Expanding the popular Saarinen Executive Collection, the classic design has been extended with new options in bar and counter height stools. (See related products for counter height stool).Share
In his groundbreaking collection of 1957, Eero Saarinen transformed executive seating into a fluid, sculptural form.
Four-Leg Base: in wood finish. Single felts are available on request. Frame and Upholstery: Moulded reinforced polyurethane shell. Contoured plywood seat form. The foot ring has a brushed aluminium foot cap to protect the wood.
Wooden structure. Fabric and leather upholstery. This product is available with foam that meets requirements for BS585
Counter Stool – Height 101,5cm W 57 cm x D 49,5 cm x H 101,5 cm
Bar Stool – Height 114cm W 57 cm x D 49,5 cm X H 114 cm
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.
The son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and his wife, textile artist Loja, Eero Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale before working on furniture design with Norman Bel Geddes and practising architecture with his father. He collaborated on several projects in furniture design with his friend, Cranbrook alumnus Charles Eames, and opened his own practice in Bloomfield Hills in 1950. Among the many buildings for which he is known are the Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was the recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions.