Eero Saarinen Womb chair
As one of Eero Saarinen’s most recognisable and best-sold designs, the Womb chair paired with a matching ottoman has captivated the public for decades. Our premium reproduction of this model can now bring the same style to your home.
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Redefining the lounge chair
With a classic mid century modern appeal, Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair has been the pride of Knoll furniture company for decades. Designed at the request of Florence Knoll herself, the Womb chair was considered revolutionary by many, not only in its appearance, but also in its structure. Saarinen Womb chair brought a completely new laid-back dimension to the lounge chair with its organic and comfortable, but playful design which didn’t narrow down the ways one can sit in it. Also known as Knoll Womb chair by its original manufacturer, this model is still highly popular today. Unimposing and simple in its elegance, yet innovative, stylish and exceptionally comfortable, Eero Saarinen Womb chair is a perfect example of the optimism and progress of the post-war years of the 20th century.
Saarinen Womb chair history
Womb lounge chair was born out of Florence Knoll’s desire to find a lounge chair that is not long and narrow, and hence restrictive and ‘one-dimensional’ as the famous designer and architect said back then. Instead, she wanted a lounge chair in which she could sit sideways or whatever way she wanted to – in other words, she wanted a lounge chair for the new century. This passing suggestion caught Saarinen’s attention and in 1946 he set out on a journey of creating a lounge chair that will meet these requirements. While the prototype was called simply No.70, Saarinen eventually decided to name his design Womb chair, inspired by the psychological theory popular at the time, stating that majority of people never felt comfortable and secure after leaving the womb.
Moved by his life-long dream of creating a single-piece chair, 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 eventually created a fiberglass shell positioned on polished chrome steel frame which ensured stability and flexibility at the same time, with a rather simple, yet elegant design.
Womb chair ottoman was then designed along the same lines in order to put additional emphasis on the comfort which was always the number one priority in the design of this mid century modern masterpiece.
The Womb chair was designed with the following dimensions – width of 41.73 inches, height of 36.22 inches and seat depth of 37 inches. The matching ottoman comes with the height of 16.53 inches and width of 20.47 inches. The Womb chair dimensions were carefully planned out in line with the ergonomic considerations which became much more prominent in furniture design at the time.
The Womb chair history at the same time exemplifies Eero Saarinen’s approach to furniture design as such. 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 Womb chair was designed for wool upholstery, but soon after the model went into production in 1948, leather Womb chair appeared and became an instant hit.
Another important part of the Womb chair history is the public’s fascination by this model – which seems to indicate that Saarinen managed to fulfill Knoll’s requirements and in the process, he created a perfect lounge 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.
Where to buy Womb chair?
As a very popular and influential lounge chair, Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair can be bought at various places, including online retailers such as eBay. If you are looking to buy a cheap Womb chair, you will quickly come across a number of questionable-quality Womb chair replicas and knock offs. Vintage Womb chair is rather pricey, so these alternatives are often pursued by people who don’t want to get too hard of a hit on their valet when getting this mid century lounge chair.
Here at byBESPOEK, we hope to show that cheap Womb chair don’t have to be low on quality. On the contrary, our Womb chair premium reproduction that is on sale at our website is designed with quality as the priority. Our designers, engineers and craftsmen worked together to come up with a production process that will allow us to eliminate excess materials and unnecessary costs while retaining the quality and all the features of the original. The result is a flawless Womb chair reproduction that matches the original down to smallest detail, while being available at just a fraction of the original price.
But if you are still unsure about our Womb chair replica and how it compares to the Womb chair original, we suggest checking out the reviews – we are confident that that will put aside your worries.
Styling with Saarinen Womb chair
Womb chair is highly versatile and it can be easily incorporated in a majority of contemporary interior design styles, including mid century modern, Scandinavian, minimalist and even eclectic or industrial. With its unimposing form and unprecedented comfort, this model is a favorite of most design enthusiasts. With a variety of upholsteries and colors, you can find the model that fits your personal preferences the best. For a more subtle expression, if you don’t want your Womb chair and ottoman to take too much attention, we recommend dimmer and more neutral shades. But, if you want it to be a centerpiece of your living room, then some more vivid option like a red Womb chair might be a better option. Regardless of your exact preferences when it comes to style and décor, Womb chair and ottoman premium reproductions on sale at our website are sure to meet your demands.