Saarinen Womb Chair

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Fig. 1. Womb chair and ottoman designed by Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) and first manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York, 1946, 1948. Tubular steel, fiberglass, with wool upholstery and foam cushion; height (of chair) 35 ½, width 40, depth 34 inches. Photograph by courtesy of Knoll. Fig. 2. Sunday Morning by Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) as the cover of the Saturday Evening …

Richard Schultz’s iconic outdoor furniture

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There are few features more representative of mid-century modern architecture than the patio. Indoor/outdoor living was promoted in nearly every domestic architectural plan of the era, from Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs to Philip Johnson’s Rockefeller Guest House in New York City. Even so, very few designers devoted their attention to modern outdoor seating. Richard Schultz is …

Celebrating the Straight Chair: A conversation with Mira Nakashima

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An exhibition on view through June 6, George Nakashima and Knoll: The Making of an Object, at the Design Center at Philadelphia University explores the history of a single chair designed by George Nakashima. Named the Straight-Back Chair or simply the Straight Chair, it was among the few designs that Nakashima, known for his handcrafted studio furniture, allowed to be …

The New Americana

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  Now in its eighth year, the American Antiques Show, a major fundraiser for the American Folk Art Museum, remains a highlight of Americana Week in New York. The forty-seven dealers who set up in the Metropolitan Pavilion January 22-25 exhibited some of the finest examples of American folk and outsider art from the 17th to the 20th centuries.   …