The Womb Chair. Doesn’t it’s name say it all with this beauty? There are few pieces that stand the test of time when it comes to concept… Yet, 70 years after its inception, the Womb Chair still checks all the boxes!
Its creator, architect Eero Saarinen, from the mid century modern era, counted among his friends influential designers of the era. This icon is as much a product of those friendships as it’s a representation of its time!
To say he was born to make the Womb Chair is an understatement. Born in Finland he moved to America. Saarinen, Eames, Bertoia and Florence Knoll resided in the Cranbrook Academy of Art, whose collaboration left us with the most iconic furniture ever.
This famed academy was the cradle of American Modernism for its impact on MCM design and architecture.
While America was immersed in the post-war economic boom, manufacturing skyrocketed, new materials were developed and old ones were used in exciting ways. Charles Eames and Saarinen used molded plywood to craft an award-winning chair.
This gave the latter the genius idea of molding a material to conform to the shape of the human body, which he would use for the iconic Womb Chair. Friend Florence asked him to contribute their designs to the company.
She conveyed the need for a chair different from the others, claiming wanting “a chair that is like a basket full of pillows”. It would be one meant to be used for relaxing in their new-found leisure time, one where she could “really curl up in”.
That’s how the enveloping Womb Chair was born in 1946! It was put into production and is still in production now. He had masterfully achieved his goal of designing a revolutionary chair proportioned to the human body.
It was an instant success! A 1958 Coca-Cola Christmas campaign featured Santa taking a break while drinking a bottle of Coke in a Womb Chair. Today, it’s a staple in homes worldwide!
As you can see, this sculptural masterpiece is as relevant now as it was when it was released. Ready to relax in a comfy Womb Chair replica? Visit Manhattan Home Design.
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