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Design by Eero Saarinen, 1948.
"When I approach an architectural problem," 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?" Florence Knoll had put forth the challenge of creating "a chair she could curl up in." The Finnish-born architect and interior designer responded with the 1948 Womb Chair, part of his breakthrough seating collection.
With its steel rod base and upholstered frame, the Medium Womb Chair is designed to facilitate a relaxed sitting posture, providing emotional comfort and a sense of security – hence, the name "Womb," – now one of Knoll's most recognizable designs. The Medium Womb Chair is scaled to 85% of the original Womb Chair, making it suitable for small spaces and frames, or even your favorite kids' space. Constructed of foam over a molded, reinforced fiberglass shell and includes separate seat and back cushions of polyester fiber with a foam core. The Chair features stainless steel and nylon articulating glides.
Select base finish, then select upholstery textile and color. Also available in Large and Child's sizes.
The smaller scale of the Medium Womb pieces make them an easy fit for knoll kids™, in addition to their longstanding spot in the KnollStudio line of classics. The Saarinen Womb Chair is Greenguard certified.
Material(s): Foam, fiberglass, steel and fabric (content dependent on textile/leather selection)
Lovely classic chair
By: Suzy P., Homeowner (New York)
I have been waiting to buy the Womb Chair for years. YLiving offered great choices in Knoll fabrics and the medium chair fits perfectly in my home. I ordered it in a bright red colored fabric. The chair is beautiful and makes an elegant statement. Even my black cat thinks it is the perfect place for a nap. I was especially pleased with the delivery service which was professional and courteous.
By: Eun L., Homeowner (LA, CA)
Not only is it a functionally great chair but it is an excellent decor piece as well. Love it!!!! Great for cozy reading and lounging - and just to look at
This slightly smaller Womb chair fit wonderfully in our space
By: Henry, Designer (San Francisco)
This slightly smaller Womb chair fit wonderfully in our space (and fits average sized adults well), whereas the full size Womb would have been overpowering. The upholstery was true to samples, and the chair was delivered on time and without any flaws.
Designer: Eero Saarinen
The son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and his wife, textile artist Loja, Eero Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale before working on furniture design with Norman Bel Geddes and practicing architecture with his father. He collaborated on several projects in furniture design with his friend, Cranbrook alumnus Charles Eames, and opened his own practice in Bloomfield Hills in 1950. Among the many buildings for which he is known are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was the recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions.View other products by Eero Saarinen
Knoll believes good design is good business. A commitment to modern design has yielded a comprehensive portfolio of furniture products and textiles designed to provide enduring value and help clients shape their workspaces with imagination and vision. Recognized as a design leader worldwide, Knoll products are exhibited in major art museums, with more than 40 pieces in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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