Comparison Guide: Saarinen Arm Chair (Model 71 Executive Arm Chair Reproduction)

Stainless Steel Legs Wood Legs Swivel Base
$ 950 $ 1,050 $ 1,040
Comparison Feature: "Signature" Brand Modern Classics Brand Most Others
Offered in a wide variety of leather colors Yes YES- 17 Leather colors, all top-grain imported Italian leather No, use inexpensive leather from not grade A tanneries
Offered in a wide variety of fabric colors Yes YES- 20 fabric colors 100% polyester (250k double rubs), or choose your own (for an extra charge). No, use inexpensive cashmere/wool blend that quickly pills and just doesn't last
Solid stainless steel legs NO, mild steel tubular with only flash chrome plating YES, solid stainless steel bar stock for rigidity and polished to high luster No, Mild steel with Chrome plating
Solid Bent Wood legs Yes YES, solid North American Oak steam bent and finished Not offered, or are prone to breakage
Offered in a Swivel Base No YES, offering a stainless steel 4 legged base turning 360 degrees (no tilt though) Not offered
Dimensions of the chair closely match the "signature" Brand Yes YES, dimensions match, down to each distinctive curve, piping, etc No, generally smaller or just plain wrong
Internal shell made of molded polymer for strength and flexibility No, use HPPE plastic YES, molded polymer No, thin plastic shell

The Saarinen Arm Chair (Model 71 Armchair Reproduction) was designed and introduced in 1950 by Saarinen as the third chair of his iconic Model 70 Series of chairs. (The other two chairs of this series are the Model 70 Womb Chair and the Model 72 Side Chair.) The Model 71 Armchair was created specifically for executive offices of the General Motors Technical School that Saarinen was also designing as lead architect.

The Model 71 armchair was adapted from an armchair designed in 1945 by Florence Knoll for the Rockefeller Center in New York. While the Knoll Chair used an internal wood frame, Saarinen wanted more freedom to shape of the chair and so he created and used a fiber reinforced plastic shell to make the back and arms in one continuous upholstered curve. The search to find the best curves for the armchair took an extensive amount of trial and error. To help with this process, Saarinen hired his first design assistant exclusively dedicated to furniture, Neils Difffrient, who made multiple scale and full size models of wire and clay. Once Saarinen approved the final chair design, plaster molds were made so that it could be taken to the plastic resin manufacturing company.

Our Saarinen Arm Chair is a high quality reproduction of this Saarinen Model 71 Executive Arm Chair. Our internal shell is made of a molded polymer fiberglass. Next a molded foam is placed over the shell, then upholstered and the legs are attached. Upholstery options include both our classic Italian leathers and our exclusive 100% polyester boucle fabric with stain guard. The Leg options we offer are: solid stainless steel, a swivel base or wood.  The stainless steel legs are solid stainless steel bar stock with adjustable foot glides. The swivel base model is made of stainless steel with rubber feet.  Our wood legs are made of North American Red Oak, steam bent into shape and then finished in one of four colors, suitable for both commercial and residential applications.

Features:

  • Molded polymer internal shell
  • Choice of leg styles: stainless steel, swivel base or solid oak
  • High Resilient Multi-Density Foam
  • Choice of leather or fabric upholstery
Dimensions:
Overall: 26w x 24d x 32.5h
Seat Interior: 18w x 20d
Seat Height: 18.5h
Arm Height: 25.5h
Weight: 24lbs

Modern Classics Furniture offers two levels of Leather for the Saarinen Arm Chair series: "Standard" and "Premium". Each of the these groupings feature:

  • Top-grain leather from Grade A hides
  • Semi aniline-dyed (standard) and 100% aniline-dyed (premium)
  • Made in Italy and imported to our factory
  • No split hides

We are happy to mail you a physical piece of leather so you can hold it in your hands. Just go you our material sample request form page.

