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post #16 of 24
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My wife now wants this table, the round, white one. Any thoughts on sources? I know DWR and Room and Board sell them. The DWR one is licensed and has sealed marble, but it's almost twice the price of the RB one. Not sure if that's worth it.

Beware on the Room and Board "version" as it is not authentic Knoll. My wife and I were in the store in Soho last month. While we were shopping for other items, I did take a look at it and noticed the price was cheaper than elsewhere and seemed to be different. Still made in Italy but not by Knoll.
post #17 of 24

My wife and I own the R&B version of the Saarinen tulip table (white/white marble), and we really love it.  I only wished that they sold it in a honed finish.  I know that you can buy the Knoll version in either buffed or honed finish.  The quality and feel is very close to the Knoll version.  I highly recommend.

post #18 of 24
With the annual Knoll sale happening in 2 weeks I thought I would revive this thread, as I have had my eye on the Saarinen Side Table for quite some time. I'm still trying to decide between the oval and the 20" tall model and coated vs uncoated Carrara. My concern is that I'm kind of a clumsy guy and the table will be in direct sunlight all day long. Is the untreated marble really that prone to staining(i.e. spilled coffee)? Is yellowing due to sunlight exposure really an issue? Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
post #19 of 24
I've heard from many sources that the plastic coating on the marble WILL yellow over time, if subjected to direct sunlight. Ours hasn't been, but we don't keep it near a window.

If I could do it over again, I would go uncoated. You need to watch out for stains, but it looks and feels nicer, and you don't have to worry about yellowing.
post #20 of 24
Thanks for the reply. Most everyone has stated the same, that the coating hasn't yellowed yet, but the location of the table will place it in direct sunlight all day long in my house. I'm wondering if this was an issue with older tables and perhaps Knoll has changed the formula of the coating. I'm trying to balance yellowing vs the fear of staining. I think I'm leaning towards uncoated. Coffee stains are my biggest concern since I am not much of red wine drinker.
post #21 of 24
btw i have an oval 72" saarinen dining table, original, if anyone is interested. the wife has given me a one week window to find a home for it.
post #22 of 24
I have one that is in direct sunlight all day, if it has yellowed, it has not been noticeable. The table is about 5 years old. I wouldn't be too hyperactive about keeping it new looking, some would say they look better with a little character. Just clean up spills quickly.
Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 9/8/13 at 8:09am
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Edsal17 View Post

With the annual Knoll sale happening in 2 weeks I thought I would revive this thread, as I have had my eye on the Saarinen Side Table for quite some time. I'm still trying to decide between the oval and the 20" tall model and coated vs uncoated Carrara. My concern is that I'm kind of a clumsy guy and the table will be in direct sunlight all day long. Is the untreated marble really that prone to staining(i.e. spilled coffee)? Is yellowing due to sunlight exposure really an issue? Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Get the uncoated one and use this.

http://www2.dupont.com/Stone_Care/en_US/products/prod_pgs/sealer.html

Untreated marble, especially light-colored marble, is prone to staining. If it is somewhere where there is any risk of that, you do need to seal it. Otherwise, the first time you spill some wine, you will be . . . displeased.

This stuff works great. The only thing is that you need to re-apply it every few years. But all you have to do is wipe it on and let it dry.
post #24 of 24
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Get the uncoated one and use this.

http://www2.dupont.com/Stone_Care/en_US/products/prod_pgs/sealer.html

Untreated marble, especially light-colored marble, is prone to staining. If it is somewhere where there is any risk of that, you do need to seal it. Otherwise, the first time you spill some wine, you will be . . . displeased.

This stuff works great. The only thing is that you need to re-apply it every few years. But all you have to do is wipe it on and let it dry.

I think that is what I'm going to end up doing. Though most people haven't had an issue, the warning from the various authorized dealers is enough to be of concern. I think your suggestion is a happy medium.
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