Design mastermind Eero Saarinen produced numerous pieces that became inextricably linked to the history of mid century modern furniture design in America. Though he was born in Finland, Saarinen became American.
He created the Womb Chair in 1946, thanks to Florence Knoll’s request. She said, “I was sick and tired of the one-dimensional lounge chair…long and narrow…I want a chair I can sit in sideways or any other way I want to sit in it”.
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Saarinen rose to the occasion with a chair that proved comfy in different positions. Thanks to its organic look, it became the Womb Chair. “It was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb,” he said.
Apart from its novel look, the enveloping Womb Chair is also innovative from a structural perspective. Saarinen wanted to construct the chair using a single piece of material, and achieved it by experimenting with new techniques and materials.
The result? A densely padded upholstered fiberglass shell that beautifully sits on a polished chrome steel frame, while blending simplicity of shape with utter comfort and flexibility.
After its release, the Womb Chair became a cultural icon. A 1958 Coca-Cola advertising campaign showed Santa Claus drinking a Coke in a Womb Chair. It also made a wonderful appearance in a Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell.
“Every object, whether large or small, has a relationship with its context,” said Saarinen back in 1958. The sculptural, enveloping shape of the Womb Chair effortlessly achieves this balance, matching any interior, while still drawing the eye to its curves.
Nowadays, Saarinen’s masterpiece, the Womb Chair, is an almost ubiquitous addition to any mid century modern inspired home.
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