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Eero Saarinen (Finnish American, 1910-1961) for Knoll Associates Womb Chair and Ottoman

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Auction: 20th Century Design - 3885TLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: December 13, 2021 12:00PM


Eero Saarinen (Finnish American, 1910-1961) for Knoll Associates Womb Chair and Ottoman, United States, 1963, upholstery, steel, fiberglass shell, chair ht. 35 1/2, wd. 40, dp. 34, ottoman ht. 16, wd. 25 1/2, dp. 20 in.

Note: Saarinen was the son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen. In 1930, he enrolled in the Yale architecture program. In 1934, he returned to Michigan to teach at Cranbrook, work on furniture designs, and practice architecture with his father. At Cranbrook, he met Charles Eames, collaborating on several projects, the most notable being a collection of molded plywood chairs for the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Their collection was awarded first prize in all categories, catapulting the young designers to the forefront of the American modern furniture movement.

Saarinen also met Florence Knoll at Cranbrook. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, she invited 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.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Very good condition. Later upholstery. One small area of discoloration on the left arm facing.

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Charles Eames, Eliel Saarinen, United States