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Eero Saarinen Limited Edition ‘Conference’ Armchairs of UNESCO Paris

Sale price$1,850.00

Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, limited edition ‘Conference’ armchairs, velvet, coated metal, France, Paris, designed in 1957

This set of armchairs was commissioned by the UNESCO Headquarters located in Paris. This iconic building was completed on 3 November 1958 by a team of three leading architects of that time: Bernard Zehrfuss, Marcel Breuer, and Pier Luigi Nervi. The Advisory Committee of Architects chaired by Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, to name a few, were involved in the development of the architectural process. This set of chairs were part of the auditorium. This model features a sled base based on a trapezoidal shape, and, therefore, differs from his well-known ‘Conference’ chair introduced in 1946. The back has an open structure and runs smoothly into the armrests, creating nice comfort for the arms. The seat is reupholstered in Adamo & Eva "Ostrica" by Dedar, featuring a velvet texture in the color off-white. A mere 800 units of this particular model were manufactured exclusively for the project, specifically to furnish the main conference room and select work areas within the building. This quantity is significantly smaller when compared to the aforementioned iconic Conference chair, which is still in production, resulting in a much larger quantity of chairs being produced. Underneath each armchair, a small label with an UNESCO serial number is attached.

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.

Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was a Finnish-American architect who helped to shape the American postwar architecture of progression and optimism. Saarinen designed several airports and worked for large corporate clients such as IBM and General Motors. This meant that the identity of Saarinen's architecture went hand in hand with the identity of these companies. His design was also used in many companies and homes and thus helped to shape the aesthetic landscape of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

Please note that the depicted photographs show an example of the way this item can be tailored to specific wishes of our clients. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts to discuss your wishes regarding upholstery and finishing. Your special requests can be realized by the experienced craftsmen and -women in our own in-house restoration and upholstery atelier. With high attention to the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. Please note that a custom-made reupholstered chair has a lead-time of twelve to fourteen weeks. All to meet our high-quality and standards.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Eero Saarinen (Designer) Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture circa 1957
  • dimensions Height 32.68 in. Width 25.6 in. Depth 24.41 in. Seat Height 17.72 in.
  • dimensions Height 83 cm Width 65 cm Depth 62 cm Seat Height 45 cm
  • material Metal Velvet
  • origin France
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50112494