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Eero Saarinen Six Armchairs in White Fabric

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Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of six chairs model 71A, in metal and off-white fabric, United States, 1948. Four iconic armchairs designed by Eero Saarinen. This iconic model is reupholstered in a off white fabric. The chairs feature a fluid, sculptural form. This timeless and versatile design continues to fit seamlessly into work, conference, lounge and dining applications of any decor. The chairs are now upholstered white fabric and but can be reupholstered by our in-house upholstery studio. Please ask one of our advisors, almost anything is possible, from any kind of fabric, leather to COM. Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia. Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was a Finnish-American architect who helped to shape the American postwar architecture of progression and optimism. Saarinen designed several airports and worked for large cooperate clients such as IBM and General Motors. This meant that the identity of Saarinen's architecture went hand in hand with the identity of these companies. His design was also used in many companies and homes and thus helped to shape the aesthetic landscape of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 31.89 in. x W 25.99 in. x D 18.12 in.H 81 cm x W 66 cm x D 46 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.93 in. (43 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    9090
  • Reference Number
    LU933112935321
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About Knoll (Manufacturer)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.


     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.


     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

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Located in Waalwijk, NL
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