Tulip Chairs – Nature’s Design is Comfortable

From left to right:  Michael Crockatt, Vice President Business Development and Marketing,  Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International  Airport;  Mark Kristmanson, CEO, National Capital Commission; Laura Brown, Executive Director Canadian Tulip Festival; David Luxton, Chairman of the Canadian Tulip Festival; Rochus Pronk, Chargé d’Affaires, Netherlands Embassy.

Five bright tulip chairs stand out in a bunch in the departure lounge at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. These unique chairs were unveiled recently by the Netherlands Embassy. The tulip, it turns out, is a significant icon to Canadian and Netherlanders alike.


Tulips are the pride of the Netherlands, as their professionalism and creativity has made them a leader in the flower industry. In fact, each spring the Netherlands provides thousands of tulips for Ottawa’s Tulip Festival. The tulip is also a symbol of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

Designed by Dutch industrial designer Marco Manders, the tulip seat is an extremely comfortable chair and a perfect representation of an actual tulip. The fully rotational chair closes automatically when you get up, providing a functional, fun, and symbolic addition to the Ottawa-International Airport.