Rare 1st Generation Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Associates, Circa 1948Automaton Vintage Furnishings
This rare first generation Model 70 Chair, more commonly known as the Womb Chair, by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Associates is signed by the affixed label with the early 36-30 Steinway St Long Island City 1, N.Y. address (see pics) which predates the use of zip codes. The frame and feet match Knoll's example for the 1948 first year productions for the iconic Womb Chair, and the matched label further supports this.
This lounge chair is being offered as either a collector's museum piece to keep and hold as-is with its current original nubby textile or alternatively this could be a designer's reupholstery project for the client who wishes to have the best of the best.
The fabric shows signs of use and wear and the foam has some hardness. If regular use is intended, reupholstery with new foam and fabric (or leather) is advised. We can assist you in selecting a fabric, such as a sumptuous mohair, velvet or leather and facilitate reupholstery on your behalf, contact us for more details. If you decide to reupholster on your own or with a local upholsterer of your choosing, we highly advise you to take photographs while exchanging the label from the old fabric to the new one so that you can preserve the provenance of this example.
Florence Knoll requested that Eero Saarinen design a chair like a basket full of pillows, the result was the groundbreaking Womb armchair. This iconic piece would be a great addition as part of a classic or contemporary living room, den, man (or woman!) cave, family room, office or bedroom. It would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium.
Measurements: 35.5" H x 40" W x 34" D
Seat height 16"
Good original condition. Chair is structurally sound. Fabric can benefit from reupholstery. Original tag affixed underneath.