womb chair

£4,872.00

Designed by Eero Saarinen
Manufactured by Knoll

When asked by Florence Knoll to design ‘a chair that was like a basket full of cushions – something she could really curl up in’, Eero Saarinen produced the Womb chair. Manufacturing the Womb chair proved a challenge, and Saarinen and Florence Knoll had to turn to – and beg – a boat builder to undertake the challenge. Despite being used to working with fibreglass, there were many failures before the team reached the result we know. The Womb chair is wildly acclaimed as one of the most comfortable modern chairs produced.

Many more colour and upholstery options available. Please enquire for further details.

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Product Description

Dimensions
105wx 94d x 92cmh

Please note pricing includes cushions but excludes ottoman – please enquire for details and pricing. The Womb chair and Ottoman can also be specified with different upholsteries for the cushions.
Foam over molded, reinforced fiberglass shell.
Base in Steel rod with a polish chrome finish.
Glides: Stainless steel and nylon articulating glides.
Note: The Knoll logo is stamped into the structure of the chair and ottoman.

 

Additional information

Delivery

Made-to-order: 6-8 weeks.
Orders over £1000 free for Mainland UK.
Non-Mainland UK and International options available.
Please enquire for further details.

Story

The story of the Womb Chair dates back to the 1940s. Florence Knoll had recently joined her husband’s furniture business, Knoll Studio, and was on the lookout for a talented designer to create a lounge chair especially for them.

The brief, though clear, was certainly a little unconventional for the time: ‘I want a chair that is like a basket full of pillows… something I can really curl up in.’

Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen, whose work she was familiar with from her time at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Michigan, was the man for the job. He was known for his futuristic style, and his ideas about comfort were aligned with Florence’s.

In fact, one of the first decisions Eero made for the chair was that it shouldn’t have to rely on excessive padding to be comfy, something that many of the chairs at the time did. Instead, he devised a curved inner frame that would mould to the contours of the human body, and provide comfort naturally.