The Revival of the Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen
The Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen was out of production for a while, but never “out of style” as its manufacturer says. The always modern settee was re-introduced in production and into Knoll’s 2016 furniture collection.
While the Womb chair continues to be even today the most iconic and recognized representations of mid-century organic modernism, the double seat also has a special place of its own in furniture history manuals. Saarinen developed his fit-for-two Womb Settee in 1948 for his first big architectural commission, the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.
This double seat owes its popularity to the simple, wide structure with concave armrests and movable cushions that enable you to lounge, sit upright or lay in any position you desire.
The double-wide design is the perfect modern refuge for the living room, bedroom or office. Seat shell is foam-covered molded fiberglass and upholstered in a wide range of fabrics and leather, including KnollTextiles fabrics and a range of Spinneybeck leathers. . The separate seat & back cushions are constructed of polyester fiber with a foam core. The base of the Womb Settee is manufactured from steel rod with polished chrome or black paint.
The Womb Settee is designed to facilitate a relaxed sitting posture, providing comfort and a sense of security. Saarinen created a shell shape that allowed for multiple, relaxed sitting positions, and meant that curled up comfort could be achieved without tons of cushioning.
At around $6,300 the Womb loveseat is not exactly an affordable piece, but if you want to own a piece of history and you are ready to wait 8-10 weeks for your item to be delivered, then its worth every penny.
Founded in 1938 by Hans and Florence Knoll, today Knoll is recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve, and endure. A furniture manufacturer that continues to remain true to the Bauhaus design philosophy it was founded on, that modern furniture should complement architectural space, not compete with it.