Physically and psychologically comforting, the Womb Chair was introduced in the late 1940s by Eero Saarinen, who said the chair gives its user “a sublime feeling of security…”
This example of organic midcentury modernism has been in constant production for almost 70 years at Knoll, where co-founder Florence Knoll asked Saarinen to create a chair that she could curl up in.
Saarinen was deeply interested in the ergonomics related to his aesthetic principle that a chair should be a piece of sculpture in a room and also provide a flattering background when it’s in use. He spent two years refining the design by observing and sketching the ways people actually sat in chairs.
Seat pf molded reinforced fiberglass and matching ottoman of molded plywood, both enclosed in foam and with separate seat, back and ottoman cushions of poly fiber over a foam core – all supported by slender frame of bent steel rods
Born in Finland in 1910 Eero Saarinen moved to America with his parents in 1923.
The son of famous architect Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, that artistic DNA and early exposure to his parents’ processes allowed Saarinen to comprehend and work on furniture and interior design, architecture and fabrics from an early age.
Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale University’s School of Architecture.
Womb Chair | c.1948
Original: Knoll | USA
Current: Knoll | USA
Dimensions: 40″W x 34″D x 35.5″H
Material: foam over fiberglass shell, steel legs