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Model 61 Chair, ca. 1950

This is a Chair. It was manufactured by Knoll International. It is dated ca. 1950 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is bent laminated birch, upholstery. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Named for its continuous bentwood arm and leg inspired by a grasshopper’s hind legs, this chair was the first sculptural lounge chair that Saarinen designed for Knoll. For this chair, also known as the Model 61, Saarinen employed bent laminated wood, a light but strong material often utilized for aircraft during World War II. Although the chair was not an immediate success for Knoll, it was produced from 1946 to 1965 and is back in production today.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Grasshopper Chair.

It is credited Gift of Mel Byars.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 88 x 67.5 x 86 cm (34 5/8 x 26 9/16 x 33 7/8 in. )

Cite this object as

Model 61 Chair, ca. 1950; Manufactured by Knoll Textiles (United States); USA; bent laminated birch, upholstery; H x W x D: 88 x 67.5 x 86 cm (34 5/8 x 26 9/16 x 33 7/8 in. ); Gift of Mel Byars; 1991-59-59

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