1960s "Grasshopper" Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Mid-Century Modern For Sale
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1960s "Grasshopper" Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Mid-Century Modern

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The angled arms of Eero Saarinen's Grasshopper chair are formed of deep bent curves resembling the graceful legs of its namesake. This 1949 design was originally produced by Knoll. This particular chair is an early example with a red Knoll associates label, circa 1949-1950. The fabric is original and still looks great-you will be well pleased with this early piece.

Details

  • Condition Details
    This fine chair is in very nice vintage condition-minor wear to the laminated birch legs. Some minor nicks and dings-nothing serious. The fabric is original and still looks and feels great-light wear.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 34.5 in. x W 31 in. x D 35 in.H 87.63 cm x W 78.74 cm x D 88.9 cm
  • Seat Height
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Medford, NJ
  • Reference Number
    LU94323361192
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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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