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Saarinen Executive Armchair with Wood Leg

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Knoll ® Saarinen Executive Armchair with Wood Leg

After winning the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition with Charles Eames for their experiments with bent plywood in 1941, Eero Saarinen was eager to continue exploring the possibilities of a chair that achieved comfort through the shape of its shell, not the depth of its cushioning. Initially, he began the investigation with designs for smaller fiberglass task chairs, but changed direction when Florence Knoll approached him and asked, "Why not take the bull by the horns and do the big one first? I want a chair that is like a basket full of pillows. Something I can curl up in." While that's not exactly where Saarinen ended up, the suggestion inspired one of the most iconic, and comfortable, chairs of the modern furniture movement, The Womb Chair. After completing the Womb Chair, Saarinen returned his focus to task seating, scaling down the concept and form of the womb into arm and armless chairs. Introduced as the 71 and 72 Series, the chairs replaced Florence Knoll's model 43 chairs as the Planning Unit's go-to seating solution. The iconic chair, often referred to as "that chair with the hole in the back," has been a staple of the Knoll portfolio for more than 60 years.


  • Featured in nearly all Florence Knoll-designed interiors, the Saarinen Executive Chair remains one of the most popular Knoll designs
  • Molded reinforced polyurethane back shell with a contoured plywood seat form
  • Wood legs are solid, steam-bent oak
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
  • Introduced in 1950, the chair transformed the notion of what executive seating could be with its sculptural form and modern finishing

Product Details:

  • Frame Material: Metal
  • Number of Items Included: 1
  • Style: Modern


  • Overall: 31.5" H x 26" W x 24.75" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 18lbs

Knoll ® Saarinen Executive Armchair with Wood Leg

Weights & Dimensions

  • Overall: 31.5" H x 26" W x 24.75" D
  • Seat: 18" H
  • Overall Product Weight: 18lbs


Product Type: Arm chairDistressed: No
Frame Material: MetalNumber of Items Included: 1
Upholstered Seat: Yes
  • Tufted Seat Upholstery: No
Upholstered Back: Yes
  • Tufted Back Upholstery: No
Style: ModernBack Style: Solid back
Dining Type: Casual/KitchenEco-Friendly: Yes
Country of Manufacture: United States 


Green Guard Certified: Yes 

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“Hi, what is the weight limit of the chair?” asked by Ellen

"Hi Ellen, the weight limit of the chair is 250 lbs." Lisa from Wayfair

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The Saarinen Executive Armchair with Wood Leg is a Modern style product. Modern style is very sleek with clean lines, and generally incorporates high gloss using whites, greys, and blacks. A focus on geometry and angular shapes is a hallmark of modern design. Glass and leather are also seen a lot with modern style. You can shop for more Modern Dining Chairs in the Living section of our site.

Knoll ® Saarinen Executive Armchair with Wood Leg

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About the Designer

Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen Finland (1910 - 1961)

Eero Saarinen shared the same birthday as his father, Eliel Saarinen. They emigrated to the United States of America in 1923, when Eero was thirteen. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father was a teacher at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and he took courses in sculpture and furniture design there. He had a close relationship with fellow students Charles and Ray Eames, and became good friends with Florence Knoll (née Schust). Beginning in September 1929, he studied sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France. He then went on to study at the Yale School of Architecture, completing his studies in 1934. Subsequently, he toured Europe and North Africa for a year and returned for a year to his native Finland, after which he returned to Cranbrook to work for his father and teach at the academy. He became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1940. Saarinen was recruited by Donal McLaughlin, an architectural school friend from his Yale days, to join the military service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Saarinen was assigned to draw illustrations for bomb disassembly manuals and to provide designs for the Situation Room in the White House. Saarinen worked full time for the OSS until 1944. After his father's death in 1950, Saarinen founded his own architect's office, "Eero Saarinen and Associates". Eero Saarinen died of a brain tumor in 1961 at the age of 51

About the Manufacturer

With a long history of design innovation for the home, workplace, and in textiles, Knoll continues to play a large part in the foundations of Modern Design. Founded in 1938 by Hans Knoll and continued after his death by his wife Florence Knoll, the company has produced a long line of award-winning and museum worthy designs from virtually every top designer in modern design.
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