The expressive sculptural forms of Eero Saarinens furniture can still be found to this very day in his architecture, from the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to Dulles International Airport. In 1940, the Finnish American and his friend Charles Eames took first prize at the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition at MoMA. Later that decade, Saarinen developed his fit-for-two Womb Settee (1948) for his first big architectural commission, the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan a massive 25-building complex that required furnishings for over 5,000 people. By applying foam molded over a fiberglass shell, Saarinen created a single-piece form that perfectly facilitates a relaxed sitting posture. Of the clumsy oversized models seen elsewhere that Settee was designed to replace, Saarinen said, These dreadnoughts disappeared from modern interiors partly because they were designed for an era that tried to impress by sheer mass, but he saw the robust forms as timeless. The need for such chairs has not passed. Today, more than ever, we need to relax. This is the authentic Womb Settee by Knoll. Made in U.S.A.
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