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    Womb Chair
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    Womb Chair

    About the Design

    Shortly after Eero Saarinen (1910–61) joined Cranbrook Academy of Art alum Florence Knoll at the manufacturer she had established with her husband, Hans, she presented the Finnish-born designer with a serious request: to create for her the world’s most comfortable chair, something, Saarinen recalls, that felt like “a basket full of pillows.”


    Presented with the challenge, Saarinen went primal. What, the designer figured, better signifies the very essence of comfort than the womb? "It was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb,” the designer said of his chair, which began production in 1948. “The chair is an attempt to rectify this maladjustment in our civilization.”?


    The Womb chair, like many other masterpieces of modernist design, is genius in its simplicity. Comprised of few materials, the chair consists of a fabric-wrapped, molded fiberglass bucket set atop legs of tubular steel. The skeletal look of the frame keeps the chair from appearing bulky despite the seat’s oversized silhouette, which makes it inviting to people of all sizes.


    "There seemed to be a need for a large and really comfortable chair to take the place of the old overstuffed chair,” Saarinen once said of his concept. Indeed, despite being indisputably comfortable, the Womb doesn’t require an abundance of padding and tufting — instead, its comfort owes to a perfectly shaped shell of fiberglass. This new approach to ergonomics both reflected Saarinen’s love of streamlined forms and echoed the kind of experimental work being done by American designers Charles and Ray Eames, who, like Florence Knoll, were friends he'd made at Cranbrook while he taught there.


    It didn’t take long for the chair to become a cultural phenomenon; in the decade following its release, it appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial, a New Yorker cartoon and in a Norman Rockwell painting on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Today, Knoll offers the seat in some 15 upholstery options, and when Saarinen’s famous TWA terminal reopened as a hotel in 2019, Womb chairs featured prominently in the guest rooms, continuing the legacy of this classic design.?


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    Eero Saarinen Original Midcentury Womb Chair and Ottoman Foot Stool for Knoll
    By Eero Saarinen
    Located in Studio City, CA
    Iconic and Classic. This sculpturally designed, original Womb chair and accompanying ottoman is by famed Finnish/ American designer Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll. The chair and...
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    Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Upholstery

    Eero Saarinen, Early "Womb" Chair, 1950s
    By Eero Saarinen
    Located in New York, NY
    Early "Womb" chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Associates, circa 1950s Original orange wool is in excellent condition, seat and back cushions have been reupholstered in Maharam dark ...
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    Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Iron

    Iconic Mid-Century Modern Knoll Womb Chair and Ottoman
    By Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in San Antonio, TX
    Iconic Mid-Century Modern Knoll womb chair and ottoman. Fully refurbished and reupholstered in a feisty Bernard Velluti red velvet with back and seat cushions in a Carlucci black vel...
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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    Chrome

    Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman in California Sheepskin
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
    A favourite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcylced womb chairs are some of our most p...
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Sheepskin

    Mid-Century Modern Womb Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in Leather
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Philadelphia, PA
    A nice early 1950s womb chair and ottoman designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll. The chair was redone in dark cognac colored leather in the early 2000s. Black frame origina...
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    Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Steel

    Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in Original Knoll Fabric, 1970s
    By Eero Saarinen
    Located in Santa Fe, NM
    An original womb chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in original Knoll blue or green wool, 1970s.
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    Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Chrome

    Early Womb Chair Designed for Eero Saarinen
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Stamford, CT
    A early production womb chair designed by Eero Saarinen. Produced by Knoll starting in 1946 this model was produced in 1952. It retains its original label. Newly reupholstered.
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    Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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    Steel

    Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair Without Ottoman in California Sheepskin
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
    Note: The listing is for womb chair only, no ottoman included. A favourite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiti...
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Sheepskin

    Pair of Womb Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Waalwijk, NL
    Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 'Womb Chair', fabric, metal, United States, design 1946-1948. This shelled, cushioned armchair is designed between 1946 and 1948 by Eero Saarinen. The cha...
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    Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Metal

    "Womb" Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Brooklyn, NY
    Mid-Century Modern Classic chair designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. Includes matching ottoman. Great form and design newly recovered in naugahyde. (Please confirm item location - ...
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    Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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    Fabric

    Womb Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Boston, MA
    Designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in 1948, the Womb Chair places a comfortable foam-covered fiberglass shell into a chromed steel rod frame. This Classic womb chair and its matchin...
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    Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Chrome

    Eero Saarinen Knoll Womb Chair in Knoll Cato Wool Fabric
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Miami, FL
    Eero Saarinen Knoll womb chair in original fabric Offered for sale is an early example of the "Womb" chair designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948 at the request of Florence Knoll. This...
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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    Metal

    Knoll Medium Womb Chair in Orange Cato
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Berkeley, CA
    Eero Saarinen for Knoll Medium Womb chair foam covered molded fiberglass upholstered in Knoll CATO orange wool on polished chrome legs.
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Fabric

    Womb Chair with Footstool by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 1959
    By Eero Saarinen
    Located in Berlin, Berlin
    An early model womb chair, designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll International. The chair has been restored and newly upholstered. Super comfortable!
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    Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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    Metal

    Eero Saarinen Womb Chair in Loro Piana Alpaca Wool
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
    “Eero Saarinen designed the groundbreaking womb chair at Florence Knoll's request for ‘a chair that was like a basket full of pillows - something she could really curl up in.’ This m...
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Wool, Alpaca

    Vintage Knoll Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen in COM
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in New York, NY
    A vintage Womb chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll with chrome base. Offered in COM. USA, circa 2000-2010. Signed. Measures: Seat height 16.5 inches.
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    Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Metal

    Pair of Knoll Womb Chairs Designed by Eero Saarinen
    By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
    Located in Dallas, TX
    Very clean pair of womb chairs designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll. Retains paper label to underside. $3400 each. Original grey upholstery.
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    Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Nickel

    Eero Saarinen Womb Chair with Original Upholstery and Steel Frame
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Miami, FL
    Eero Saarinen Womb Chair with Original Upholstery and Steel Frame Offered for sale is an early example of the "Womb" chair designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948 at the request of Floren...
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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    Steel

    Early Production Eero Saarinen for Knoll Womb Chair with Ottoman
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Ferndale, MI
    Eero Saarinen for Knoll. Shell has been re-foamed and correctly upholstered in period syle Maharam Kvadrat wool textile. Black frame powder coated new glides have been added. Measur...
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    Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Wrought Iron

    Eero Saarinen Womb Chair with Ottoman by Knoll in Knoll Dynamic Fabric
    By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
    Located in Berlin, DE
    Newly upholstered Knoll womb chair in Knoll dynamic fabric, 1960s production.
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    Vintage 1940s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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    Metal