Womb chair

designed 1948; made about 1967
Designed by Eero Saarinen (American (born in Finland), 1910–1961), Manufactured by Knoll International (American, founded in 1938)

Object Place: East Greenville, Pennsylvania


Overall: 229.1 x 258.1 x 219.5 cm (90 3/16 x 101 5/8 x 86 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chrome-plated metal, original wool upholstery

On View

The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)


Americas, Contemporary Art


Seating and beds


Unidentified collector, Brookline, MA who owned it for 20+ years; 1992, purchased from Brookline collector by Normand Mainville, owner of Machine Age, Boston, for his private use; 2008, purchased from Mainville for the MFA (Accession date: March 28, 2008).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. James G. Hinkle, Jr. and Mr. Roy Hammer


All images courtesy of Knoll, Inc.