Vintage Furniture Design
Early Production Eero Saarinen for Knoll Womb Chair with Ottoman. Tom Gibbs Studio on 1stDibs.com
Eero Saarinen, born in Finland, is well known for his contributions to the field of architecture. One of his most recognizable accomplishments is still revered today: the St. Louis Arch.
While teaching at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in the mid-1930s, he met a number noteworthy individuals with whom he would work in the future. This includes not only Hans and Florence Knoll, but Charles Eames, who, along with Saarinen, had a keen interest in new techniques using...MORE molded plywood in his chair designs. Saarinen and Eames developed the Organic Chair together, which won first place in the Organic Design Home Furnishings competition hosted by the Museum of Modern Art in 1940.
Some of his more recognizable designs for Knoll are, however, more ubiquitously attached to his name. The Womb Chair with its exceptional sculptural feel is shown here along with the matching footstool. His Tulip collection, featuring gracefully molded chairs and tables with pedestal bases, rightfully has many fans in modernism circles.