CHI Good Questions: Chairs to Suit a Saarinen Tulip Table?

CHI Good Questions: Chairs to Suit a Saarinen Tulip Table?

Janel Laban
Mar 12, 2008

Kate is getting ready to shop and sent us an email: "Greetings, AT Chicago! I have a question I'm hoping you might be able to help me with. My girlfriend is going to be purchasing a Saarinen table for her dining room. She's going with a marble top (white) and I believe white (though possibly platinum) base.

I'm at a bit of a loss for which chairs to pair with the table. I've been thinking somewhere along the line of a dark wood, but I'm not married to this idea. I've been looking at Hovmand Olsen chairs, but again, I'm not sure.

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Any ideas? The only stipulation really is that we don't do leather. I don't think price is much of an issue, but I also don't think she wants to spend a boatload on each chair. Also, I'm an architect, so "to the trade only" items are fine. "

Kate, what a fun dilemma to have! As we said recently in this similar question about the Docksta table (worth checking out as well - lots of great comments in the thread), we think that most chairs look good around a tulip table - but we have to say the Hovmand Olsen chairs you are looking at would be a fantastic choice and counterpoint to the white marble-topped Saarinen. Nice deep, warm wood tone, rounded but edgy forms, classic vintage style - a hard combo to beat.

Let's see what the readers say...please leave your ideas and suggestions for Kate in the comments below...

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