Eero Saarinen Executive Desk Chair in Original Cognac Leather
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Eero Saarinen, desk chair, steel and leather, United States, 1950s.
This iconic model is designed by Saarinen and is in original upholstery: in a cognac leather. This chair belongs to the 70-series, more specifically chair 72 US. In this series, the cone shaped solution to comfortable sitting is used at its simplest. This innovation was developed by Saarinen for the 70 Womb Chair. Niels Diffrient worked with Saarinen on the shape of the back, resolving a simple form that would provide proper back support while allowing the individual to sit fully back in the chair. These chairs are fluid and have sculptural form and are featured in many Florence Knoll interiors. This Saarinen executive desk chair remains one of the most popular Knoll designs. This timeless and versatile design continues to fit seamlessly into work, conference, lounge and dining applications of any decor.
Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia.
The Finnish-American Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was trained as an architect. His work is progressive and ambitious. He was invested in the new technologies of the twentieth century and designed furniture that are known for their futuristic style. Saarinen despised the 'common living space' with their clutter and chaos. Saarinen came to the conclusion to design furniture with one leg only, to create more space and less object. He is most well-known for his collaboration with Florence Knoll for Knoll International.
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