"Grasshopper" Chair

Designed by Eero Saarinen, American (born Finland), 1910 - 1961. Made from 1948-65 by Knoll, Inc., New York, established 1938.

Designed 1946

Laminated birch, fabric upholstery

34 x 29 x 33 inches (86.4 x 73.7 x 83.8 cm) Seat (height): 16 inches (40.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Collab Gallery, Perelman Building, first floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton Weiss, 1984

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The "Grasshopper" chair was the first chair designed by Saarinen for Knoll. Its one-piece arm and leg were made from bentwood-wood that is steamed or boiled and then bent into shape rather than being cut. This design is more closely related to the pre-war works of European artists like Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer than to those of Saarinen's American contemporaries.

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