Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Eero Saarinen and His Famous Curves


Have you ever created a work of genius only to have the credit given to someone else?  

Eero Saarinen certainly did when his father, Eliel Saarinen, was mistakenly sent the prize money for his winning design of the Saint Louis Gateway Arch—oops!

If this error hurt Saarinen’s pride, I’m guessing he would have bounced back quickly considering his many other masterpiece designs with his signature curves that have become icons of the Mid Century Modern era.   A few of these pieces include his Tulip Chairs, his Model 70 series of chairs and, the most comfortable of all, his Womb Chair he created at the request of his dear friend Florence Knoll who wanted “a chair that is like a basket full of pillows.”

Our Saarinen Womb Chair Reproduction closely matches the dimensions of the original design and honors his intention of making a chair with comfort that came from the shape of the shell, not from the amount of cushioning.  With 19 color options of our exclusive boucle textured fabrics to choose, this iconic chair can become a favorite lounging spot in any home.

Come check it out at any of our showroom locations and feel what it is like to curl up in “a chair that is like a basket full of pillows!”


Painting: "The Future Enters Us" by Sharon Kingston

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