Our Item No: MC-1350

Chair Only Price: $ 1,625

Chair + Ottoman Price: $ 2,345

Key Features:
  • Made with High Performance Polyester Boucle Fabrics
  • 20 Vibrant Colors
  • Stainless Steel legs with adjustable foot glides
  • Dimensions closely match Signature model
  • Specify your own Fabrics
Overall Dimensions: 38"w x 39"d x 35"h
Seat Height: 19"
Seat Dimensions: 22"w x 20"d
Weight: 65 pounds

Comparison Chart: Modern Classics vs. the Competition

Base Price for Set(with Shipping)

  • Modern Classics: $2,345
  • Signature Brand: $5,150
  • Rove Concepts: $ 1,965
  • Kardiel: $ 799

Upholstery Material

  • We offer 20 colors of textured boucle 100% polyester fabric made in USA, with the option of providing your own fabric for a minor surcharge. Our fabric is considered high performance with 250k double-rubs, highly resistant to piling or fading. Plus, it has a stainguard on it.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Offered in a wide range of colors and fabric grades, however, their signature Classic Boucle is a low performance wool/nylon blend not known for its long life.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Offered in the worst possible fabric available, a very cheap wool cashmere blend that will look awful in a very short amount of time.
    1.00 out of 5
  • Also offered in a very cheap fabric, a linen cotton blend, that has no life span.
    1.00 out of 5

Frame Dimensions

  • Our frame dimensions are a close match to the signature version, just the arms are not quite as wide and have a different slope.
    4.00 out of 5
  • This is the Signature Model.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Frame dimensions are a very different than the Signature version, in that, the chair sits more upright than the Signature version and the seat height is too low. Not to specification.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Frame dimension seem slightly smaller in overall size than the signature version.
    2.00 out of 5

Frame Metal

  • Our Frame is #304 grade stainless steel hand-polished to a mirror-like finish. Polished stainless is recognized as a more natural appearance metal feature than plated chrome. Stainless steel is easy to maintain, repairable by hand polishing and offers a near life-time of trouble fee use.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Frame is polished chrome hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish. The chrome plating process of metals has been noted as a generally unsafe manufacturing process for our environment and when scratched or chipped, the steel will rust and it cannot be easily repaired.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Frame is #304 stainless steel, but slightly larger tube radius than the signature version.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Frame is chrome plated and has a dull, milky finish.
    1.00 out of 5

Shell Construction

  • Our shell is constructed of Fiber-reinforced polymer internal shell for greater strength than the plastic shell of the signature brand.
    5.00 out of 5
  • The shell of the Signature version is constructed of a HDPE plastic shell that is thin and lightweight. It seems to do the job, there is quite a bit of flex in the back.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Rove's womb chair shell is constructed of fiberglass. It doesn't seem to have captured the original's curves and dimensions, but closers than Kardiel's though.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Kardiel's womb chair shell is also constructed of fiberglass. It doesn't seem to have captured the original's curves and dimensions, either.
    .00 out of 5

Product Description

The womb chair was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948 and is considered among the ten best mid-century modern furniture designs. Chairs from this era were known for their form, function and flamboyance. They were more comfortable than their Bauhaus modern predessors, as they were essentially created for "lounging" -- a new activity for the 1950's.

In addition to comfort, the womb chair highlights a new form of construction for chairs of the Mid-Century Modern decade. The basic structure of the chair is the molded fiberglass shell (we use composite polymer now), covered in foam and bright colored upholstery fabrics, also known for this period.

Our version of the Saarinen Womb Chair is made of molded fiber-reinforced internal shell, not a plastic shell, then sculpted with North America sourced foam over that. Our legs are stainless steel, not chrome plated steel. We also can powdercoat the legs in a variety of colors. Our upholstery is what sets our version apart from all others on the market. Our fabric is made in North America, and is 100% polyester made from recycled plastic. This fabric is a textured or boucle surface and is extremely durable (250K double rubs) and is water and stain resistant.

Overall Dimensions: 38"w x 39"d x 35"h
Seat Height: 19"
Seat Dimensions: 22"w x 20"d
Weight: 65 pounds

Available In These 20 Boucle Fabric Colors

Upholstery Choices

We offer our own exclusive collection of "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 (recycled plastic, actually), our boucle's are soft, durable (250K double rubs), stain and UV resistant. We have arranged these swatches in color groups below. 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.

We are happy to mail you a physical piece of fabic so you can hold it in your hands.

Fabric 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)

Click on any of these swatches to see an enlarged view.

Other Upholstery Choices

Besides the fabric choices above, we can do your own fabric (COM). Please note, this will require a special quote and material approval, plus extra time to make.


Customer Reviews

I am writing this review from the comfort of my new womb chair and ottoman. Curt and modern classics were THE best to work with. Quality of the chair is excellent, gorgeous fabric and very well made. Delivery was a breeze and the chair was delivered within the window of time I requested. And it was wrapped in a bullet proof crate that kept my new chair safe from the perils of transportation. I highly recommend modern classics and have purchased from them in the past with the same great quality of furniture and curteous service.

Sara K. August, 2016

Excellent customer service and beautiful craftsmanship. Curt and his team replaced royal blue Swan chair and Womb ottoman reproductions of mine that were ruined by water damage with similar but much finer quality pieces. And I was happy to do business with an independently owned, US based company.

Womb Chair in Royal Blue

Jill L. August, 2015

We are an interior design firm based in Santa Fe, NM. We have worked with Modern Classics on several projects and always appreciate their professionalism and knowledge of their product. We usually order items that are featured on their website, but on one occasion it had to be a custom order of a pair of "Womb" chairs. We sent the fabric directly to them and Curt w/Modern Classics saw to it that it resulted in exactly what we envisioned. There were many conversations and questions which we and he felt were very necessary to complete this tedious project. No one gave up and the result was beautiful! Both we and our clients were ecstatic. As a result we have continued building our relationship with Curt and Modern Classics.

Womb Chair in Custom Striped Fabric

Samuel Design GroupNovember, 2014