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Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair

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The Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair reflects the progressive, minimalistic style of renowned designer Eero Saarinen. Part art piece and part seating solution, the Tulip Chair offers a streamlined mid-century modern design that will add a warm and sophisticated spark to any environment. Knoll Tulip Chairs feature removable upholstered foam seat cushions for long term comfort. Choose from a number of fabrics and a white, black or platinum frame.

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Arms - Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair

The Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair is available with or without arms.

Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair arms

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Base - Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair

Select a swiveling base or a fixed base for your Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair.

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Shell Finish - Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair

The Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair is available in three different shell finishes.

Knoll Risom Side Chair fabrics cotton

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Fabric - Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair

The Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair's seat cushion is available in the following fabric options.


Mariner textiles offer a low-cost, robust fabric option available in your choice of bold colors. Weave structure gives it good depth and texture, suited for home or office seating.

Knoll Mariner fabrics

Classic Boucle

Calling to mind a long tradition of hand-woven upholstery textiles, with its rich, nubby texture, Classic Boucle, with choices such as Aegean and Cayenne, gives a bold kick of color to any upholstery.

Knoll Classic Boucle fabrics

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Featuring small planets (or satellites) of color set against a solid background, made with a blend of polyester and rayon, Satellite fabrics offer good resilience and add a quirky look to upholstery.

Knoll Satellite fabrics


Reminiscent of classic Knoll Textiles, Arno is comprised of two colors of specially twisted wool yarn, set in a simple weave to create a unique grid pattern. Made from wool and nylon.

Knoll Arno fabrics

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Cato textiles, with their exaggerated weave texture, recall traditional hand weaving methods. Iconic in textile circles, Cato is made from a blend of 86% wool and 14% rayon.

Knoll Cato fabrics

Knoll Velvet

George Costanza said he wished it was socially acceptable to drape yourself in velvet. Well, here's your chance. Enjoy this extensive line of Knoll Velvet textile options.

Knoll Velvet fabrics

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Leather - Grade 1

Volo Leather

Finished cowhide, corrected grain and raised texture

Knoll Volo leathers

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Leather - Grade 4

Ducale Leather

Embossed shrunken grain cowhide with protective finish, full grain

Knoll Ducale leathers

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Leather - Grade 5

Prima Leather

Full aniline, special oils provide a very elegant and supple hand

Knoll Prima leathers

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The Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair is known as a modern classic that offers a sophisticated yet playful quality to any space. The Tulip Chair's influential design won the Museum of Modern Art Award in the late 1960s, one of many honors Knoll and acclaimed designer Eero Sarrinen collected following the chair's original release in the late 1950s. This unique single-legged chair provides an ultra-modern spark to the home, office or any space as well as comfort with its sloping shell design and removable foam seat pad.

Features - Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair

  • Durable contoured shell crafted from molded fiberglass and reinforced with sleek plastic bonded finish
  • Available in black, white or platinum shell finish
  • Removable foam cushion manufactured with Velcro fastening and zipped cover
  • Choose from a fixed or swiveling base
  • Base constructed using quality cat aluminum and Rilsan coat finish
  • Chair is available in a number of Knoll fabric and leather options

Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair Specifications
    Overall Dimensions 20" W x 32" H x 21.25" D
    Seat height 18.5" H
    Environmental impact Chair is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® for low-emitting products

    Disclaimer: We do not accept cancellations or order revisions for any Knoll items ordered. See Knoll's No Cancellations or Revisions Policy for details.

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    Professor Ergo's Thoughts:

    Designer Eero Saarinen broke the side chair down to its most essential parts when creating the award-winning and world-renowned Knoll Tulip Chair. The Tulip Chair is simple and minimalistic, but it's also high on style and comfort. You can tailor the chair to best suit your decor with several different fabric options for the comfortable seat pad and three sleek frame finishes.

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