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Monday, November 28, 2011

Finally! My Tulip Table is Here!

At long last, my tulip table arrived and is sitting in my breakfast room!  It's not really a "room" as much as it is a nook between the kitchen and family room.  This little area has been a work in progress ever since I decided to place a settee against the wall on one side of the table.  Adding the settee made my previous gateleg table too difficult to maneuver around, so I decided a pedestal table would do the trick.  I contemplated various styles but eventually decided on Eero Saarinen's iconic Tulip Table.  I had to be careful with a pedestal since I have little ones and don't want them to be able to pull the top over.  Because the tulip table would be a bigger purchase for me, I did a lot of research on whether to buy the version actually licensed by Knoll or whether to buy a replica.  The replicas range from the $100 Ikea version to versions made in Italy that aren't much cheaper than the Knoll table.  In the end, I decided to go with the Knoll table and ordered it from All Modern, since they have free white glove delivery and no tax (that saved me about $400 compared to ordering from DWR).  I looked at ebay and 1st Dibs at vintage versions but decided I to go with the new one.

I'm sure the delivery guys thought I was "country come to town" with the way I took pictures of them unloading and setting up the table.  I was too excited to care!

The base is unpacked and ready to go!  I love the way the white pops against my wood floors.

They screwed the top on to the base- it really does feel secure, which was my big concern since I have small children.

Here it is!  We have already eaten so many meals around it as a family.  It is just the right size!

I'll tell you about my breakfast room chairs on Wednesday!
 

9 comments:

Mary said...

I love your new table. What kind of top did you get?

Dina @ Honey + Fitz said...

Yes please tell us what you picked for a top. We have debated this table for over a year and always get stuck on marble or no marble. I love the look of marble but it seems like I'm asking for trouble by putting marble in such a high traffic area. Like you, ours would be in our breakfast nook where we eat every meal, feed the baby, do projects, etc.

The Matters of Style Girls said...

I went with the laminate top for now. Marble and little heads makes me nervous. When the children are older hopefully I can trade up! So far the laminate is holding up GREAT. So easy to keep it clean.

Loucinda said...

So glad it's here. It looks perfect!

kayce hughes said...

so exciting! it is beautiful

Jenny Castle Design said...

Love it - perfect for cozy and comfy dining!

Anonymous said...

Is that the 47" or the 54"?

The Matters of Style Girls said...

It's the 47-inch...

Tweaked Home said...

I've had this Knoll table in our breakfast room for 12 years.It is virtually indestructible and has survived 2 young children, hot pans, nail polish...you get the idea. The ONLY wear it has is hatch marks around part of the edge where someone cut it hmmm....
Use soft scrub on it and it will stay fresh and white..stains remove very easily.

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