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1 Vintage Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Pasadena, TX
This 1957 award winning design brings style and comfort to any seating arrangement. Bring this brilliant look as an addition to any recreational use or task.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Knoll Eero Saarinen Executive Chair, Armchair black upholstery
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Chicago, IL
This for (1) Saarinen Executive Chair, armchair version. Knoll, Circa 1985. Black upholstery
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Eero Saarinen For Knoll Executive Armchairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of executive armchairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll feature black nylon seats with contrasting
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Saarinen Executive Armchair with Metal Legs for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Glendale, CA
Eero Saarinen Executive Chair with metal legs for Knoll. Originally designed in 1946, this late
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Knoll Studio “Saarinen Executive” Armchair in “Volo” Brown Leather
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Barrowford, GB
On offer on this occasion is a rare, original “Saarinen Executive Armchair” armchair from the world
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2010s American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Royal Blue Velvet, Chrome Tubular Legs
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Wilton, CT
The mid-century Classic vintage Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair, manufactured by Knoll Furniture
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pair of Knoll Eero Saarinen Executive Chairs, Armchair version black upholstery
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Chicago, IL
This for a pair of Saarinen Executive Chairs, armchair version. Knoll, Circa 1985. Black upholstery
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Black Velvet, Black Powder Coated Legs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
The mid-century Classic vintage Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair, manufactured by Knoll Furniture
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

MCM Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair Newly Upholstered in Sage Mohair
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair Newly Upholstered in Sage Mohair The
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 'Executive' Armchairs in Leather and Oak
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, dining chair, model 71, oak, patinated leather, United
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak, Leather

Seldom Seen Pair of Early Saarinen/Knoll Executive Armchairs, Aluminum Bases
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Buffalo, NY
Designed for one year in very limited production run, executive lounge armchairs designed by Eero
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Saarinen Executive Armchairs in Royal Blue Velvet, Chrome Tubular Legs, Set of 6
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Wilton, CT
The Mid-Century Classic Vintage Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair, manufactured by Knoll Furniture
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

1 Saarinen Executive Chair for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Saarinen design for Knoll executive arm chairs, circa 1970s. This chair is in good
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

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H 31 in W 27.25 in D 20 in
Executive Armchair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Inc. / Knoll International, 1960s
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Lasne, BE
Armchair in yellow fabric. Stamped Knoll. Wear due to time and age of the chair (see photo) Seat
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs in Heavy Weave Knoll Upholstery Blue
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Hudson, NY
Executive armchairs designed by Eero Saarinen and manufactured by Knoll. Have original labels as
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 'Executive' Armchair in Beige Creme Fabric and Oak
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, armchair, oak, fabric, United States, design 1948, later
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 'Executive' Armchair in Beige Creme Fabric and Oak
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, dining chair, model 71, oak, fabric, United States, design
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Knoll Eero Saarinen Model 71 IBM Executive Chair
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Garnerville, NY
A nice example of a Eero Saarinen Model 71 Executive armchair fro Knoll International. This
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome, Nickel

Mid-Century Executive Conference Arm Chair by Eero Saarinen Nordiska Kompaniet
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Rosendahl, DE
Arm chair by Eero Saarinen, produced by Swedish Nordiska Kompaniet under license from Knoll Int
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Pair Saarinen Knoll Executive Chairs Black Leather Tilt Swivel Height Adjustable
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of contemporary (less than 10years old) Eero Saarinen Executive armchairs, with rolling swivel
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Saarinen for Knoll Executive Arm Chairs in Custom Order Contemporary Fabric
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Eero Saarinen for Knoll executive arm chairs in custom order contemporary fabric.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll Brown Executive Arm Chair
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic Mid-century modern Saarinen Executive Arm Chair by Knoll. One of Knoll most
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

2021 Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Arm Chair Leather w/ Wood Legs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an Eero Saarinen for Knoll executive armchair in off-white leather with light walnut wood
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2010s American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Leather

