Up until the other day we'd never featured ARKANA on the blog. Why? Well, quite possibly because we're design snobs - come on, there's only one TULIP chair, and it's the one designed by Eero Sarineen for Knoll. End of. Just how Mr. Burke was able to take Sarineen's design and reproduce it so, umm, blatantly is beyond us. But he did. And here it is. The seat has very similar dimensions to Saarinen's chair, but the pedestal features a four-legged propeller shaped base instead of the circular one seen on Saarinen's design. Also, as with Sarineen's design, Burke's were crafted from fibreglass plastic and the pedestal bases made of enamel-coated aluminium.
So there you have it. A rip-off. But, rightly or wrongly, these 'tulips' are growing on us.