About the Designer 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
In his truly ground-breaking collection from 1957, Eero Saarinen transformed executive seating into a fluid and sculptural form. A comfortable chair is a necessity and the Executive Armchair is that and more. Perfect for your home office or anywhere else you might need extra seating. This chair also features a height-adjustable, swivel/tilt base with casters for optimal comfort and mobility. The Design
Eero Saarinen might be considered by some to be a purist when it came to his approach towards architecture and interior design. He sought the essential idea and reduced it to the most effective structural solution within an overall unity of design. To that end, he designed the Executive Chair in 1957 recognizing the importance of user comfort. Saarinen became the first to construct a chair shell from fiberglass, a pliable material that flexes in response to body weight.
In 1969, Saarinen's Executive Chair won both the prestigious Museum of Modern Art Award Federal Award for Industrial Design. Additionally, the Tulip Chair is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.
*This product is made to order and thus customer orders cannot be canceled once the products go into productionFeatures at a Glance: Design Year: 1957
Frame is made of molded reinforced polyurethane shell
Seat is made of contoured plywood and features swivel/tilt with pneumatic seat height adjustment
Chair is upholstered in urethane foam cushion with matching full surround welt detail
Five star steel base in protective black epoxy finish
Option of 2" hard wheel casters (standard, for use on carpeted floors) or soft wheel casters (for hardwood floors)
Hard casters and housing component in black textured plastic
Soft casters are black with grey housing
Includes glides which are molded nylon disks in stamped steel shroud
The Museum of Modern Art Award - 1969
Federal Award for Industrial Design
Overall Dimensions: 31" - 36.25" H x 25.25" W x 24.25" D
Seat Height Min: 16.5"
Seat Height Max: 21.75"
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The Saarinen Executive Task Chair with Arms is Greenguard certified
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Should you discover shortly after receiving your Executive Chair that parts are either damaged or missing, please call us immediately, and we will be happy to send you replacement parts as soon as possible and at no additional cost
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Note: This quality item is custom made for your order. Unfortunately, this means that orders cannot be cancelled or returned once placed, so please call our trained staff with any questions you may have prior to ordering - we will ensure that you get exactly what you need.
even though this is a modern chair its a real classic. w casters on its more for office use vs residential but without the casters could work at home. very expensive though but you are getting a knoll chair.