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
When I approach an architectural problem, Finnish architect and interior designer Eero Saarinen once said, "I try to think out the real significance of it. What is its essence and how can the total structure capture that essence?" Fellow designer Florence Knoll put forth the challenge of creating "a chair she could curl up in." The Womb Chair was Saarinen's response to that question—a unique piece of furniture that will surely be the center of attention, wherever it is placed in your home.
The Womb chair was designed in 1948, part of Saarinen's breakthrough seating collection. In addition to its unique look, the chair is luxuriously comfortable. Called the Womb for a reason, the chair is designed to facilitate a relaxed sitting posture which in turn provides total comfort and a sense of security. The Womb Chair now also comes in a new smaller size proportioned at 85% of the original. *This product is made to order and thus customer orders cannot be canceled once the products go into production Design Year: 1948
Chair constructed of foam over a molded, reinforced fiberglass shell
Includes separate seat and seat back cushions, constructed of polyester fiber with foam core
Chair features stainless steel and nylon articulating glides
The base features a steel rod
Chair is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified
With metal leg
Large Womb Chair Dimensions: 35.5" H x 40" W x 34" D
Seat height: 16"
Arm height: 20.5"
Medium Womb Chair Dimensions: 31.25" H x 35" W x 31" D
Seat height: 15"
Arm height: 18"
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The Saarinen Womb Chair is Greenguard certified
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Should you discover shortly after receiving your Saarinen Womb 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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Please Note: Ultrasuede fabrics can be ordered to comply with Cal 133 specifications. Please call for details.
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.
Bought the medium would have liked to have tried it out it first, but it was no where available. Bought the black ultra suede GREAT choice. Nothing like this chair and just wonder if I might have liked the large better. The height of the larger chair would have supported the head without slouching down. Otherwise no regrets and really wish I could have 2!! Wayfair was wonderful and would order through them again.