Saarinen Executive Side Chair with Casters

Designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll®


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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 The Executive was originally made of fiberglass but was later updated in polyurethane.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. Backed by a five year manufacturer’s warranty. 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  • Originally made of fiberglass, it’s now molded from more eco-friendly polyurethane.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, 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 low-emitting products.


Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen

FINLAND (1910–1961)

“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 ...

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H 31"-36.25 W 22.5" D 24" Seat H 14.5"-19.75"


Molded reinforced polyurethane shell; contoured plywood seat; steel legbase; seamless tubular steel legs with polished chrome finish; plasticcasters. Bouclé: Knoll Classic Bouclé upholstery, 52% wool, 48% nylon. Leather: Spinneybeck® Volo full-grain, semi-aniline-dyed leather or Spinneybeck Espana, full-grain, semi-aniline leather.

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