  Kelly + tulip table + gold = perfection.

Thanks so much for reading!  Happy spring!

Tucker