Art: Dining on a Stem

Twentieth century architects have managed to clean up much of the clutter inside and outside their buildings, but one spot has been missed: the area below the knees. This point came forcibly to Architect Eero Saarinen's attention about five years ago, when he "suddenly noticed that even the most modern room was a slum of legs." Last week Architect Saarinen took the wraps off a slum clearance project that he has been coaxing along secretly for four years at his Bloomfield Hills, Mich, office (TIME, July 2). His solution: a revolutionary design for one-legged, pedestal-based chairs, dining tables and coffee tables...

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