Eero Saarinen’s Two-Seater: the Womb Settee

Knoll overcomes structural issues to bring the 1940s design back into production

The story behind Eero Saarinen’s classic 1948 Model 70 Womb design is simple: Florence Knoll wanted a chair that felt like “basket full of pillows.” While most might immediately think of fluffiness and volume, the Finnish-American furniture designer (and architect behind the architectural marvel that is the TWA Flight Terminal at JFK Airport) had a sleek and suggestive style. Saarinen created a shell shape that …

Milan Design Week 2014: Six Colorful Sofas

Vibrantly hued settees poking out from the mass of furniture found at this year's fair

Delicate, subtly hued earth tones pervaded seemingly every facet of design in almost every pocket of Milan last week. But the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and its numerous offshoots weren’t wholly packed with rich pastels and copper-congruent colors; like Americans’ favorite (and impossible to find in Italy) gelato topping, bright bits of color were sprinkled around, most noticeably in the sofa sector. Here are six …

Seating at Maison et Objet 2013

Plush, rump-ready seating options seen at Maison et Objet

A perennial delight, Maison et Objet can also be an exhausting experience. Miles and miles of high design leave you craving nothing more than a frumpy pillow bed to slump down on. As part of our coverage from Maison et Objet 2013, here are a few highlights that show off the softer side of the Parisian design fair. CO9 Lounge Rabbit Back in 1998, irreverent …