Pair of Early Eero Saarinen Grasshopper Chairs for Knoll with Rare Black Frames For Sale
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Pair of Early Eero Saarinen Grasshopper Chairs for Knoll with Rare Black Frames

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This is an early pair of Eero Saarinen designed grasshopper chairs produced by Knoll in the 1950s. One of these chairs belonged to an Architect who was employed at Eero Saarinen and Associates, so they chair could actually have been sat in by Saarinen himself. The ottoman is vintage as well. Truly a rare pair with the matching vintage ottoman.

Details

  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    All 3 pieces have been fully restored with aniline dye, satin lacquer, new webbing, foam, and high-grade Perennials gray velvet
  • Dimensions
    H 35.5 in. x W 26.5 in. x D 33 in.H 90.17 cm x W 67.31 cm x D 83.82 cm
  • Seat Height
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Reference Number
    LU878514487502
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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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