The design of Eero Saarinen’s Executive Armchair (1950) began more than a decade earlier, when he and Charles Eames submitted several designs to the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition at MoMA. These fluid, sculptural shapes influenced the future work of both men; for Saarinen, most notably in his Womb, Tulip and Executive chairs. When looking at the dome-shaped glass wall of the Kresge Auditorium (designed by Saarinen) at MIT, it’s not a big leap to see the same shape in the back of his Executive Chair. Manufactured by Knoll® according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A.
Originally made of fiberglass, it’s now molded from more eco-friendly polyurethane.
Chair is supported by a five-point, height-adjustable swiveling base with twin-wheel casters for use on carpet.
This chair is Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified® for its use of low-emitting products.
“The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man’s life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence,” said Eero Saarinen in 1959. Saarinen’s architectural legacy communicates this sentiment of giddy potential and unfettered optimism in post-war America. Iconic projects like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport Terminal and the Kresge Auditorium on MIT’s campus express his groundbreaking brand of mid-century modernism.
Born in Finland to famed architect Eliel Saarinen and textile designer Loja Saarinen, Eero immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1923. Settling in Michigan, Eliel co-founded the Cranbrook Academy of Art and designed most of the buildings for the campus – now a National Historic Landmark – and the young Eero worked alongside his father as a student apprentice. It was at Cranbrook that Eero met Charles Eames, beginning their lifelong collaboration. Read more >