International Decorative Art

Grasshopper Chair (Model 61)

Grasshopper Chair (Model 61)

Design Date 1946

Designer Eero Saarinen (1910–1961, American, b. Finland)

Manufacturer Knoll International (1938–present) , New York, NY

Media laminated birch frame with original fabric upholstery

Dimensions 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 34 inches

Eero Saarinen studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father Eliel was the founding director. At Cranbrook he met life-long friend Florence Knoll; this is the first lounge chair he designed for the Knoll company. It got its name, Grasshopper Chair, because the curved bentwood arms/legs of the chair reminded Saarinen of a grasshopper’s hind legs. The seat was meant for relaxing and leaning back to read or decompress after a long day’s work. The bent laminated wood frame was a material that had been used for aviation during WWII and after the war was adapted for furniture manufacturing.

ON VIEW in Modern Gallery 7

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.1993