Classic Lounge Chair to be Discontinued! Hurry!
Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Oct 16th 2018
The Womb chair
evokes a primal feeling of safety and coziness, one that brings back memories,
helps us overcome anxiety, and brings us to a happier place. It was the result
of many hours of work, and it holds the very heart and soul of Finnish-American
designer Eero Saarinen.
The story begins
with Florence Knoll, née Schust, genius furniture designer and architect who
wanted to bring the best in European design to America. Her furniture company
helped spread and popularize the style that we know today as mid-century
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acquaintance with many designers that have become household names in this day
and age at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Among them is the Eames couple, Harry
Bertoia, and the teachers Eliel Saarinen and Daniel Libeskind. Saarinen taught
Mrs. Knoll and, around 1936, she would delve into furniture design along with
Mr. Saarinen’s son Eero.
The making of
the Womb Chair
Tired of regular
lounge chair designs, Mrs. Knoll became fed up with the existing furniture and
commissioned Eero to build her a chair that was meant for resting, primarily.
She wanted the chair to feel like “a basket full of pillows,” something that
she “could really curl up in.”
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Eero’s imagination, and he started thinking about a concept. While pondering
about comfort, he abandoned the idea of padding and cushions. Like other
modernists, he wanted to build as close to nature as possible to escape the
realm of the artificial, of industry itself. He wanted the chair to be
naturally cozy, instead of forcing comfort into the design.
Thus, he set out
to create a frame that would naturally adapt to the human body, something that
encased one’s figure entirely. Along with Knoll, he persuaded a New Jersey
boatmaker to help him work with fiberglass (a fairly new material at the time)
and began creating the first prototypes.
The Womb chair
and Ottoman today
In 1948, the
first Womb chairs sprung from the Knolls’ production line. They were instantly
successful and many were sold. Most of them are highly sought-after antiques
today, though you can get a contemporary rendition from Knoll (and other
certified dealers) for about $3,000.
The final 1948
design included a comfortable ottoman that followed the same vision and
fiberglass construction. Nowadays, they are inseparable. A quality replica will
always include the ottoman for maximum comfort and style, and the legacy of
Florence Knoll and Eero Saarinen lives on through the Womb chair itself.