womb chair and ottoman

Forever Chairs

Three classic comforts designed for the ages, one a vintage original 
and two fully licensed reissues.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design, Real Estate

womb chair and ottoman

Eero Saarinen, Womb Chair and Ottoman by Knoll, 1948. Modern Hacienda, Palm Desert.

As Knoll tells the story, when Florence Knoll asked Eero Saarinen for “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows,” the Finnish-born architect and designer chose a counter-intuitive approach. The Womb Chair offers comfort through the shape of its foam-covered molded fiberglass shell rather than the depth of its cushioning. “It’s the perfect chair to curl up in to read a book,” says Lawrence Lazzaro, co-owner of Palm Desert furniture store Modern Hacienda. “And as a sculptural piece, it brings energy and life to a room.” The set is shown with the recently released 18K gold-plated tubular steel base (also available in polished chrome and black).

A few words on opting for the authentic, licensed chair …
“We buy iconic pieces because we love design and we understand that there is so much more to good design than just ‘the look.’ We understand what it takes for a designer and the company they have partnered with to create and manufacture a design like the Eero Saarinen Womb Chair. It takes a huge investment of time and money to create the prototypes and generate the exacting manufacturing standards and bring it to market. They bring a great deal of passion and creativity to their work and that too has value. The passion and pride carries to the factory floor; Knoll has four manufacturing facilities in the United States. We understand that those who make and sell knockoffs are breaking the law and showing a lack of respect for the design industry and American manufacturing. To support these ideas, we are members of Be Original, an organization committed to informing, educating, and influencing manufacturers, design professionals, and consumers about the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design.”

Nicholas Hertneck and Lawrence Lazzaro, Nicholas Lawrence Design and Modern Hacienda


Milo Baughman, Vintage Original Scoop Lounge Chairs, 1970s. Flow Modern, Palm Springs.

In preparation for their next 50 years, this pair of original Milo Baughman scoop lounge chairs has been completely redone. The solid oak frames have been ebonized black and the upholstery has been covered in a subtly pebbled gray leather. “We think these chairs are wonderful examples of form and function,” says Brigitte Lehnert, co-owner of gallery Flow Modern. “They are very comfortable and have clean, modern lines that are timeless and work well in multiple types of interiors.”

Hans J. Wegner,  CH78 “Mama Bear” Chair from 
Carl Hansen & Son, 1954.
Modern Hacienda, Palm Desert.

The CH78 lounge chair was first displayed in 1954, but in limited production. It relaunched in the United States in October. Organic curves, protective height, and a warm embrace earned the chair its nickname, Mama Bear. “For designers and homeowners looking for the quintessential modern wing chair, this is it!” Lazzaro exclaims.


Its distinctive visual identity — with open arms and a gentle arc of stitching on the backrest — draws one near for a closer look. During his career, Hans J. Wegner created some 500 chairs. “He was an uncompromising furniture designer and craftsman with a rare attention to minuscule details,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. “CH78 is the embodiment of comfort in a limited space.”

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