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Womb Chair

1984.38A (RS80883)

Description

One piece molded plastic chair with reinforced shell; Gray and white tweed upholstery.

Details

Label
This “womb” chair was designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen in 1946, and manufactured in 1948 by Knoll Associates. It is one of the few pieces of furniture in the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts not designed in the Bauhaus workshops. Ise Gropius said that it was given to Walter Gropius on his seventieth birthday. The design for the chair was the result of Saarinen's concern for the comfort of the sitter and the unity of its interior space and architecture. The original fabric remains intact.
Maker
Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 (Designer)
Knoll Associates (Manufacturer)
Date
1948
Location of origin
USA; New York, NY, USA
Associated Building
Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
foam (material form)
Object type
Furniture
Places
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Chair
foam (material form)
Modern (styles and periods)
womb chairs
People and organizations
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969
Dimensions
3 3/4 x 39 x 31 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1984.38A
Credit Line
Bequest of Ise Gropius
GUSN
56328
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