I'm lucky to have grown up in a not-so-typical environment; a hundred year old converted baseball glove factory that my parents purchased and helped develop the cities first hard lofts. Inside my parents sought out to fill the space with content that would juxtapose the rich texture and exposed finishes with classic lines that amplified the timelessness of the space. One of these pieces is a favourite of mine, the modern classic Womb chair.
Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948, the Womb chair is probably one of the most comfortable Saarinen chairs in history. Made in 1948 at request by Florence Knoll to create “a chair she could curl up in,” it displays the Finnish-born designer’s flair for challenging rules, breaking molds and setting new standards for modern design.
With its cradle form designed for a relaxed seating position, the Womb chair is reflective of Saarinen’s style of designing furniture with organic architecture and is a key selection for me as I build my collection of classics.
This large lounger is called the Womb Chair because of its unique, enveloping shape. The chair and ottoman are completely upholstered in a wool & polyester blend fabric over a foam-lined molded fiberglass frame. Saarinen’s Womb Chair continues to be one of the most recognized representations of mid-century modernism and a number of Saarinen’s chairs for Knoll have become landmarks in the history of 20th century design.
Manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of Eero Saarinen, the Womb Chair is available in all its glory at DWR.