The Womb Chair
at 75 Years
Revolutionary in 1948 and resonant today
Designed for Florence Knoll by Eero Saarinen, the Womb Chair defied conventions of what a chair could be—from the feminist instinct that sparked its inception to the materials and construction that allowed its organic form.
Today, after 75 years in homes, workplaces, and the cultural zeitgeist, the Womb Chair persists as a ubiquitous beacon of comfort and icon of modern design.
A defiance of
the status quo
A new form
A perfected and patented design
The chair debuted in 1948 as the Model 70, and Eero filed a patent for his “shaped chair”. The organic form and liberating comfort earned it a nickname later officially adopted—the Womb Chair—and spurred a quick ascent into the cultural zeitgeist.