Eero Saarinen "Womb" Lounge Chair and Ottoman

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About

Designed by Saarinen for Knoll Intl. Upholstered in purple wool Knoll fabric with chrome-plated legs.
Three available, purple, red and black.
Ottoman measures 15" H x 21" W x 25" D.

Details

  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions
    37 in. H x 41 in. W x 44 in. D
    94 cm H x 104 cm W x 112 cm D
  • Seat Height
    16 in. (41 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Cathedral City, CA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU85917451953

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

1stdibs seller since 2008

Typical response time: 2 hours

Located in Cathedral City, CA

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