• Knoll Saarinen Executive Chair by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Executive Arm Chair by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Executive Chair by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Executive Chair by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Executive Chair by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Executive Arm Chair by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Executive Chair by Eero Saarinen
  • Knoll Saarinen Executive Chair by Eero Saarinen

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Saarinen Executive Armless Chair

Eero Saarinen 1950

Featured in nearly all Florence Knoll-designed interiors, the Saarinen Executive Chair remains one of the most popular Knoll designs. Introduced in 1950, the chair transformed the notion of what executive seating could be with its sculptural form and modern finishing.

Details

Construction and Details
  • Available in a wide range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Available with plastic back available in white or black
  • Seat features molded, reinforced polyurethane back shell and a contoured plywood seat form
  • Steel legs are seamless tubular steel with polished chrome finish
  • Wood legs are solid, steam-bent oak available in 5 finish colors
  • Available with 5-star base with casters,360 degree swivel, tilt with tilt tension, and pneumatic seat height adjustment
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

 

Downloads for Saarinen Executive Armless Chair

General Info

Planning Tools

Finishes

Available in a variety of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck Leathers.

See approval matrices in the downloads section for more detail.

  • color Light Oak
  • color Pearwood
  • color Light Walnut
  • color Reff Dark Cherry
  • color Ebonized Walnut
  • color Chrome

Dimensions

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.