Designer Eero Saarinen created the ground-breaking Womb Armchair in 1946 at Florence Knoll's request for a design that was ‘like a basket full of pillows’. With this demand for superior comfort in mind, Saarinen designed the ergonomic, enveloping Womb Armchair, upholstered here in Cato fabric in an assortment of hues.
The Saarinen Womb Armchair boasts a polished chrome-plated steel base, with an upholstered, moulded fibreglass shell. This ultimate designer chair doesn’t compromise on practicality or style, blending organic shape with a unique aesthetic.
Like many of Saarinen’s furniture designs, the Womb Armchair required production techniques and materials that were still in the infancy of their existence. Saarinen and Knoll innovatively found a boat builder in New Jersey who was experimenting with fibreglass and resin to help successfully develop manufacturing methods for the new design.
Inspired by a hand-woven aesthetic, the Cato fabric that this Womb Armchair is upholstered in was introduced in 1961 and is crafted from a wool-mix composition, with an exaggerated texture that creates the ultimate accent.
The enveloping, sculptural form of the Womb Armchair continues to be one of the most iconic and recognised representations of mid-century Scandinavian style, making it an ideal investment piece for both traditional and modern interior schemes.
The Womb Armchair is available in in brown, fire red, green, grey, ivory, natural and sand hues, making it a truly versatile addition to your space and a timeless design, sure to endure though the years.
Seat Height: 43.5cm
- Designed by Eero Saarinen at Florence Knoll’s request
- Iconic example of mid-century Scandinavian style
- Ergonomic cushioned shape with Cato fabric upholstery