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nicely Restored Early Production Eero Saarinen Grasshopper Chair for Knoll

About the Item

Eero Saarinen's "Grasshopper " chair model 61 was the first lounge chair he designed for Knoll in the late 1940s even before designing the Womb chair . Responding to what he saw as the relaxed posture a sitter desires, he sought to support the seat, back, shoulders, and head in an organized way. His desire to simplify a form to its fewest elements resulted in the arms and legs all being connected and formed of laminated birch. The legs bringing to mind the rear legs of a grasshopper . The continuous arm and leg elements are made of bent laminated wood, a relatively new, light yet strong material utilized particularly for aviation during World War II. This new material was adapted for post-war furniture manufacture, especially since a number of more traditional materials were still scarce in the years immediately after the war. This beautiful vintage example has been professionally refinished and upholstered in Knoll's A grade Cato "sand " textile . Threads of cream beige and black in a 86 wool 14 rayon blend .
  • Creator:
    Eero Saarinen (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 34.5 in (87.63 cm)Width: 31 in (78.74 cm)Depth: 35 in (88.9 cm)Seat Height: 16 in (40.64 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Fabric,Maple,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1955
  • Condition:
    Reupholstered. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Beautifully finished blonde arms support properly upholstered seat in sand tone Knoll Cato textile .
  • Seller Location:
    Ferndale, MI
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU848235142752
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