The Womb Chair & Ottoman designed by Finnish designer Eero Saarinen(1948) continues to be one of the most recognized representations of mid-century modernism. Additionally, the Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman provides unmatched comfort with molded foam over a fiberglass shell. The designer was able to create a piece that provides a relaxed sitting posture whether lounging, slouching, or sitting with a leg thrown over the armrest.
Danish Designer Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg Cahir (1958) for the lobby and reception areas in the Royal Hotel, in Copenhagen. The commission to design every element of the hotel building as well as the furniture was Jacobsen’s grand opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practice. The Egg is one of the triumphs of Jacobsen’s total design.
Acclaimed Finnish designer Eero Aarnio changed the face of industrial design through his groundbreaking use of plastic. An expansion upon the Ball Chair, the Bubble Chair is one of Aarnio’s most well-known designs and is a triumph of minimalism. However, it’s simple, uncluttered aesthetic belies the painstaking planning and design process that Aarnio used to bring it into being. At once nostalgic and futuristic, the Bubble Chair is a landmark design achievement that instantly becomes the lynchpin of any environment it occupies.
With this amazing chair, Bertoia created an icon of modern design and introduced a new material, industrial wire mesh to the world of furniture design.
The perfect balance—literally—between art and furniture. Sculptor Isamu Noguchi created his distinctive table by joining a curved, wood base with a freeform glass top. The ethereal result does not diminish the practical design—a sturdy and durable table. This marriage of sculptural form and everyday function has made the Noguchi table an understated and beautiful element in homes and offices since its introduction in 1948.
The B.K.F. Chair—also known as the Hardoy Chair, Butterfly Chair, Safari Chair, Sling Chair, or Wing Chair—was designed in Buenos Aires by Antonio Bonet , Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy. The chair received two design prizes at its introduction. In 1941 the chair was awarded the Acquisition Prize by the Museum of Modern Art, after Edgar Kaufmann Jr. bought the chair to MoMA’s attention.
Arco, designed by Italian industrial designer Achille Castiglioni in 1962, is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. A heavy Carrara marble base supports the dramatically arcing stainless steel stem and aluminum shade. Functional elegance superbly executed work of art which duals as a stylish modern floor lamp.