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Rare Eero Saarinen 'Grasshopper' Armchair in Laminated Birch, 1946

About the Item

A rare and substantial Eero Saarinen 'Grasshopper' armchair designed in 1946. This piece retains its original--and very durable--oil cloth upholstery to seat and back, along with its original finish on wooden frame--overall the chair remains in excellent condition for its age. Bent-laminated birch frame featuring signature 'grasshopper' arm rests give the chair a dynamic and inviting expression--armrests also provide strong support while sitting or standing up out of this chair. The frame also has an interesting construction detail where the back legs "double-up" as they're joined to the angled arms which rise from the legs, flanking the seat, to take their final position alongside the sitter's abdomen--a visually interesting and experimental application of bent-lamination technology. Curved backrest is decorated with round metal studs on its backside--a humorous detail that adds playfulness to the piece. Great ergonomics, it's one of the more comfortable and relaxing chairs at this size--could be use as an easy or reading chair in a smaller library. This example remains in excellent vintage condition for its age--with no structural issues or damage to upholstery.
  • Creator:
    Eero Saarinen (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 33.5 in (85.09 cm)Width: 22.5 in (57.15 cm)Depth: 22.5 in (57.15 cm)Seat Height: 18 in (45.72 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Birch,Upholstery,Laminated
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1946
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Exceptional condition for its age-- no breaks tears, rips, etc.
  • Seller Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 1-331stDibs: LU814113087971
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