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Saarinen Model 72

2000s Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Side Chair in Blue Fabric, Model 72
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a Saarinen Armless Executive Chair, model 72, designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
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Early 2000s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Plastic, Foam, Plywood

Set of 4 Saarinen Executive Side Chairs by Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of 4 Model 72 executive chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International. These feature a fluid
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll International Set of Six Dining Chairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of six dining chairs, model '72', chrome-plated steel
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Set of Four Eero Saarinen for Knoll International Dining Chairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of four model 72 chairs, in chrome and leather fabric
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 'Executive' Dining Chair in Ocher Yellow Upholstery
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, dining chair model 72, plywood, fabric, United States
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Eero Saarinen for Knoll International Colorful Set of Ten Dining Chairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, set of ten dining chairs, model 72, brass coated steel, velvet upholstery
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass, Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Pair of Dining Chairs in Yellow Upholstery
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, pair of model 72 chairs, in wood and yellow fabric, United
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Knoll Eero Saarinen for Knoll Set of Six Chairs in Grey Velvet
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of six dining chairs, model 72, chrome-plated steel
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Set of Four Dining Chairs in Beige Leather
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, set of four dining chairs, model '72', lacquered steel, leather, United
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Set of Four Dining Chairs in Blue Upholstery
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, set of four dining chairs, model '72', chrome-plated steel, fabric, United
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Eero Saarinen Knoll Executive Chairs Full Restoration by Greenapple
By Greenapple, Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Lisboa, PT
different from the other. The Model 71 and 72 Chairs – now known as the Saarinen Executive Chairs – were
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1990s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Fabric, Bouclé, Velvet, Oak, Walnut

Pair of Eero Saarinen Knoll Executive Armchairs Full Restoration by Greenapple
By Knoll, Greenapple, Eero Saarinen
Located in Lisboa, PT
, startlingly different from the other. The Model 71 and 72 Chairs – now known as the Saarinen Executive Chairs
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1990s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Walnut, Leather, Fabric, Bouclé, Velvet

Exclusive ‘Pointe de Diamant’ Sideboard by Antoine Philippon & Jacqueline Lecoq
By Behr, Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline le Coq
Located in Echt, NL
Pierre Vago commissioned them to design a model apartment in the residential building he had constructed
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Metal, Chrome

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Saarinen Model 72 For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the saarinen model 72 you’re looking for. Each saarinen model 72 for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, metal and steel. Your living room may not be complete without a saarinen model 72 — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right saarinen model 72, those designed in Mid-Century Modern styles are of considerable interest.

How Much is a Saarinen Model 72?

Prices for a saarinen model 72 start at $675 and top out at $10,500 with the average selling for $1,970.

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.

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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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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.