April 9, 2010

Grasshopper!

We are very fortunate to have just acquired this original Saarinen Grasshopper chair from Mike's super-stylish grandmother (thank you thank you thank you!).  This chair has a lot of sentimental value and it's really comfortable... plus it just looks HOT.  I love it!


The upholstery is the original fabric, but needs to be redone. We're not sure what color the new uphosltery will be, but the current orange / green / yellow color scheme we suddenly have in our Living Room just can't last. And if any of you are wondering, this is not a project for my upholstery class... we're bringing in the experts for this one!

A little history for any other chair geeks out there... The grasshopper chair was designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. It was Saarinen's first chair designed for Knoll, and produced from 1946 - 1965. Modernica is now making the chairs according to Saarinen's original specifications, though in hundreds of color and finish combinations.

Other more well-known Saarinen designs:

Tulip Table and Chairs
image via Mason, Inc.

Womb Chair