Below are the swatches of the leather colors we offer for the Saarinen Arm Chair . Our standard leathers (denoted with the prefix L1) are top-grain, semi-aniline-dyed, corrected with a slight embossing. Our Premium leathers (denoted with the prefix L2) are top-grain, 100% aniline-dyed and have a soft feel to them and much of the hides natural grain patterns are retained. They are also a little shinier than the Standard Leather. We do not use split hides leather. Leather thickness is generally 1.0 - 1.2 mm depending on application of seating component for stretching and tailoring the upholstery design and condition. Both the Standard and Premium Leathers are considered equally durable and are ideal for home or commercial use.

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L103- Polar White Leather L107- Snow White: Leather L211- Premium - Beige White Leather L115- Café Au Lait Leather L119- Neutral Tan Leather L123- Autumn Tan Leather
L103
Polar White
L107
Snow White
L211
Beige White
L115
Cafe au Lait
L119
Neutral Tan
L123
Autumn Tan
L227- Premium - Golden Tan Leather L228- Premium - Honey Tan Leather L131- Cocoa Brown Leather L235- Premium - Espresso Leather L135- Java Brown Leather
L227
Golden Tan
L228
HoneyTan
L131
Cocoa Brown
L235
Espresso Brn
L135
Java Brown
L139- Charcoal Gray Leather L143- Standard Black Leather L243- Premium - Shiny Black Leather L244- Premium - Matte Black Leather L147-Standard Red Leather L247- Premium - Red Leather
L139
Charcoal
L143
Std. Black
L243
Shiny Black
L244
Matte Black
L147
Std. Red
L247
Red

We now offer our own exclusive collection "boucle" textured fabric in an extensive collection of colors that are particularly suited for the mid-century modern furniture we make. This fabric and colors were custom made just for us, at a well known North America mill. Made of 100% polyester, our boucles are soft, durable (250K double rubs), stain and UV resistant. We have arranged these swatches in color groups below. We are happy to mail you a physical piece of fabric so you can hold it in your hands, just complete this material sample request form. If you have a specific fabric in mind, we can either order it or we can use your supplied fabric. In either case, we need to approve the fabric to ensure it can be applied to the specific piece of furniture and we will need to provide a price quote.

Name Modern Boucle Fabric
Content 100% Post-Consumer recycled Polyester
Weight 22 oz/linear yard
Finish Greenshield™ (High Performance, eco-friendly stain guard that beads liquids and easy to clean)
Abrasion Resistance 250,000 Double Rubs
(ASTM D4157-13)

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F214-Pearl White <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F215-Buff Yellow <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F216-Citrus Yellow <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F234-Melon Orange <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F235-Tangerine Orange <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F236-Poppy Orange <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F223-Cayenne Red <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester
F214
Pearl White
F215
Buff Yellow
F216
Citrus Yellow
F234
Melon Orange
F235
Tangerine
Orange
F236
Poppy Orange
F223
Cayenne Red
F245-Chartreuse Green <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F246-Lime Green <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F253-Powder Blue <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F254-Aegean Blue <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F255-Royal Blue <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F257-Plum Purple <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F262-Silver Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester
F245
Chartreuse
Green
F246
Lime Green
F253
Powder Blue
F254
Aegean Blue
F255
Royal Blue
F257
Plum Purple
F262
Silver Gray
F263-Smoke Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F264-Winter Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F266-Midnight Black <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F273-Putty Tan <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F274-Chestnut Brown <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester
F263
Smoke Gray
F264
Winter Gray
F266
Midnight Black
F273
Putty Tan
F274
Chestnut Brown
Wood Choices

We currently offer 4 standard finishes choices for the legs on our Saarinen Dining Chairs and Arm Chair. Because we do our own finishing, we can usually custom make an item in a finish not shown, for an extra charge and a 25 piece minimum. Another advantage of in-house finishing is the same stain can be used across our entire product line, no matter who the designer. Something that DWR can't even do at three times the cost!

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Medium Walnut (Walnut With Medium Stain) Ebonized Black (Beech With Solid Black Finish) Natural Oak (White Oak With Clear Lacquer) Walnut Dark (Walnut With Dark Stainr)
W01
Walnut Medium
W05
Ebonized Black
W06
Oak Natural
W13
Walnut Dark

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