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Set of Four Saarinen Executive Armchairs by Knoll International

$4,950per set

About

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

  • Creator
    Eero Saarinen (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Design
    Executive Arm ChairExecutive Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1975
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Upholstery still useable but reupholstery recommended.
  • Seller Location
    Dronten, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU931425340742

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  • Shipping
    $800 Front Door Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Dronten, Netherlands
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Eero Saarinen

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 (1956), 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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