Finnish American Eero Saarinen (1910- 1961) is one of the most famous architects and industrial designers of the 20th century. The simple, sweeping, arching structural curves characterizing his pieces cannot be mistaken for anything else. Even though he was a great architect as well, Saarinen is mostly known for his iconic furnitures. The most popular ones were “Womb” chair and ottoman (from 1948), the “Womb” settee (from 1950), side- and armchairs (from 1948–1950), and of course the “Tulip” or “Pedestal” group (from 1956), which featured side- and armchairs, dining, coffee and side tables, as well as stool. All of his chairs are produced by Knoll furniture company, founded by Hans Knoll (who married by the way Saarinen family friend Florence (Schust) Knoll).
When I found those nice Saarinen redo-s on Chairloom’s website while writing the previous post (see the image below) I knew I would dedicate this post to him, because I admire his oeuvre so much.
I do not attempt to provide you with a design history lesson but rather just to show you that these immortal mid-century masterpieces can fit into contemporary homes – of no matter what style – just as much as decades ago!
Womb Chair (1947-48)
“Tulip” or “Pedestal” group (1956)
Tulip side chairs in these two interiors:
Tulip side chairs and armchairs:
Tulip side chairs with Tulip dining table in the following two:
Tulip dining tables combined with various types of side chairs of different styles:
via Nouvo Estilo
Finally, Executive Chairs from the 60’s:
You can also find the original sources through my Pinterest board ‘S A A R I N E N‘