The Saarinen pedestal table is another oft-counterfeited design that’s been around since 1956. Created by Eero Saarinen (designer of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Dulles International Airport among other things), these tables feature tops available in laminate, coated and natural marble and natural granite top finishes, in a wide range of colors. The bases are constructed from molded, cast aluminum strap polished and coated in tough, abrasion-resistant rilsan finish.
Available as a dining table, side table or cocktail table with various shapes, sizes, heights and finish options this highly customizable design fits in spaces that range from traditional single family homes in the suburbs to modern loft penthouses in the city.
*For orders over $500 being delivered to the DC Metro Area.
The Knoll Classics Sale
15% Off Classic Designs From:
- Mies van der Rohe
- and Schultz
Monday, February 25th, 2013 – Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
The 2012 Knoll Space Sale is in full swing here at Vastu and we’re seeing some great ideas come alive in client orders. If you’re still waiting on placing your own order, check out these great photos from past projects that include some iconic Knoll pieces.
Don’t forget, the Knoll Space Sale lasts through September 30th and includes Free In-Home White Glove Delivery for orders to the DC Metro Area.
See you soon!
With a variety of marble and wood veneers tops and multiple heights and diameters there’s a table to match everyone’s style.
$799| Sale Price: $679.15
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One of our designers came across a great article the other day about the marble tops Knoll, Inc uses in several of their designs such as the Saarinen Table series.
Justin Pratt, a studio manager for Knoll UK, provided the original author with some great facts about the marble Knoll sources.
“The white marble that Knoll uses comes from caves high in the mountains in northern Italy and is considered to be the most pure of all the different marbles. It is the same marble that Michelangelo used for his sculptures. Of this most pure of natural materials Knoll selects only the top 4%. So when you buy a Knoll Saarinen table in marble you own one of the great designs of all time, produced in the finest of materials.”
As if you didn’t have enough reasons to appreciate your Saarinen table from Knoll! Think about it, the top 4% of some of the best marble in the world. If it’s good enough for Michelangelo, it’s good enough for us!
Pratt goes onto to describe the process Knoll goes through to create its marble pieces:
“One of marble’s defining qualities is the beauty of the raw material so we do very little tampering with it. Once the piece of marble has been cut and shaped and finished by hand, a polyester coating is added to the surface. Only Knoll uses polyester to protect the marble and the result is a table that cannot be stained by tea, coffee, wine, lemon juice and most other household stains that could permanently mark the marble without this protection. This polyester coat allows children to do their worst during the day and then with a quick clean the table is ready for a formal dinner party.”
We’ve always loved the durability and iconic status of Knoll’s Saarinen tables. Check out the photo gallery below to see how we’ve used marble-topped pieces from Knoll in past projects!
- Saarinen Oval Dining Table Emperador Dark marble top, white base
- Saarinen Oval Table Arabescato marble top, white base
- Saarinen Coffee Table Calacatta marble top, white base
- Florence Knoll Credenza Arabescato marble top
- Saarinen Oval Dining Table Arabescato marble top, white base
- Florence Knoll Credenza Calacatta marble top
- Saarinen Oval Coffee Table Emperador Dark marble top, white base
- Saarinen Oval Dining Table Arabescato marble top, white base
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“Is $14,500 excessive for a custom made marble dining table? … We chose our slabs out of an available 9 slabs. Table is 96″x 48″ with a matching marble pedestal base. Pattern is a unique pattern found in a quarry in China–linear array of chocolate brown, light beige, grey and putty clay color. The marble store is high end…. I’m ready to spend money but I’m not used to it so wondering if I’m off the deep end! We will have it for as long as we live in this house (10+yrs).”
So we all know that marble is expensive, that’s a fact of life. But when does expensive turn “excessive”? In the case of your 96″x48″ slab table, $14,500 isn’t completely unreasonable. Knoll makes a large oval Saarinen dining table 96″x54″ in their White Extra marble that runs $14,236, which you can see on the product page is the highest price for a Knoll Saarinen dining table. However, you can get the same size table from Knoll in a natural Carrara or Emperador Dark marble for only $6,091 which is less than half of your price and Knoll’s most expensive Saarinen table.
You want to know if you’re going off the deep end. My answer is no, but you are at the top end of the reasonable range.. Investing in a large marble table is just that, an investment. You plan on having it for several years and can even consider it a heirloom if you have children and want to pass it down to them. There are definitely cheaper alternatives when it comes to marble tables, but as long as you know that and are comfortable with your expenses than you shouldn’t regret your decision.
[Side Note: Knoll has a marble called Calacatta which has an ivory white background and features strong gold random veins with additional veins varying from cream to green and grey. Sounds slightly similar to the one you described. A large oval table in this marble from Knoll is $9,223 for coated or $12,173 for the natural finish.]
Womb chair, Saarinen table, Tulip chair, Dulles Airport…what didn’t Eero Saarinen accomplish in his lifetime?
Famous for furniture designs, as well as some amazing architecture, Saarinen is one of several classics designers whose products are part of the Knoll Classics Sale.
“The son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and his wife, textile artist Loja, Eero Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale before working on furniture design with Norman Bel Geddes and practicing architecture with his father. He collaborated on several projects in furniture design with his friend, Cranbrook alumnus Charles Eames, and opened his own practice in Bloomfield Hills in 1950. Among the many buildings for which he is known are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was the recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions.” (via Knoll)
Classic, yet modern and timeless, here are just a few pieces that you can still order for your home (for 15% off).
Check out our great window display for the Knoll Classics Sale (Monday, February 27th – Sunday, March 4th).
We’ve filled it full of fantastic pieces from Harry Bertoia. Including the… Read more
Starting Monday, February 27th, you’ll be able to take 15% off classic designs from Knoll.
This includes pieces designed by:
- Harry Bertoia
- Marcel Breuer
- Florence Knoll
- Warren Platner
- Jens Risom
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
- Eero Saarinen
15% Off with The Knoll Classics Sale
Monday, February 27th – Sunday, March 4th, 2012
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Vastu art dealer, Brian Petro was recently on tv alongside Eric Kole. Okay, well, Brian wasn’t physically there, but some of his art was!
In charge of finding new and exciting art and artists to showcase in our showroom, Brian has been a friend of Vastu’s for quite some time. He occasionally has exhibitions in our space and you can even seee him at work during one of the many open studios that occur throughout the year.
For his episode of HGTV’s Showhouse Showdown, Eric used three of Brian’s pieces from his Grocery series. They beautifully adorned the wall in the family room and looked great next to the Finland Sectional and Bowie Swivel Chairs from Steven Anthony and the Saarinen coffee tables from Knoll.
Read more about Brian Petro’s Grocery series in this past Design Clique post and be sure to stop by Vastu as Brian is offering 30% off of any purchase of work that’s in his studio. Call for appointments – (202) 270-7352. The studio is here at Vastu – 1829 14th street, NW, Washington DC. Hours are 11 am to 7 tues-sat, sunday 12-5.