Why Our Version is the Best:
  • Made with High Performance Polyester Boucle Fabrics
  • Available 20 Vibrant Colors
  • Stainless Steel legs with adjustable foot glides
  • Dimensions Best Match Signature model
  • Exclusive: Powdercoating in 8 colors are available (for an extra charge)
  • Specify your own Fabrics (for an Extra Charge)
  • Free Shipping and No Sales Taxes
Our Item No. MC-1310
Base Price: Chair Only $ 1,760
Base Price: Chair + Ottoman $ 2,260
Overall Dimensions - Chair: 40.5"w x 38"d x 37"h
Seat Height: 15 inches
Seat Dimensions: 25"w x 20"d
Weight: 65 pounds

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.

Summary: Modern Classics vs. Competition

Feature Modern Classics Design Within Reach Rove Concepts Kardiel
Base Price (Chair and Ottoman) $ 2,260 $ 5,516 $ 1,145 $ 799
Upholstery Materials
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Chair Dimensions
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Chair Body
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Chair Frame
4.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Ottoman Details
5.00 out of 5
4.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Custom Options
5.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5

Detailed Comparison: Modern Classics vs. Competition

UPHOLSTERY MATERIALS

 Modern Classics  

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. There is also the option of providing your own fabric for a custom upcharge.

5.00 out of 5
  Design Within Reach 

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
 Rove Concepts  

Offered in a very cheap fabric, a wool blend, that has no life span or stain protection. Will rapidly pil up. Unstable dye lots, so rarely can you get a complete set of chairs that look the same. Also offered in leather.

1.00 out of 5
 Kardiel Furniture 

Also offered in a very cheap fabric, a linen cotton blend, that has no life span. Unstable dye lots, so rarely can you get a complete set of chairs that look the same.

1.00 out of 5

CHAIR DIMENSIONS

 Modern Classics  

Our chair 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
 Design Within Reach 

The chair sold at DWR is the Knoll brand chair. The dimensions seem to be the same mold throughout the lifetime of their manufacturing.

5.00 out of 5
 Rove Concepts  

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.

2.00 out of 5
 Kardiel Furniture 

Frame dimensions are a very different than the Signature version, in that, the chair sits higher and does not closely resemble the Saarinen style chair at all.

1.00 out of 5

CHAIR BODY

 Modern Classics  

Our chair 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. The back is flexible, but sturdy. Holes are placed for frame attachment. 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. 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 

Their chair shell is plasic covered with high-resislent foam that is very puffy and no longer is sleekly-shaped like the original look of the chair and ottoman. 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. There is a cavity in the mold for the back cushion, which we cover over with padding and fabric.

4.00 out of 5
 Rove Concepts  

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. 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. 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
 Kardiel Furniture 

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. 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. 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

CHAIR FRAME

 Modern Classics  

Our Frames are 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 8 standard colors or customized to your perference, all with an upcharge. Our adjustable feet are not quite the same as the DWR version, but we are working on that.

5.00 out of 5
 Design Within Reach 

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. And their feet are sleek and thin.

4.00 out of 5
 Rove Concepts  

Rove uses solid stainless steel legs for their offering, but use a slightly larger tube radius than the signature version. Which seems odd.

1.00 out of 5
 Kardiel Furniture 

Kardeil uses solid stainless steel legs for their offering, but the tubing is chrome plated and has a dull, milky finish.

1.00 out of 5

OTTOMAN DETAILS

 Modern Classics  

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 have a significantly higher seat height. In addition, we choose to make our ottoman legs more closely match the original model from 1948, which has no bend in the legs near the end.

5.00 out of 5
 Design Within Reach 

The seat height of the Knoll ottoman is set at the same height as the chair, which is good. 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
 Rove Concepts  

The seat height of the Rove Womb 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
 Kardiel Furniture 

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

CUSTOM OPTIONS

 Modern Classics  

We offer the extreme flexibility on this model for customizing. First, there is the upholstery material. You can provide your own fabric. You can do one color for the removable cushions and a different color for the chair body. We can powder coat the legs using one of our standard colors, or your own selection.

5.00 out of 5
 Design Within Reach 

For a significant upcharge, Knoll will make a chair using your fabric or leather. They do offer alternate frame color such as black, no customs.

2.00 out of 5
 Rove Concepts  

Rove does not offer custom modiifcations for their offering, in fabric, leg finish or anything.

1.00 out of 5
 Kardiel Furniture 

Kardeil does not offer custom modiifcations for their offering, in fabric, leg finish or anything.

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.

LEATHER CHOICES

Modern Boucle Fabric

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)
Flammability:Class 1 (CAL 117-2013)

Other Metal Frame Color Choices

Besides the standard #304 Polished Stainless Steel frames shown above, we do our own in-house powder coating over the stainless steel frame. We offer 8 standard colors and there is a $100 extra charge for the custom leg finishing.

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

About Modern Classics Furniture

Here at Modern Classics Furniture, we focus tightly on manufacturing and selling furniture in the niche market known as Iconic Modern Classics Furniture. Here's why we are your top choice for Modern Classic Furniture:

  • We make and sell only our own products -- we do not sell other manufacturer's product, nor will you find our products elsewhere on the Internet.
  • We offer a 3 year warranty
  • We offer FREE SHIPPING on all retail orders; Free shipping on design trade orders over $2,500
  • We only make quality furniture using the best materials
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Corporate Headquarters

1788 Midway Lane Bellingham, WA 98226
Curt Roth, President
360-733-6400
curt@modernclassics.com

While we have three showroom locations, the best place to call and get answers is at our company headquarters in Bellingham Washington. Call or Email, you will most likely reach Curt Roth, company president and chief answerman. Or you can use this contact us form, we will receive a text message.

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