We wrote this review and comparison guide to help you figure out who makes the best womb chair replica. We have only highlighted 4 sellers of this iconic chairs, the primary contenders if you will, and while it seem slightly bias toward our version, the points are valid and we hope support the notion that our version of the Model 70 Womb Chair and Ottoman are truly the best on the market.

Our Item No: MC-1310

Chair Only Price: $ 1,760

Chair + Ottoman Price: $ 2,260

(Price includes Free Shipping and No Sales Taxes)

Key Features:
  • Made with High Performance Polyester Boucle Fabrics
  • 20 Vibrant Colors
  • Stainless Steel legs with adjustable foot glides
  • Dimensions closely match Signature model
  • Exclusive: Powdercoating in 6 colors are available (for an extra charge)
  • Specify your own Fabrics
Overall Dimensions: 40.5"w x 38"d x 37"h
Seat Height: 15"
Seat Dimensions: 25"w x 20"d
Weight: 65 pounds

Side-By-Side Comparison: Modern Classics vs. the Competition

Feature Modern Classics Design Within Reach Rove Concepts Kardeil
Base Price (for Chair and Ottoman Set)
3.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
5.00 out of 5
Upholstery Materials
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Cushion Sewing
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Ottoman Details
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Frame Dimensions
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Frame Metal
5.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
3.00 out of 5
3.00 out of 5
Shell Construction
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Foam Details
5.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Custom Options
4.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5

  Modern Classics Brand  

BASE PRICE (Chair & Ottoman):
  $2,260.
4.00 out of 5
UPHOLSTERY MATERIALS:
 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
CUSHION SEWING:
 Our Womb chair is well sewn. The parameter seams have a blind stitch piping. The back pillow is not attached, which make it easy to move or adjust the back cushion to a sitter's back.
5.00 out of 5
OTTOMAN DETAILS:
 The seat height of our ottoman is set at the perfect height to comfortable rest your legs on. All of the lower priced models of Womb ottomans are significantly higher. In addition, we choose to make our ottoman legs more closely match the original model from 1948.
5.00 out of 5
FRAME DIMENSIONS:
 Our frame dimensions were derived from original 1948 engineering - production drawings, and are the closest to the designer's original intent of the model. Our chair has the more upright sitting position which makes it confortable for both sitting and lounging. The arms are parallel to the floor. From the overall size to the slope of the back, we think we have recaptured the chairs historical icon.
5.00 out of 5
FRAME METAL:
 Our Frames are precision formed with No. 304 grade stainless steel rod and hand-polished to a mirror-like finish. By using higher grade #304 stainless steel we achieve a more natural appearance metal feature than plated chrome as well as a more environmentally safe steel compared to “plated chrome”. Stainless steel is easy to maintain, inherently corrosive resistant and repairable by hand polishing offering a near life-time of trouble fee use. Besides the hand-polished look, we can make our frame with a powdercoated finish in 6 standard colors or customized to your perference, all with an upcharge.
5.00 out of 5
SHELL CONSTRUCTION:
 Our shell is constructed of Fiber-reinforced polymer internal shell for greater strength than the other brands. Our shell is propriety and exclusive to our brand.
5.00 out of 5
FOAM DETAILS:
 We use high-resislent foam that is shaped for the original look of the chair and ottoman. This is a sleek look, not too puffy.
5.00 out of 5

  Design Within Reach

BASE PRICE (Chair & Ottoman):
  $5,516
1.00 out of 5
UPHOLSTERY MATERIALS:
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. Knoll also offers the chair and ottoman in leather, which we do not.
4.00 out of 5
CUSHION SEWING:
 The Knoll chair is generally well sewn. The parameter seams have a blind stitch piping. The back pillow is attached with clips, which make it difficult to move or adjust the back cushion to a sitter's back.
4.00 out of 5
OTTOMAN DETAILS:
 The seat height of the Knoll ottoman is set at the same height as the chair, which is adequate. However, Knoll choose to alter the shape of their ottoman legs more closely match chair, rather the retain the lines of the original design from 1948.
4.00 out of 5
FRAME DIMENSIONS:
 The Knoll brand chair dimensions have been altered through the years and now the current model is shorter and not as deep as it used to be. It does have the more upright sitting position which makes it confortable for both sitting and lounging.
4.00 out of 5
FRAME METAL:
 Their chair frame is chrome plated solid steel rod. The chrome plating process of metals has been noted as a generally unsafe manufacturing process for our an environmentally and when scratched or chipped, the steel will rust and it cannot be easily repaired. Also offered in black painted finish.
3.00 out of 5
SHELL CONSTRUCTION:
 Their seat chair is foam covered molded fiberglass.
4.00 out of 5
FOAM DETAILS:
 Knoll uses high-resislent foam that is very puffy and no longer is sleekly-shaped like the original look of the chair and ottoman.
2.00 out of 5

