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Early 1960s Eero Saarinen Knoll Leather Womb Chair and Ottoman

$7,800Asking Price

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Eero Saarinen for Knoll womb chair and ottoman, circa 1960. This stunning example has a wood frame and early black wrought iron leg system. It has been newly upholstered in a supple and chic cream leather. Price listed is for the chair and ottoman. Please see red's other listings for another example done in orange leather along with an original womb sofa. Ottoman dimensions: Height: 15.5" x width: 26" depth: 20".

Details

  • Creator
    Eero Saarinen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 37 in. (93.98 cm)Width: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Depth: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Seat Height: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Phoenix, AZ
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU85321143212

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  • Shipping
    $349 White Glove Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Phoenix, AZ
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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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.

About the Seller
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Located in Phoenix, AZ
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Established in 1993
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