New from Vitra: Limited and Numbered Edition – Organic Chair Sheepskin
For this year’s holiday season, we have developed a special edition of the Organic Chair created by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen in 1940 – fully upholstered in sheepskin for an even softer and more comfortable finish. Limited in quantity, each Organic Chair Sheepskin will come with a numbered label.
The cover of this special edition is made from sustainably sourced Australian sheepskin, which is especially suited for furniture upholstery and known for its softness and warmth. The natural crimp, the individual structure of the wool and the genuine color ensure that every Organic Chair Sheepskin is unique.
A Key Piece of Mid-Century Modern Design
The seminal impact of the Organic Chair on American design during the era of mid-century modernism is often underestimated today. Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen 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 in 1940. With its sculptural shapes and the absence of suitable manufacturing techniques, the design was ahead of the times. Vitra Magazine invites you to rediscover the early masterpiece from this fascinating period.
Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen
Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen first met in the late 1930s at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy, where they quickly began to collaborate on experiments. Together they developed the first designs for furniture made from molded plywood, resulting in the now classic Organic Chair from 1940. Over the following years, the two men remained friends but went their separate ways on a professional level. Eames would continue to work on molded plywood furniture, while Saarinen concentrated more intently on his career as an architect.