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Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll

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Eero Saarinen designed the groundbreaking Womb Chair at Florence Knoll's request for "a chair that was like a basket full of pillows - something she could really curl up in." This mid-century classic supports countless positions and offers a comforting oasis of calm—hence the name.

Construction and Details
  • Seat shell is foam-covered molded fiberglass
  • Steel legs are seamless tubular steel with polished chrome plating

 

History of the Womb Chair: 

It was in 1943 when Saarinen joined Knoll, and it was the request of Florence Knoll (an apprentice of Mies van der Rohe who wanted a chair like a basket full of pillows to curl on) that he came up with the design of the Womb chair in 1948. The chair was an instant classic. It was also highly comfortable to boot and actually supported many body positions in a snug and agreeable way. It was dubbed the ‘Womb chair’ based on the fact that no one could have experienced a more comfortable sitting arrangement since their mothers womb. Saarinen himself had said, “…The chair is an attempt to rectify this maladjustment in our civilization.” Furthermore, we wanted to dethrone the overstuffed arm chair that ran rampant in interior designs at that time, so he created something much more subtle, visually pleasant, and unique.

The purpose of the Womb chair was to deliver the best resting positions without compromising the aesthetics. The fully enveloping form of the chair did exactly that by providing a nice, relaxing way to rest your body while its sculptural form sets precedent for timelessly iconic visuals. Its single-piece form remains a classic even today, and the Womb chair has become a favorite accent furniture piece of many all over the world. The chair actually comes in 3 sizes (small, medium, and large) and is made from the sturdiest materials.

(Fun Fact: The Womb chair was the first mass-produced fiber-glass chair in America)