Knoll Womb Chair

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Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair was the answer to Florence Knoll’s request for a chair she "could curl up in, like a basket of pillows." The midcentury classic provides ample support for a wide range of sitting positions, providing the comfort and security that gives the chair its name. Wanting to construct the chair from a single piece of material, Saarinen took technical cues from the shipbuilding industry. The upholstered fiberglass shell is perched on a polished chrome steel frame, creating a sculptural form that draws the eye but blends into many interior designs. The Womb Chair was released in 1948 and quickly grew in stature as it was featured in a Coca-Cola ad, a New Yorker cartoon, and a Saturday Evening Post cover.

Photo: Nic Lehoux 

Written by Jenny Xie / Dwell