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Saarinen Executive Armchair - Wood Legs

$599.00 - $759.00
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  • In the 1930s, Eero Saarinen created a range of organically-shaped plywood chairs. These went on to win the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. This work inspired Saarinen to design a chair that would provide exceptional comfort from its shell alone, and not just from the furnishing. His luxurious and sculptural Executive Side Chair and the matching Executive Armchair were the results. The design won the 1969 Museum of Modern Art Award and the West Germany Federal Award for Industrial Design.

    Material & Feature:
    • Seat: Molded fiberglass shell
    • High elasticity dacron-wrapped foam with genuine down feather layer
    • Premium Fabric, Classic Suede, Top Grain / Aniline Leather upholstery
    • Solid wood legs with Natural Ash, Walnut and Black Stain finish
    • All materials are Flame resistant & non-toxic (Baby Friendly)
    • Customization available - Request with Customer Service
    • Product fully assembled
    Dimensions:
    • Width: 26" x Depth: 24.75" x Height: 31.5"
    • Seat Width: 19.3" x Depth: 18.2" x Height: 19"
    • Armrest Height: 25.2"
    • Cushion Thickness: 3.5"
    • Product Weight: 26.5lbs

    * All measurements are approximations.
  • 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 Kresge Auditorium on MIT's campus express his groundbreaking brand of midcentury modernism.

    Born in Finland to famed architect Eliel Saarinen and textile designer Loja Saarinen, Eero immigrated with his family to the United States in 1923. Settling in Michigan, Eliel co-founded the Cranbrook Academy of Art and designed most of the buildings for the campus, now a National Historic Landmark, while the young Eero worked alongside his father as a student apprentice.

    In 1934, Saarinen graduated from the School of Architecture at Yale University. As his career flourished, he was criticized for changing his style depending on his client's needs and desires. The architect, however, saw his clients as"co-creators" and was dedicated to pushing the established boundaries of modernism, what he called the"measly ABC." Clients understood this creative potential. After his father's death in 1950, Saarinen became principal partner of Saarinen & Associates, and the business thrived" landing him on the cover of Time magazine in 1956. Poised at the center of America"s post-war expansion, Saarinen created a visual vocabulary for both corporate and college campuses, including headquarters for John Deere, IBM and CBS, and buildings for Vassar College, MIT and his alma mater, Yale.

    Saarinen's illustrious career was cut short with his untimely death in 1961, at age 51, while having surgery for a brain tumor. (Coincidentally, his wife Aline would die from the same affliction, a decade later.) His partners at Saarinen & Associates, Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, completed his 10 remaining projects. In 2002, Roche donated Saarinen's papers and drawings to the Yale University Library, which created a renewed interest in Saarinen's life and work, including the establishment of Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, an exhibition and archival project dedicated to preserving the midcentury master's legacy.

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  • In the 1930s, Eero Saarinen created a range of organically-shaped plywood chairs. These went on to win the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. This work inspired Saarinen to design a chair that would provide exceptional comfort from its shell alone, and not just from the furnishing. His luxurious and sculptural Executive Side Chair and the matching Executive Armchair were the results. The design won the 1969 Museum of Modern Art Award and the West Germany Federal Award for Industrial Design.

    Material & Feature:
    • Seat: Molded fiberglass shell
    • High elasticity dacron-wrapped foam with genuine down feather layer
    • Premium Fabric, Classic Suede, Top Grain / Aniline Leather upholstery
    • Solid wood legs with Natural Ash, Walnut and Black Stain finish
    • All materials are Flame resistant & non-toxic (Baby Friendly)
    • Customization available - Request with Customer Service
    • Product fully assembled
    Dimensions:
    • Width: 26" x Depth: 24.75" x Height: 31.5"
    • Seat Width: 19.3" x Depth: 18.2" x Height: 19"
    • Armrest Height: 25.2"
    • Cushion Thickness: 3.5"
    • Product Weight: 26.5lbs

    * All measurements are approximations.
  • 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 Kresge Auditorium on MIT's campus express his groundbreaking brand of midcentury modernism.

