Comparison Guide: Saarinen Side Chair (Model 72 Side Chair Reproduction)

Stainless Steel Legs Wood Legs Swivel Base
$ 720 $ 820 $ 810
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 Side Chair (Model 72 Side Chair Reproduction) was designed and introduced in 1948 by Saarinen as the second 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 71 Arm Chair.) The Model 72 Side Chair was created specifically for the executive offices of the General Motors Technical School, for which Saarinen was also lead architect

The Model 72 Side chair maintains the same depressed-cone shape of the womb chairs, but removing the arms and the high back. The Side Chair was first prototyped out of sheet metal for testing, with the metal wrapped under the seat. To achieve the correct angle for the back, they place little kinks in the metal, which were later replaced with the back opening when the chair shell was molded out of fiberglass for production. Because of its production simplicity, the Model 72 Side Chair was conceived as a chair for large volume projects. But its refined form also makes it a good fit for any settling with a more residential feel.

Our Saarinen Side Chair is a high quality reproduction of this Saarinen Model 72 Side 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.


  • Molded polymer internal shell
  • Choice of legs: solid stainless steel legs, swivel base or solid oak
  • High Resilient Multi-Density Foam
  • Choice of leather or fabric upholstery
Overall: 22w x 21d x 30.5h
Seat Interior: 20w x 18d
Seat Height: 18h
Weight: 20lbs

Modern Classics Furniture offers two levels of leather for the Saarinen Dining 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 Dining Chairs. 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
Polar White
Snow White
Beige White
Cafe au Lait
Neutral Tan
Autumn Tan
L227- Premium - Golden Tan Leather L228- Premium - Honey Tan Leather L131- Cocoa Brown Leather L235- Premium - Espresso Leather L135- Java Brown Leather
Golden Tan
Cocoa Brown
Espresso Brn
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
Std. Black
Shiny Black
Matte Black
Std. 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
Pearl White
Buff Yellow
Citrus Yellow
Melon Orange
Poppy Orange
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
Lime Green
Powder Blue
Aegean Blue
Royal Blue
Plum Purple
Silver Gray
F263-Smoke Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F264-Winter Gray <br>Fabric Content: 100% Polyester F265-Mica 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
Smoke Gray
Winter Gray
Mica Gray
Midnight Black
Putty Tan
Chestnut Brown
Wood Choices

We currently offer 4 standard finishes choices for the Wood 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)
Walnut Medium
Ebonized Black
Oak Natural
Walnut Dark

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