Classic Lounge Chair to be Discontinued! Hurry!
Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Nov 20th 2018
Created in 1946,
the Womb chair was designed to try and retrieve a feeling of comfort that,
according to its designer, could not be felt by anyone after they’d left their
mother’s womb. It’s a primal kind of comfort, one that has to do with
surrendering oneself to the chair.
Though its name
and description might point out to a particular demographic, the Womb chair is
definitely not for babies. An original design can currently surpass the $5,000
mark, while very good replicas will set you back about $1,500 (shipping
included). Let’s dig a little deeper into its history.
icon (for many people) of mid-century modernist design
The Womb chair
is not to be confused with a more contemporary design by Freyja Sewell, which
actually looks like a human belly and it’s not something you’d probably include
in your home design scheme. However, both works share a similar intention.
Suggested Item: Womb Chair Replica
was born in Finland in 1910 but grew up to become a master architect in
America. He’s the creator of the iconic Tulip table (and chairs), which
revolutionized the idea of an office, a living room, and even a kitchen.
came up with the Womb chair while working alongside Florence Knoll, who
disliked the reigning idea of a lounge chair. The word ‘lounge’ has a confusing
origin: most people believe it comes from an old 16th century term
for “resting, moving indolently and slowly.” Its similarity with the word
“long” is also notable, given that most lounge chairs were imagined to be that
Both Knoll and
Saarinen, however, struggled with the idea of a long seat as the epitome of
comfort. We already have beds for that purpose, so why should we attempt to
imitate that? It is possible to reimagine the shape of a chair? To make it more
A return to form
with the future in mind
The first Womb
chair was first intended to be built out of laminated wood in a shape similar
to that of a basket. This concept evolved to accommodate a cushion, an ottoman,
and a curvier outline, designed to bring about a feeling of being embraced, of
Suggested Item: Womb Chair & Ottoman
understood that nature was the only thing that could really provide comfort,
and that our attempts at replicating its forms had to pay homage to that idea.
Regular lounge chairs were based on the idea of a bed, but a bed is a manmade
object, something we created to escape our nature.
perhaps, we had to return to the source, and thus the Womb chair was finally
realized. Given Saarinen’s fame, the chair was an icon even before it went into
production, but sales were not that great at the time. However, the experience
of sitting on it was long-lasting and significant, and (decades later) the Womb
chair rose to become another monolith of mid-century modernism.