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 'Executive' Chair in Beige Creme Fabric and Oak
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, dining chair, oak, fabric, United States, design 1948, later
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Early Saarinen Knoll Executive Task or Desk Chair Tilt Swivel Castors Orig Vinyl
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Please note, I have a matching pair of armchairs, see last picture. Executive armchair designed
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Arm Chairs Early Original Orange Vinyl
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of early vintage Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for knoll "executive" armchairs in their
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll White and Black Executive Arm Chair
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Stunning authentic mid-century modern Saarinen Executive armchair by Knoll. One of Knoll's most
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Vintage Eero Saarinen Style Martin Brattrud Executive Armchairs - Set of 3
By Martin Brattrud
Located in Burbank, CA
Incredible vintage Midcentury Modern executive armchairs for sale. Manufactured by Martin Brattrud
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Eero Sarineen Original Executive Armchairs in South African Cow Hide
By Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll
Located in Saint Louis, US
Featured in nearly all Florence Knoll-designed interiors, the Saarinen Executive Chair has remained
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cowhide

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Model 71 IBM Executive Chair
Located in Garnerville, NY
A nice example of a Eero Saarinen Model 71 Executive armchair from Knoll International. This
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Vintage 1970s Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome, Nickel

Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
We have up to ten available in this upholstery which is a Knoll textile with Bergamo piping. Or you can do in a fabric of your choice.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

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  • Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair
H 31.5 in W 26 in D 24.75 in
Executive Armchair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
Excellent condition Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair manufactured by Knoll. Upholstery is clean and
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
We have a set of 12 like new Eero Saarinen executive armchairs. These would be wonderful re
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs
  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs
  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs
  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs
H 31.5 in W 25.5 in D 24.5 in
Saarinen Executive Armchairs in Creme Velvet, Gold Edition
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
Vintage authentic Eero Saarinen's executive arm chair. Completely restored with a touch of gold
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Saddle Leather, Swivel Base
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
We have been restoring Saarinen executive chairs for years in every fabric one can imagine, right
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

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Metal

Pair of Saarinen Executive Armchairs Knoll Mid-Century Modern
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Enhance your space with this timeless pair of Mid-Century Organic Modern Executive Armchairs by
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Vintage 1960s American Organic Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Original Black Leather, Steel Tubular Legs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
Manufactured by Knoll Furniture, the mid-century classic vintage Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Original Black Leather, Vintage Swivel Base
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Wilton, CT
This gorgeous vintage Knoll Saarinen Executive Armchair comes in its original supple black leather
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Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk C...

Materials

Steel

1960s Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair in Tan Fabric
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a 1960s production executive armchair with metal legs designed by Eero Saarinen and
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs in Blue Classic Boucle
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Culver City, CA
One of Knoll's most popular designs for the past 70 years, Eero Saarinen's executive armchair is
Category

Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Gunmetal Velvet on Vintage Swivel Base
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Wilton, CT
We've been restoring Saarinen Executive chairs for years in every fabric one can imagine, right in
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs in Custom Tan Tweed
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Culver City, CA
One of Knoll's most popular designs for the past 70 years, Eero Saarinen's executive armchair is
Category

Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen Executive Armchairs for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Pasadena, TX
A set of six Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen executive armchairs for Knoll Saarinen began his
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Set of Four Eero Saarinen Series 71 Executive Armchairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Dronten, NL
Featured in nearly all Florence Knoll-designed interiors, the Saarinen Executive Chair has remained
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Knoll Saarinen Executive Armchair in Original Light Turquoise Textile, Swivel Ba
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Basel, BS
1980s Vintage executive armchair with original light turquoise woven knoll textile. Beautiful faded
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eero Saarinen Executive Armchairs for Knoll and De Coene
By Knoll, De Coene Frères, Eero Saarinen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable and iconic Saarinen executive chairs for Knoll / De Coene. De Coene was a Belgian
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Eero Saarinen Executive Armchair in Blue Raf Simons Upholstery
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen, Raf Simons
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous upholstery by Raf Simons. Brightens this chair.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair on Chrome Legs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic Eero Saarinen for Knoll, executive armchair in original but soiled Knoll Fabric, on chrome
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Saarinen Executive Armchairs in Velvet, Swivel Base, Gold Edition, Set of 6
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Wilton, CT
The next generation of Eero Saarinen's famed executive chairs have arrived, 100% authentic Eero
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Eero Saarinen Knoll Executive Armchairs Full Restoration by Greenapple
By Knoll, Greenapple, Eero Saarinen
Located in Lisboa, PT
Collectible Vintage Pair of Executive Armchairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. Eero Saarinen
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1990s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Walnut, Leather, Fabric, Bouclé, Velvet

