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Executive was originally made of fiberglass but was later updated in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Originally made of fiberglass, it’s now molded from more eco-friendly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.
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 >