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Originally made of fiberglass, it’s now molded from more eco-friendly polyurethane.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.
Although Eero Saarinen made his reputation in the United States following World War II, he had his roots in Europe. Until 1923, he lived in Finland with his mother, textile artist Loja Saarinen, and his father, the renowned architect and town planner, Eliel Saarinen. For Eero, architecture was a discipline like the fine arts, and in particular, sculpture. He called himself a "form giver" and everything he designed had a strong sculptural quality.
Saarinen began his career as a student at Yale University and after travels and studies in Europe returned to the U.S. and taught for a brief period at Cranbrook Academy. Cranbrook had been founded in 1927 by publisher George C. Booth and Eliel Saarinen, the latter of whom became Director in 1932. Two of its graduates were Charles Eames and Florence Knoll Bassett (then Schust). Read more >