Set of 8 Saarinen Executive chairs by Eero Saarinen – Knoll International
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 8 “Saarinen Executive” armchairs with tubular legs. Cognac-colored leather cover. This
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Early Eero Saarinen Series 71 Executive Armchairs for Knoll in Black Leather
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Dronten, NL
Featured in nearly all florence Knoll-designed interiors, the saarinen executive chair has remained
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 2020 Executive Armchair with Ivory Leather & Wood Legs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a single 2020 production Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive arm chair with ivory
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2010s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Executive Armchairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, C1965
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of Mid-Century Modern executive armchairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Eero Saarinen Knoll Executive Dining Chair/Armchairs with Tubular Legs, Set of 4
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of four Mid-Century Modern executive dining chair set featuring 2 side chairs and 2 armchairs
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Vintage Jens Risom Knoll Webbed Armchair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Baltimore, MD
Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Edward Wormley, and George Nelson. One of Risom’s executive
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Maple

1950s Pair of Red Velvet Iron Armchairs by Carlo Hauner, Brazil
By Carlo Hauner
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
chair. The design for these armchairs resembles the Executive Armchair by Saarinen, but with the unique
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of ‘Lia’ Armchairs by Sérgio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1962, Jacaranda and Cowhide
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Echt, NL
Beautiful pair of Lia armchairs in very good condition. Designed by Sérgio Rodrigues in Brazil in
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cowhide, Leather, Jacaranda, Rosewood

1960s Eero Saarinen Knoll International Black Fabric Executive Arm Dining Chair
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is an Executive Armchair with tubular legs designed by Eero Saarinen and produced
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Knoll Executive Chair by Eero Saarinen Bayberry Velvet Set of 4, 2010
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Aachen, NW
Set of 4 Executive armchairs designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International dated around 2010
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2010s Italian Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Executive Armchair Saarinen For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal executive armchair saarinen for your home. An executive armchair saarinen — often made from fabric, metal and upholstery — can elevate any home. Find 96 options for an antique or vintage executive armchair saarinen now, or shop our selection of 3 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the executive armchair saarinen you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. An executive armchair saarinen is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are sought with frequency.

How Much is a Executive Armchair Saarinen?

An executive armchair saarinen can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,750, while the lowest priced sells for $280 and the highest can go for as much as $15,840.

Eero Saarinen for sale on 1stDibs

Through his work as an architect and designer, Eero Saarinen was a prime mover in the introduction of modernism into the American mainstream. Particularly affecting were the organic, curvilinear forms seen in Saarinen’s furniture and his best-known structures: the gull-winged TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy airport in New York (opened 1962), Dulles International Airport in Virginia (1962) and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965).

Saarinen had a peerless modernist pedigree. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was an eminent Finnish architect who in 1932 became the first head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit. The school became synonymous with progressive design and decorative arts in the United States, and while studying there the younger Saarinen met and befriended several luminaries of mid-century modernism, among them Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames.

At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Schust Knoll, who, as director of her husband Hans Knoll's eponymous furniture company, would put Saarinen’s best designs into production. These include the Grasshopper chair, designed in 1946 and so named because its angled bentwood frame resembles the insect; the Tulip chair (1957), a flower-shaped fiberglass shell mounted on a cast-aluminum pedestal; and the lushly contoured Womb lounge chair and ottoman (1948). In his furniture as in his architecture, the keynotes of Eero Saarinen’s designs are simplicity, strength and grace.

Find vintage Eero Saarinen tables, chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.