  Rove Concepts

BASE PRICE (Chair & Ottoman):
  $1,145
2.00 out of 5
UPHOLSTERY MATERIALS:
 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
CUSHION SEWING:
 Besides using really cheap fabric, the sewing details on this model is sub-standard. No blind stitch piping around the parameter of the chair or ottoman, etc.
1.00 out of 5
OTTOMAN DETAILS:
 The seat height of the Kardeil ottoman is significantly higher than the seat height of the chair. this goes along with the extreme racked back angle of their chair.
1.00 out of 5
FRAME DIMENSIONS:
 Frame dimensions are a very different than the Signature version, in that, the chair sits more angled back and the chair is not as wide. Arms also are not parallel to the floor, so overall, this chair looks like a cheap copy.
2.00 out of 5
FRAME METAL:
 Frame is #304 stainless steel, but slightly larger tube radius than the signature version.
3.00 out of 5
SHELL CONSTRUCTION:
 Their chair mold is dated from the early 1990s and while it might be made of fiberglass, it is still an inferior mold shape for the chair. The arms are angled, not flat. The back angle is too steep.
1.00 out of 5
FOAM DETAILS:
 They most likely use highly resilient urethane foam, however, their cushions look super puffy and not the sleek modern effect originally conceived by the designer.
1.00 out of 5

  Kardeil

BASE PRICE (Chair & Ottoman):
  $ 799
5.00 out of 5
UPHOLSTERY MATERIALS:
 Also offered in a very cheap fabric, a linen cotton blend, that has no life span.
1.00 out of 5
OTTOMAN DETAILS:
 The seat height of the Kardeil ottoman is significantly higher than the seat height of the chair. this goes along with the extreme racked back angle of their chair, suitable more for an astronaut being launched into space, rather than sitting in your living room enjoy a good book.
1.00 out of 5
CUSHION SEWING:
 Besides using really cheap fabric, the sewing details on this model is sub-standard. No blind stitch piping around the parameter of the chair or ottoman, etc.
1.00 out of 5
FRAME DIMENSIONS:
 Frame dimensions are a very different than the Signature version, in that, the chair sits more angled back and the chair is not as wide. Arms also are not parallel to the floor, so overall, this chair looks like a cheap copy.
1.00 out of 5
FRAME METAL:
 Frame tubing is chrome plated and has a dull, milky finish.
3.00 out of 5
SHELL CONSTRUCTION:
 Their chair mold is dated from the early 1990s and while it might be made of fiberglass, it is still an inferior mold shape for the chair. The arms are angled, not flat. The back angle is too steep.
1.00 out of 5
FOAM DETAILS:
 They most likely use highly resilient urethane foam, however, their cushions look super puffy and not the sleek modern effect originally conceived by the designer.
1.00 out of 5

Product Description

The Model 70 Chair, now known as the Womb Chair, was designed in 1948 by Eero Saarinen and is generally 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 predecessors, as they were essentially created for "lounging" -- a new activity for the 1950's.

In addition to comfort, the Womb Chair highlighted a new form of construction for chairs of the Mid-Century Modern decade, using molded fiberglass. 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 (we don't like to use the word "replica") is made of molded fiber-reinforced internal shell, not a plastic shell, then covered with sculpted with North America sourced foam that conforms to the mold. We use solid stainless steel bars for the legs, not chrome plated steel, and have adjustable feet. With our own in-house powdercoating here in Bellingham, we can also powdercoat the legs in a variety of colors. But what really sets our version of the Womb Chair apart from the cheaper replicas on the market is our upholstery. Wew spent over 18 months searching for the right boucle fabric for our chairs. Going directly to a North American mill, we designed the perfect boucle for this chair. Made of 100% polyester made from recycled plastic, this fabric has a textured or boucle surface, is extremely durable (250K double rubs), is water and stain resistant and has environmentally green stain gaurd built into the material.

Available In These 20 Boucle Fabric Colors

We 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 boucle's 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. Click on any of these swatches to see an enlarged view.

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)
Crocking: Wet: Class 5.0, Dry: Class 4.5 (AATCC 8)
Light Fastness: Class 4.0 - 5.0 @ 40 hours (AATCC 16 3511)
Pilling Resistance: Class 5.0 (ASTM D 3511)
Seam Slippage: Warp: 79.5 lbs Fill: 133.0 lbs (ASTM D 4034)
Tensile Strength: Warp: 177.0 lbs Fill: 234.0 lbs (ASTM D 5034)

Other Metal Frame Color Choices

Besides the standard #304 Polished Stainless Steel shown above, we do our own in-house powdercoating over the stainless steel frame. We offer 6 standard colors, but our powder supplier offers about 6,000 colors, so maybe you can get that fluorescent pink frame after all. These are the finishes we have, and there is a slight extra charge for the finishing, $150 and $75 for the ottoman.

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

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