The Tulip Table and Its Biomorphic Expression

Biomorphism and Mid-Century Modern are two trends that practically emerged simultaneously, each in its own way and its own area. Biomorphism is an aesthetic trend, very recognizable, while Mid-Century Modern is a decorating style that’s based on the modernist philosophy and the approach of its designs. Some designs considered masterpieces, such as the Tulip table, are a perfect example of how both trends meet and go hand in hand to generate great works.

When the Finnish Eero Saarinen set out to create a table that was unlike any other existing table, he understood that he had to start by breaking paradigms and archetypes. The modern table was conceived as a piece with four legs, and it was the shape of a flower that suggested changing those legs for a single conical base that would give stability and balance to the structure.

Thus, the Tulip table became a whole collection of designs of different sizes and shapes, all with the characteristic of its biomorphic silhouette inspired by the flower that gave it its name. Later models such as the black Tulip table appeared and even some very faithful emulations such as the Tulip table replica by Manhattan Home Design.

Biomorphism, which is inspired by the smooth lines and curves characteristic of living beings to give life to their designs, became a trend that other legendary designers, such as the Japanese-American Isamu Noguchi, also knew how to apply this trend successfully to his works.