Originally introduced in the 1940s, the Womb chair was the biggest inspiration in creating what you today see as one of the top sellers of mid-century design. As one of the most recognizable lounge chairs of the era it has been designed with a simple, yet highly functional structure, resulting in a lightweight and exceptionally comfortable piece of furniture that allows you to sit back in whatever way you want and enjoy the luxurious comfort it provides. Available as a premium-quality reproduction.
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Moved by his life-long dream of creating a single-piece chair, Eero Saarinen started experimenting with novel materials and techniques. His pursuit of suitable solutions led him to maybe the unlikeliest of places – the shipyard. Inspired by the contemporary approach to shipbuilding, Saarinen designed a fiberglass shell positioned on a polished chrome steel frame which ensured stability and flexibility at the same time, with a rather simple, yet elegant design.
The chair and ottoman were then designed along the same lines in order to put additional emphasis on comfort which was always the number one priority in the design of this mid-century modern masterpiece. The ottoman’s height is also very close to the seat height of the chair which makes it perfect for leg rest. While the variety of color options provides versatility danish cashmere wool makes sure you are always comfortable when relaxing.
The chair was designed with the following dimensions – width of 41.73 inches, a height of 36.22 inches, and a seat depth of 37 inches, which makes it perfect for any modern living room. The matching ottoman comes with a height of 16.53 inches and a width of 20.47 inches.
The chair’ss history at the same time exemplifies Eero Saarinen’s approach to chair design and modern furniture. The same minimalist approach and focus on ergonomics and functionality can be viewed in many of his other designs, even as different as his single-base legless Tulip dining chair. It is also important to note that the original piece was designed for premium cashmere wool upholstery, but soon after the model went into production in 1948, leather chair womb appeared and became an instant hit among mid-century modern designs.
Another important part of history is the public’s fascination with this model – which seems to indicate that Saarinen managed to fulfill Knoll’s requirements and in the process, he created a perfect chair for the modern home. A Coca Cola advertisement from 1958 depicted Santa Claus drinking Coke in a Womb chair and another public appearance of this model was on the cover page of Saturday Evening Post.