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    Upholstery Available Online (in colors shown above)

     

     

    Additional options available. Call 800 343-5665 to order
    • A wide range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck® leathers
    • 5-star base with casters,360 degree swivel, tilt with tilt tension, and pneumatic seat height adjustment
    • Additional finishes for wood legs
    Construction and Details
    • Molded reinforced polyurethane back shell with a contoured plywood seat form
    • Steel legs are seamless tubular steel with polished chrome finish
    • Wood legs are solid, steam-bent oak
    Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
    • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
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    After winning the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition with Charles Eames for their experiments with bent plywood in 1941, Eero Saarinen was eager to continue exploring the possibilities of a chair that achieved comfort through the shape of its shell, not the depth of its cushioning. Initially, he began the investigation with designs for smaller fiberglass task chairs, but changed direction when Florence Knoll approached him and asked, “Why not take the bull by the horns and do the big one first? I want a chair that is like a basket full of pillows…something I can curl up in.” While that’s not exactly where Saarinen ended up, the suggestion inspired one of the most iconic, and comfortable, chairs of the modern furniture movement, The Womb Chair.

    After completing the Womb Chair, Saarinen returned his focus to task seating, scaling down the concept and form of the womb into arm and armless chairs. Introduced as the 71 and 72 Series, the chairs replaced Florence Knoll’s model 43 chairs as the Planning Unit’s go-to seating solution. The iconic chair, often referred to as “that chair with the hole in the back,” has been a staple of the Knoll portfolio for more than 60 years.

    Born to world famous architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his teens. After studying sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale, Saarinen returned in 1934 to Michigan to teach at Cranbrook, work on furniture designs, and practice architecture with his father.

    It was at Cranbrook that Saarinen met Charles Eames. The two young men, both committed to the exploration of potential new materials and processes, quickly became great friends, pushing each other creatively while collaborating on several projects, most notably their groundbreaking and grand prize winning collection of molded plywood chairs for the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition.

    Saarinen also met Florence Knoll (né Schust) at Cranbrook, who at that time was a promising young protégé of Eliel Saarinen. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, it was an obvious choice for her to invite Eero to design for the company.

    Over the next 15 years Saarinen designed many of the most recognizable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip chairs and tables, the Womb chair, and the 70 series seating collection. In addition to his achievements in furniture, Eero Saarinen was a leader of the second-generation modernists. Among his outstanding projects are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport, and the CBS headquarters in New York.