Smart Investing: Knoll Classics


Knoll Saarinen Dining Table

I believe that when you invest in classic modern furniture you get a 2 for 1 deal. You are purchasing an art sculpture for your home and a quality piece of furniture to live on and use everyday. I love the stamina and the history behind these classic modern designs and the idea that these pieces will be passed on to my children and grandchildren and that they’ll all appreciate how hip I am, or try to be at least.

Investing in furniture that is well made and has clean lines that I don’t tire of is one of the ways that I am environmentally conscious.   I’m not caught in the never ending buy-discard cycle.  Also, since quality furniture costs more, I have to be patient and can’t fill up a room with one quick shopping experience.   Going slowly insures that I’m buying what truely to speaks to me and the way I want to live in my space.

The 1956 Knoll Saarinen Dining Table is one of my favorite modern classics. You see this table at least once a month in Elle Decor, Dwell, Veranda, Arch Digest; home magazines that feature both modern and traditional homes. I love seeing how different designers stage this classic dining table. It’s fun to see the sleek Saarinen table look so smart and unexpected when paired with an ornate traditional chair. I opted for a clean lined chair but wanted dark stained wood to help balance the colder marble top. The Saarinen table is tough as nails so I don’t have to worry about my young children hurting it. The fact that the table has a base rather than legs lets the family pack around it during holidays.

The Knoll Saarinen table comes in a variety of finishes and is also great in the coffee and side table versions. From September 24 – October 3 the Knoll Saarinen table and other Knoll Space designs will be 15% off as part of the Annual Knoll Space Sale.

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2 Responses to “Smart Investing: Knoll Classics”

  1. Monika Says:

    What chair have you used with the Saarinen table? My husband is interested in the Tulip table, but I am at a loss of what to pair it with. I do not want to do the usual Tulip or Bertoia chairs, but quite like the chair above. It is a little reminiscent of Liaigre chairs.

    Also, how many chairs can you fit around the largest oval version of this table? 10 or 12?

    • brianhughes Says:

      I go for 10 at the large oval. This chair is a wonderful one we offer from Poltrona Frau. The classic lines of Saarinen allow you just about any chair you like … not to worry about Saarinen’s idea of a “slum of legs.” Give us a call, we’d love to help you find the right thing for you!


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