How to spot a genuine Saarinen Tulip Table. The table has a chrome plaque underneath the table, inscribed with Knoll Studio, as well as Eero Saarinen's signature and the year 1956. The base is heavy, made with moulded cast aluminium protected with rilsan. The top is available in a wide choice of marbles, wood veneers, and white laminate. The marble top is 2cm thick; white laminate is 3cm thick. These tables are available round or oval in a large range of sizes. If this entire range is not available to order from the stockist you are considering, or the plaque isn't there, it is a copy. Many of the fake marble tables use Carrera marble, which is typically used for butcher's blocks in Italy. It is around 30% cheaper as a raw material and has a fuzzy grey vein design that is a poor comparison to the Arabescato from Knoll. Finally, all Knoll marble Tulip tables have a special polyester coating, which makes the table a practical choice in a busy home. The polyester coating is now available in a choice of classic, which has a polished mirror-like appearance or satin, which is almost completely matt. Each table has four separate coats of the special polyester layer, which prevents staining, thus ensuring it will cope even in the most hectic home with young children and pets.
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