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Womb Chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

ca. 1953

GUSN

GUSN-56328

Description

One piece molded plastic chair with reinforced shell; Gray and white two-tone upholstery.

Details

Descriptive Terms

womb chairs
foam (material form)
steel (alloy)
enamel (fused coating)
cotton (fiber)
polyester (fiber)
Modern (styles and periods)
Chair

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.

Associated Person

Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969

Associated Building

Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

1984.38

Maker

Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 (Designer)
Knoll Associates (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

USA; New York, NY, USA

Dimensions

35 3/4 x 39 x 31 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Ise Gropius

Accession Number

1984.38A

Date

ca. 1953 (given to Walter Gropius on his 70th birthday)

Places

New York state (United States)

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