Saarinen Womb Chair

Eero Saarinen is a Finnish industrial designer who lived from 1910 until 1961. He became famous for his modern classic chair designs which remained simple. He included arching structures alongside curves which swept and swiveled. As a child be began studying design and sculpting in the United States and in France. In the beginning of the 1930s he was able to tour North Africa and France, visited Finland, and returned to the United States. His creativity and unique designs were not only applicable to modern classic chair and furniture designs, but were utilized by the military for illustrations used by the Office of Strategic Services for bomb disassembly manuals. After the Second World War and the passing of his father, Eero Saarinen opened his own architectural firm.

He was first recognized for his chair designs while he was working under his father’s tutelage. Their chair design received first prize in the Organic Design in Home Furnishings in the year 1940. His design for the Tulip Chair, as well as his other modern chairs, was produced by the Knoll Furniture Company. Saarinen received additional attention for his work when he took first prize at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. He continued to design furniture using organic architecture.

Eero Saarinen designed the famous womb chair to meet the demand for a comfortable chair in which to curl up. The Womb chair is constructed out of a reinforced shell molded from fiberglass and covered with foam. The ottoman portion is made from a plywood platform also covered with foam. There are separate cushions which each boast a foam core. There are standard, medium, and small sizes available. There are stainless steel glides and nylon articulating glides which complement the steel rod base and chrome finish. It can be upholstered with a variety of fabrics or leather.

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