The design of Eero Saarinen's Executive Armchair (1957) began more than a decade earlier, when he and Charles Eames submitted several designs to the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition at the MoMA. The pair, who'd been friends and collaborators since meeting at Cranbrook Academy of Art, won first prize. These fluid, sculptural shapes influenced the future work of both men; for Saarinen, most notably in his Womb, Tulip and Executive chairs.
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The Executive was originally made of fiberglass but was later updated in polyurethane to take advantage of the technical advances in plastics. The feel of this classic seat, however, remains unchanged. The molded shell flexes slightly with the sitter and the contoured plywood seat supported by metal or wood legs. Unlike Saarinen's furniture, which was consistently sculptural in form, these fluid lines didn't appear in his architecture until the 1950s.
Presented are the standard fabric upholstery options. The chair can be upholstered in a wide variety of colors and fabrics, including KnollTextiles fabrics and a range of Spinneybeck® leathers. Please contact us for details.
Back shell is molded reinforced polyurethane with a contoured plywood seat form. GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Also available as a side chair or desk chair with 5-star swivel base.
Classic Bouclé: 57% nylon, 43% wool
Ultrasuede: 20% polyurethane binder, 33% polyester, 47% recycled ultra microfiber polyester
Volo Leather: A lightly corrected, aniline leather with a slightly raised grain texture. A special retannage enriches the leather and tightens the grain, giving Volo a level of quality superior to other corrected leathers.
Sabrina Leather: One of Knoll's most popular full grain leathers. Ideal for those seeking elegant, fine-grained leather for high-traffic use.
Measures: 26" W x 24.75" D x 31.5" H, 18" seat height
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Door Step Service - Outside Delivery
Doorstep Delivery, our standard delivery service, offers delivery of your order in its original packaging by one of our third party carriers at your door step. Please keep in mind if you live in an apartment and/or condominium complex this delivery option will only deliver your items as far as the front entrance of your building. Please plan accordingly. This service level does not include delivery inside your home, unpacking and/or assembly. If you require additional service with the delivery of your purchase we suggest choosing our White Glove Delivery Service option.
White Glove Service - Inside Delivery
White Glove Service is our premium delivery option and includes a scheduled appointment from one of our certified white glove delivery teams. The items from your order will be unpacked, assembled if necessary, put in place and all packing materials will be removed. Our White Glove Service teams are not bonded or insured for any wall mounting, structural modifications or electrical work.
Typical delivery time is 1-4 weeks from your scheduled delivery date confirmation.
Further details can be found on our Shipping and Delivery page.
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