From Design Within Reach: In a 1956 cover story in Time magazine, Eero Saarinen said he was designing a collection to "clear up the slum of legs in the U.S. home." Later that year, he completed his Pedestal Table and Tulip™ Chair Collection (1956) and obliterated the "slum" by creating a cast aluminum base inspired by a drop of high-viscosity liquid.
When I was in my mid-20's, I had a vintage Saarinen table, white base with a medium wood laminated top. Loved that piece. When I was moving I had to temporarily leave my furniture in the garage of a friend. When I returned, the table was gone! And my friend had no idea where it went to (altho I suspect an open garage door was too much temptation for a passer-by!)