Dating antique dining chairs

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It also has a tag on the bottom of it that says Stock - Table Top.

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To give your used Knoll table a fresh feel (and not a Trekky one), try matching it with an eclectic troupe of chairs. Thonet Café Chairs Nothing plays down the modernity of a vintage or used Knoll table like set of Thonet bistro chairs.

Thonet chairs’ open framework allows the tulip table’s sculptural beauty to peep through, while the chairs’ gracefully outturned legs mimic the tulip table’s sinuous stem.

It has 6 chairs (one with arms and the other five w/ none). (1) One tag says it was made by the Empire Chair Co. It also mentions Barnhardt Manufacturing Company on this same tag.

A childhood friend of Florence’s was Eero Saarinen.

In 1946, he was contracted by Knoll and designed his first Knoll furniture piece—the Grasshopper Chair. A pedestal was simple in theory, but one that would prove downright tricky to execute.

Other vintage Knoll furniture followed, including the ultimate curl-up-and-stay awhile chair, the Womb Chair. To design what would ultimately become the tulip table, Saarinen first penned drawings.

While the tulip table is an icon today, it reportedly wasn’t as well-received in 1958 when it was first released as part of Knoll’s Pedestal collection—some even went so far as to say it lacked soul.

Thankfully, this vintage Knoll table has since earned a legion of fans and has been recast as the LBD of the design world.

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