Happy birthday Eero Saarinen! The man behind iconic designs such as the Tulip chair and the Pedestal table was born 100 years ago and, to celebrate, his manufacturer, Knoll, has launched a rather special limited edition of the iconic Womb Chair. Had to hotfoot it to the Knoll showroom, for a peep. Or should I say stroke.

Originally designed in 1948, Florence Knoll had briefed Saarinen to come up with a chair that was ‘like a basket full of pillows…something I could curl up in.’

To give the new version its luxe edge, Knoll has upholstered it in 100% Loro Piana cashmere. And not just any old cashmere…

The fabric comes from the under fleece of the Hircus goat, as found in Northern China and Mongolia. Which I can exclusively reveal feels as rare and different as it sounds.

Only 100 chairs have been made, and they come in at around £6,000, so while they’re the ideal chaise for a curl-up-and-snooze moment, you might want to put your glass of red wine somewhere safe first… Neil – Dep ed

The Cashmere Womb Chair is now available from Knoll’s recently opened London showroom (91 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 7EX) or from Knoll dealers nationwide. To find your nearest showroom, click here.

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