The design of Eero Saarinen's Executive Side Chair with Casters (1957) began
more than a decade earlier, when he and Charles Eames submitted several
designs to the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition at the MoMA. These fluid, sculptural shapes influenced the future work of both men; for
Saarinen, most notably in his Womb™, Tulip™ and Executive chairs. The
Executive was originally made of fiberglass but was later updated in
polyurethane. The feel of this classic seat, however, remains unchanged. The
molded shell flexes slightly with the sitter and the contoured plywood seat
supported by metal or wood legs. When looking at the dome-shaped glass wall
of the Kresge Auditorium at MIT, it's not a big leap to see the same shape
in the back of his Executive Chair. This chair is Greenguard Indoor Air
Quality Certified; for its use of low-emitting products. 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Originally made of fiberglass, it’s now molded from more eco-friendly
Chair is supported by a five-point, pneumatic height-adjustable swiveling
base with twin-wheel casters for use on carpet.
This chair is Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified® for its use of
Molded reinforced polyurethane shell; contoured plywood seat; steel legbase; seamless tubular steel legs with polished chrome finish; plasticcasters.
“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 >