Eero Saarinen’s most iconic creation, the Womb Chair & Ottoman replica is nowadays, one of the most popular furniture pieces from the mid-century modern style, and one of the best-sellers from our store. Perhaps, the only way a replica can exist is by following designs of iconic furniture pieces, this chair made its way after the Finish-American designer Eero Saarinen had the idea to make it happen, to the 21st century, 60 years later.
In consequence, the basket full of pillows dream-chair that designer Florence Knoll requested back then, is still alive and standing. And we’ll find out why, here.
As we have talked about before, it was in 1946, just after a short meeting with Florence Knoll at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, that the Saarinen concept was born. Back then, Knoll told him that she needed a chair that she might simply “sit in sideways or any other way she wanted”, tired of uncomfortable lounge chairs that everyone had back in the days.
Saarinen then proceeded to work on the primary version of the piece by taking a modern’s womb as inspiration. Indeed, he felt that not many people had been comfy in their lives since they left their mother’s womb.
Nowadays reviews of Saarinen’s masterpiece
This particular seat is favorite by tons of individuals around the world who extremely praised for the sense of safety that conveys. With an ottoman by its side, the piece has achieved a long story of making people naps, breaks and reading times the most comfortable ones.
If you search the net for clues, you’ll realize that the majority of individuals agree that the comfort the chair provides isn’t only singularly real but fascinating. Likewise, a fast Google search will pop-out countless forums where individuals seeking comfy chairs that don’t break their backs and posture are being advised to get Eero’s creation.
Reviews from celebrated furnishings sites agree that the chair is nearly nonnatural, a fact we won’t understand until experiencing sitting on one. However, public opinion has set an spotlight for this piece, thanks to whole womb seat fanatics getting across their point among the entire designer furniture field: The womb chair is one of the most comfortable and beautiful chairs and it might be the best for 6”1 people who can’t fall in love with Eames lounges.
Even though, a fair deeper search will reveal some detractors of Saarinen’s comfy lounge. Like, people who’s commented that the chair had a sitting structure that was no appealing to them. Most likely, this might be explained with them not given a good use of it. For example, by using it as an office chair, which is wrong.
So, why is the Womb Chair Popular?
Just like Florence Knoll wanted, the seat is meant to provide high-quality rests and relaxation. It was not made to sit upright, getting long hours of work done or doing significant readings and long period studying, it has to be used to lay back during breaks and get over the stress of regular life. In fact, the womb exists so people can sit down, stretch their legs, extend the back and shut their eyes while it fills the room with personality and style.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, just like many other mid-century modern furniture this piece is still popular because of two reasons:
- It is functional and durable – it does what it says it can do: It’ll be comfortable and stylish for a long time.
- It’s ageless, versatile and beautiful: It delivers modernity and personality to any room regardless is designed era.
For this reason, its structure has accomplished nowadays sells success logline: “It’s just like they advertised”. Now, if we add that the boom of high-quality knock-off market has decreased its price while being faithful to the original design and materials, the only question left is how wouldn’t it be still popular?
Nostalgic, hard-working, money-saving Millennials can get enough of it and as they are the new market costumers, this might mean that the piece has a long-road left on its future.
Still, present in the market
Even though, back in the days, the main material utilized in constructing the structure of the chair was fiberglass, a flexible material suited to chairs. Nowadays, several knock-off sellers have contributed to the decrease in high-quality replicas by relying on cheap materials and avoiding fiberglass to deliver cheaper badly-made versions for the audience. On the other hand, not everything it’s lost.
Along with a polished chrome base and a frame padded high-quality fabric over a fiberglass shell, there are manufacturers which Womb Chair & Ottoman replica is intended to facilitate the original experienced among new audiences.
Like Florence Knoll would have wanted, Manhattan Home Designs (just like BCN), for example, presents a faithful representation of Eero Saarinen’s creation for the mid-century and modernist furniture design movement, that features accurately shaped fiberglass frames and high-density memory foam moldings wrapped in premium wool upholstery.
In short, If you’re considering this piece for your house bear in mind shopping for a duplicate that fulfills all of the specifications of the initial Saarinen style to assure getting its real comfort.
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