Eero Saarinen, mastermind behind the iconic Womb Chair, produced a myriad of designs for Knoll that became inextricably linked to the history of the renowned furniture company, unlike Harry Bertoia who created a single collection.
In fact, he designed the enveloping Womb Chair in 1946 thanks to his beloved friend Florence Knoll’s request. “I told Eero I was sick and tired of the one-dimensional lounge chair…long and narrow.” stated Koll, “I want a chair I can sit in sideways or any other way I want to sit in it.”
Saarinen rose to this occasion wonderfully with a chair that proved comfy in different positions. It became known as the Womb Chair due to its organic look, and shape providing emotional comfort and sense of security.
Apart from its novel look, the Womb Chair is also groundbreaking from a structural perspective. After experimenting with new techniques and materials drawn from the shipbuilding industry, Saarinen was able to construct the chair out of a single piece of material.
The final result? A fiberglass frame and memory foam moldings wrapped in soft wool upholstery sitting on a steel frame with a polished chrome finish – combining simplicity of shape with true comfort!
After its release, it became a cultural icon. This innovative chair made an appearance in a New Yorker cartoon and a Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell. A 1958 Coca-Cola advertisement featured Santa Claus drinking a Coke while sitting on a Womb Chair.
The sculptural Womb Chair achieves this balance effortlessly, matching any interior while still catching the eye to its curves and colors. This design icon has quickly become an almost ubiquitous addition to any mid century inspired interior.
As you can see, Saarinen’s classic is the epitome of MCM design. Visit Manhattan Home Design for the Womb Chair replica. Founded by Daniel Levy, entrepreneurial success award winner according to Fox News, Manhattan Home Design has produced coveted pieces for a decade.