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Eero Saarinen 'Womb' Chair with Ottoman in Blue Fabric

$4,950

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Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 'Womb' chair with ottoman, fabric, metal, 1946-1948, United States. This shelled, cushioned lounge chair is designed between 1946 and 1948 by Eero Saarinen. The chair was a specific request by Florence Knoll, who thought it was time for a 'big one'. It was at Florence Knoll's specific request as she claims to have been sick and tired of structured chairs which held you in one position. She said she wanted 'a chair in which was like basket full of pillows - something I could curl up in'. Eero designed the chair and did the prototype himself too. This specific chair and ottoman are upholstered in a blue with yellow patterned fabric, which is in good condition. It shows minimal signs of age and use. The pieces can be reupholstered if desired. The experienced craftsman of our in-house atelier are specialist on re-upholstery of design furniture. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains it's value and is ready for the many years to come. Please ask our advisors for about the almost endless possibilities we have to offer. Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia. Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was a Finnish-American architect who helped to shape the American postwar architecture of progression and optimism. Saarinen designed several airports and worked for large corporate clients such as IBM and General Motors. This meant that the identity of Saarinen's architecture went hand in hand with the identity of these companies. His design was also used in many companies and homes and thus helped to shape the aesthetic landscape of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Literature: Merkel, Jayne. Eero Saarinen. New York: Phaidon, 2005, p. 57 and 61.

Details

  • Creator
    Eero Saarinen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.63 in. (90.5 cm)Width: 38.19 in. (97 cm)Depth: 34.65 in. (88 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450103631stDibs: LU933118480032

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    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
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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 (1956), 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
4.8 / 5
Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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