Knoll Eero Saarinen - Womb Chair
Eero Saarinen 1948
In 1948 Eero Saarinen designed the groundbreaking Womb Chair at Florence Knoll’s specific request for “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows…something I could really curl up in.”
Construction and Details
Base finished with matte black paint or polished chrome
Seat shell is foam-covered molded fiberglass
Base is steel rod with polished chrome finish
GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
Womb Chair - Medium
Height: 31 ¼"
Seat Height: 15"
Arm Height: 18"
Womb Chair - Large
Height: 35 ½"
Seat Height: 16"
Arm Height: 20 ½"
Like many of Saarinen’s furniture designs, the Womb Chair required production techniques and materials still in the infancy of their existence. Saarinen and Florence Knoll found a boat builder in New Jersey who was experimenting with fiberglass and resin to help develop manufacturing methods for the new chair. Florence Knoll: “He was very skeptical. We just begged him. I guess we were so young and so enthusiastic he finally gave in and worked with us. We had lots of problems and failures until they finally got a chair that would work.”