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One piece molded plastic chair with reinforced shell; Gray and white two-tone upholstery.
foam (material form)
enamel (fused coating)
Modern (styles and periods)
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.
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969
Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.),
Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 (Designer)
Knoll Associates (Manufacturer)
USA; New York, NY, USA
35 3/4 x 39 x 31 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Ise Gropius
ca. 1953 (given to Walter Gropius on his 70th birthday)
New York state (United States)
Title Chair Cushion Accession Number 1984.38B
Title Chair Accession Number S2020.4.1
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