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Is the Womb Chair & Ottoman still popular today?

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.

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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. 

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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:

  1. It is functional and durable – it does what it says it can do: It’ll be comfortable and stylish for a long time.  
  2. It’s ageless, versatile and beautiful: It delivers modernity and personality to any room regardless is designed era. 
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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. 

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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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Womb Chair & Ottoman: an Eero Saarinen masterpiece

The only way a replica can take place is by following designs of iconic furniture pieces that transcended in time. The Womb Chair & Ottoman made it to the 21st century more than 60 years after the Finish-American designer Eero Saarinen had the idea to make it happen. 

Dreamed basket full of pillows that designer Florence Knoll requested back then, is now alive and standing. However, like many incredible ideas, it had a long way to go, which required many hands to work and different heads to think. 

Eero Saarinen before the Womb Chair

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World acclaimed Eero Saarinen was born in the Republic of Finland within the year 1910. Saarinen is acknowledged for his innovations, style and for the controversies that enclosed his work. This architecture icon pushed the boundaries of design and created new styles in each project he worked on.

An artist first steps

It all started when Eero’s family moved to the USA when he was thirteen years old. Encouraged by his father Eliel Saarinen, who was a prominent figure in the American (and European) art circles of the time and his mother Loja Gesellius, a very famous sculptor, Eero started working at a very young age. 

Later on, after graduating from Yale, he started his long-road career by working on several remarkable projects such as the design of architectural icons like St Louis Gateway Arch in Missouri, CBS building in New York and the TWA flight center in John F. Kennedy international airport.

Yet, it wasn’t until he decided to follow the footsteps of his father by joining the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Michigan, that he was going to start crafting furniture innovations. Indeed, while studying in the Academy, he became friends with different mid-century modern designers and nowadays figures, including Harry Bertoia, the Eames couple, and Florence Knoll. 

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The road to a basket full of pillows

As you may know, Saarinen was the designer. But, he wasn’t the one who came up with the idea that made it happened. 

We’ll have to go back to the 1940s when Florence Knoll got into the manufacturer world of designer furniture by joining her husband’s famous company Knoll Studio.

Knoll, was a genius furniture designer, who’s objective was bringing high-quality pieces from Europe to America. Through her company, she helped unfold and popularize the design style that we all know as mid-century modern nowadays. Eero’s happened to be her teacher from the Crankbook Academy.

Later on, tired of regular lounge designs, Mrs. Knoll asked Eero to build a chair meant for resting:

“I told Eero I was sick and tired of the one-dimensional lounges…long and narrow…” she said, “I want one where I can sit in sideways or any other way I want to sit in it.”

The brief, was certainly a little unconventional for the time: “I want a chair that is like a basket full of pillows, something I can curl up in.”

Saarinen issued his current new challenge.

The Womb was born

Known for his futuristic style, one of the first decisions Eero made for this seat was that it shouldn’t have to rely on excessive padding to be comfy. Instead, he devised a curved inner frame that would mold to the contours of the human body, providing natural comfort.

Once he was proud of the prototype, Eero required to source materials for his new design. However, since those he’d chosen weren’t immediately on the market, it came out to be a troublesome task. 

Eventually, he half-tracked down a boat builder in New Jersey, who knew about working with fiberglass and persuaded him to help. 

Then, in 1948 the iconic comfortable seat was born. Originally named No. 70, it presently became referred to as the womb attributable to its snug, organic look.

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As Saarinen explained, he designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable since they left the womb.

The final design included a comfortable ottoman that followed the same fiberglass construction vision.

Future of mid-century modern furniture

Nowadays, Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll’s legacy lives among us through their furniture creations, reproduced into thousands of high-quality replicas. 

Eero’s other designing icons beside the Womb Chair & Ottoman, including the Tulip Dining Table, Tulip Dining Chair and the Executive Chair, are still as sought-after today as they were in the 1950s. Mid-century modern popularity exploded in the 1980s after people got into vintage design and the hype has increased with time. The future of this seat lives now in several lobbies, living rooms, offices, bedrooms, just like Eero saw it raised during its 1948 boom.

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After his death on September 1st of 1961, knock offs that ruled the market kept Eero’s memory through furniture replicas by respecting his design and materials, just like Manhattan Home Designs and other stores like Barcelona Designs do now. 

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