During his long association with Knoll Eero Saarinen designed many important pieces of furniture including the #8220;Grasshopper#8221; lounge chair and ottoman (1946), the #8220;Womb#8221; chair and ottoman (1948), the #8220;Womb#8221; settee (1950), side and arm chairs (1948–1950), and his most famous #8220;Tulip#8221; or #8220;Pedestal#8221; group (1956), which featured side and arm chairs, dining, coffee and side tables, as well as a stool. All of these designs were highly successful except for the #8220;Grasshopper#8221; lounge chair, which, although in production through 1965, was not a big success.
Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman (1948) #8211; KnollStudio
Eero Saarinen#8217;s celebrated, biomorphic “Womb Chair” is one of his most recognizable designs. It features a steel rod base with a polished chrome finish. It was designed exclusively for Knoll and it displays the Finnish-born designer#8217;s flair for challenging rules, breaking molds and setting new standards for modern design. The Womb Chair and Ottoman have sold for more than half a century, currently available at KnollStudio in 3 sizes: standard, medium and small. The standard and medium sizes have an accompanying ottoman. The Chair is constructed of foam over a molded, reinforced fiberglass shell.
Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen (1956) #8211; KnollStudio
Saarinen#8217;s Pedestal collection was designed between 1955 and 1957 as a part of his #8220;one piece, one material#8221; furniture philosophy. The Tulip armchair is part of the Pedestal Group of tables, stools and chairs, created to solve Saarinen#8217;s dislike of the #8216;slum of legs.#8217; Saarinen#8217;s original intention to become a sculptor is evident in his use of non-rectilinear forms and constant striving for innovative solutions to age old questions. The Tulip chair is a plastic molded seat mounted on a single aluminum pedestal. Eero Saarinen wanted to make it completely from plastic, to achieve a continuous single-piece construction, but the strength of the pedestal was in doubt, so he painted the aluminum to make it look like plastic. The Tulip chair combines a molded fiberglass shell with optional swivel seat or fixed position on a cast aluminum pedestal base. KnollStudio offers the Saarinen tulip chairs with or without arms.