Organic Chair, 1940
by Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen
For the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition held by the Museum of Modern Art, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen created an entire series of versions of the Organic Chair, each intended for a different sitting position. The designs were ahead of their time, but never went into production owing to a lack of technology. Not until after 1950 was it possible to produce (and sell) larger numbers of organically molded seat shells, such as the Eames’ famous Plastic Armchair or Saarinen’s Tulip Chair. While the Organic Chair is a comfortable small reading armchair, the Organic Highback has a higher backrest and neck support. In addition, the armrests and seat area are broader and longer. Vitra Design Museum Collection.
Eero Saarinen together with Charles Eames developed the first designs for furniture made from moulded plywood. In 1940, they submitted the Organic Chair as a joint entry to the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Laminated seat shell, polyurethane foam upholstery, black beech legs.