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Icons at The Conran Shop: Saarinen Conference Chair

An iconic design by Eero Saarinen, the Conference Chair was first introduced in 1957 and revolutionised the notion of what executive seating could be.


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With simple semi-circular shaping and a streamlined silhouette, the Saarinen Conference Chair offers uncomplicated comfort through its fluid and sculptural form.

Its contemporary style is accented by the tactile Hallingdal upholstery, which weaves together two muted grey hues to add a multidimensional, soft edge to the clean-lined, modern design.


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Designed for Kvadrat by Nanna Ditzel and introduced in 1965, Hallingdal fabric is crafted from a wool-mix blend and is still manufactured by the Kvadrat company to this day, and adornes a vast range of interiors and workplaces the world over.


Saarinen bio

Eero Saarinen seated in a prototype of his Womb Chair. 1947. Photograph: Harvey Croze. Copyright Cranbrook Archives. AA2221-4. Courtesy of


Finnish-American architect and designer Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was one of the most prolific and diverse industrial designers of the 20th century. Known for simple, sweeping, structural curves and machine-like rationalism, he studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale. After meeting Charles Eames, a friendship and design partnership blossomed that resulted in several projects, including their ground-breaking collection of moulded plywood chairs for the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition.