Set of Four Saarinen Executive Armchairs by Knoll International For Sale
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Set of Four Saarinen Executive Armchairs by Knoll International

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Featured in nearly all Florence Knoll-designed interiors, the Saarinen Executive chair has remained one of Knoll's most popular designs for nearly 70 years. The design, which is now found in dining rooms as often as it is in offices, transformed the notion of what executive seating could be with its sculptural form and modern finishing. This vintage 1970s set is in original unrestored condition. Marked at the bottom.

Details

  • Condition Details
    Upholstery still useable but reupholstery recommended.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 26 in. x D 25 in.H 81.28 cm x W 66.04 cm x D 63.5 cm
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Dronten, NL
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference Number
    LU931412782072
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About Eero Saarinen (Designer)

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 (1958), 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.

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