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Icon in the spotlight: Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll

Icon in the spotlight: Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll

In "Icons in the Spotlight," you will read all about one of our exclusive objects; from the characteristics of the design piece itself to the idiosyncrasies of the designer. In this Icon, all the attention is on the Womb Chair, a chair to crawl all the way into during these dark days.

"A chair should not only look good as a piece of sculpture in a room when no one is in it; it should also be a flattering background when someone is in it," Eero Saarinen himself said of his design.

That is exactly what the Womb - the womb - offers you. An armchair that looks great anywhere, is comfortable and makes you feel safe and secure.

A true classic
The Womb Chair is as timeless a classic as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Chair or Charles and Ray Eames' Lounge Chair. Like these chairs, Saarinen's armchair looks like it was designed yesterday.

Yet this design by Eero Saarinen dates back as far as 1945. Good friend and interior designer Florence Knoll asked him to design a chair she could sink into wonderfully. Saarinen went to work and came up with a chair, without cushions, yet so comfortable that you could sit in it for hours.


Trial and error
Saarinen was already experimenting with bending veneers. He set out to find a method by which he could make the seat of a chair in one piece in such a similar way. Together with Florence, he explored the possibilities. With state-of-the-art materials and the latest production techniques, it had to be possible, they thought.

It proved no easy task. Saarinen and Knoll ended up with fiberglass in (polyster) resin. The processing of this material was in its infancy at the time, but this fiberglass was already being experimented with in the boat industry. The couple sought cooperation with a boat builder in New Jersey who already had some experience with this. The boat builder was not eager, but inspired by the enthusiasm of the young designers, he agreed anyway. After several failures, the three finally managed to bend the seat of the chair into the desired shape.

Ultimate seating comfort
It took more than three years before the design could actually go into production. Although the initial design did not include cushions, two cushions ended up in the chair. For the ultimate in seating comfort, complement the armchair with an ottoman.

The tub is covered with foam, which is overlaid with the quality fabric of your choice. The legs are made of seamless tubular steel, which is also available in various designs. The chair is available in two sizes.

In our gallery you will find the Womb Chair in a version in a beautiful taupe Colorado, a luxurious wool fabric that accentuates the feeling of security.

Would you like to try for yourself if the Womb Chair does indeed offer you such fantastic seating comfort? You are welcome to visit our gallery. Our team is here for you with advice (and a cup of coffee!)

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