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Womb Chair

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Shortly after Eero Saarinen (1910–61) joined Florence Knoll at the manufacturer she had established with her husband, Hans, she presented the Finnish-born designer with a serious request: to create for her the world’s most comfortable chair, something, Saarinen recalls, that felt like “a basket full of pillows.”

Presented with the challenge, Saarinen went primal. What, the designer figured, better signifies the very essence of comfort than the womb? "It was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb,” the designer said of his chair, which began production in 1948. “The chair is an attempt to rectify this maladjustment in our civilization.” 

The Womb chair, like many other masterpieces of modernist design, is genius in its simplicity. Comprised of few materials, the chair consists of a fabric-wrapped, molded fiberglass bucket set atop legs of tubular steel. The skeletal look of the frame keeps the chair from appearing bulky despite the seat’s oversized silhouette, which makes it inviting to people of all sizes.

"There seemed to be a need for a large and really comfortable chair to take the place of the old overstuffed chair,” Saarinen once said of his concept. Indeed, despite being indisputably comfortable, the Womb doesn’t require an abundance of padding and tufting — instead, its comfort owes to a perfectly shaped shell of fiberglass. This new approach to ergonomics both reflected Saarinen’s love of streamlined forms and echoed the kind of experimental work being done by American designers Charles and Ray Eames, who, like Florence Knoll, were friends he'd made at Cranbrook Academy of Art while he taught there. 

It didn’t take long for the chair to become a cultural phenomenon; in the decade following its release, it appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial, a New Yorker cartoon and in a Norman Rockwell painting on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Today, Knoll offers the seat in some 15 upholstery options, and when Saarinen’s famous TWA terminal reopened as a hotel in 2019, Womb chairs featured prominently in the guest rooms, continuing the legacy of this classic design. 

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Vintage "Womb" Boucle Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Burbank, CA
Wonderful vintage “womb” boucle chair and ottoman designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in the United States, early 1940s. This chair has a modern design and could be considered even a...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Eero Saarinen Original Midcentury Womb Chair and Ottoman Foot Stool for Knoll
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Iconic and classic. This sculpturally designed, original womb chair and accompanying ottoman is by famed Finnish / American designer Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll. The chair an...
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Upholstery

Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Pouf Ottoman in Patagonia Shearling
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A favourite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcycled Womb chairs are some of our most p...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Mid-Century Modern Womb Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in Leather
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A nice early 1950s womb chair and ottoman designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll. The chair was redone in dark cognac colored leather in the early 2000s. Black frame origina...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman in Zebra
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
A favorite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcycled Womb Chairs are some of our most popul...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Zebra Hide

Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair in Zebra
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
A favorite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcycled Womb Chairs are some of our most popul...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Zebra Hide

Bespoke Womb Chair and Ottoman in New Zealand Sheepskin, Ivory
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
A favorite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcycled womb chairs are some of our most po...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Single Blue Eero Saarinen for Knoll Womb Chair
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Great pair of Womb chairs. Original condition no rips or tears but could use a cleaning or new upholstery. No Ottomans. Made circa 1980s.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Womb Chair & Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Dallas, TX
A womb chair and ottoman designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll upholstered in baroque fabric.
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Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs

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Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman in Australian Sheepskin
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
A favourite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcycled womb chairs are some of our most p...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman in Patagonia Shearling
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
A favourite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcycled womb chairs are some of our most p...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman in California Sheepskin
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
A favourite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcylced womb chairs are some of our most pop...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair in Australian Sheepskin
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcylced womb chairs are some of our most popular designs. This womb chair will be mad...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair Without Ottoman in California Sheepskin
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Note: The listing is for womb chair only, no ottoman included. A favourite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Eero Saarinen Womb Chair in Loro Piana Alpaca Wool
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
“Eero Saarinen designed the groundbreaking womb chair at Florence Knoll's request for ‘a chair that was like a basket full of pillows - something she could really curl up in.’ This m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Forsyth Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman in Texas Sheepskin
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
A favorite of the Forsyth design team! We have an incredible collection of vintage chairs and design icons waiting for a new life. Our upcycled womb chairs are some of our most p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Mid Century Womb Chair with Chrome Frame, Set of 2
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Countryside, IL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll mid century Womb chair with chrome frame - Set of 2 Each chair measures: 42 wide x 34 deep x 36.5 high, with a seat height of 13 and arm height of 20.5 inc...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rare Early Pair of Eero Saarinen Womb Chairs and Ottomans, Knoll, USA, 1950s
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in London, GB
A very rare pair of early production Eero Saarinen womb chairs and ottomans, made by Knoll, USA, 1950s. Original Knoll fabric, fibreglass, black enameled steel frames and first editi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Vintage Knoll Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen in COM
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Womb chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll with chrome base. Offered in COM. USA, circa 2000-2010. Signed. Measures: Seat height 16.5 inches.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Early Womb Chair Designed for Eero Saarinen
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Stamford, CT
A early production womb chair designed by Eero Saarinen. Produced by Knoll starting in 1946 this model was produced in 1952. It retains its original label. Newly reupholstered.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll 'Womb' Chair with Ottoman in Blue Upholstery
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 'Womb' chair with ottoman, fabric, metal, 1946-1948, United States. This shelled, cushioned lounge chair is designed between 1946 and 1948 by Eero Saarinen....
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal

Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Eero Saarinen for Knoll Womb chair and Ottoman. Said to be like your Mother's Womb in Comfort! Originally designed in 1948 and in constant production ever since! This chair is probab...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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