    Born in Finland to famed architect Eliel Saarinen and textile designer Loja Saarinen, Eero immigrated with his family to the United States in 1923. Settling in Michigan, Eliel co-founded the Cranbrook Academy of Art and designed most of the buildings for the campus, now a National Historic Landmark, while the young Eero worked alongside his father as a student apprentice.

    In 1934, Saarinen graduated from the School of Architecture at Yale University. As his career flourished, he was criticized for changing his style depending on his client's needs and desires. The architect, however, saw his clients as"co-creators" and was dedicated to pushing the established boundaries of modernism, what he called the"measly ABC." Clients understood this creative potential. After his father's death in 1950, Saarinen became principal partner of Saarinen & Associates, and the business thrived" landing him on the cover of Time magazine in 1956. Poised at the center of America"s post-war expansion, Saarinen created a visual vocabulary for both corporate and college campuses, including headquarters for John Deere, IBM and CBS, and buildings for Vassar College, MIT and his alma mater, Yale.

    Saarinen's illustrious career was cut short with his untimely death in 1961, at age 51, while having surgery for a brain tumor. (Coincidentally, his wife Aline would die from the same affliction, a decade later.) His partners at Saarinen & Associates, Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, completed his 10 remaining projects. In 2002, Roche donated Saarinen's papers and drawings to the Yale University Library, which created a renewed interest in Saarinen's life and work, including the establishment of Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, an exhibition and archival project dedicated to preserving the midcentury master's legacy.

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  • 5
    Title of review Jonathan

    Posted by Jonathan on 2021 Sep 4th

    As appears in photographs. Purchased in blue for use as a home library desk chair. Previous reviews have mentioned uneven legs and irregular stitching; this was not an issue with the chair we received, which was well finished. A handsome piece at a good price.

  • 5
    Title of review Yi-Chen

    Posted by Yi-Chen on 2021 Sep 4th

    I picked green and I did worry about if the color is too dark. Fortunately it not only isn't too dark but also fairly bright. I bought two and they matched my work space so well! Love it!!

  • 5
    Title of review Elisabete

    Posted by Elisabete on 2021 Sep 4th

    This chair is very cute and super comfy I bough it for my office and it feels wonderful for my back.

  • 5
    Title of review Elena

    Posted by Elena on 2021 Sep 4th

    These are excellent chairs, they are exactly what I needed and had hoped would get. I wanted comfortable and minimalist for a cozy sitting area and these worked great. There was a bit of a glitch with the shipping but these are worth the wait.

  • 5
    Title of review Emily

    Posted by Emily on 2021 Sep 4th

    Perfect for our desk! Wanted something with arms but nothing too big. Comfortable and cute! Love it!

  • 5
    Title of review Tari

    Posted by Tari on 2021 Sep 4th

    Sturdy, cute and comfy!

  • 4
    Title of review Bonnie

    Posted by Bonnie on 2021 Sep 4th

    My dinner family and dinner guests are really comfortable in these chairs. One chair maintains a wonky feeling but not too bad. Love the retro color. A larger bottom may not fit with ease in these chairs so keep an alternative handy.

  • 5
    Title of review Casey

    Posted by Casey on 2021 Sep 4th

    So comfortable, arrived super quickly looks fantastic.

  • 5
    Title of review Kate

    Posted by Kate on 2021 Sep 4th

    This chair is super comfortable, really cute and is perfect if you want to add a bit of color to a space without it being overwhelming. I also love the mid-century modern look of it that can work in any type of space.

  • 5
    Title of review Jennifer

    Posted by Jennifer on 2021 Sep 4th

    Love it! Perfect for the look we were going for. Is holding up well, and assembly was a breeze. Quick shipping.

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