These fabulous chairs are just what you need around your mid mod kitchen table! Or maybe for around a game table in your family room, great room, or sunroom. I can see them there. Can’t you? Although done in the style of Eero Saarinen’s tulip chairs which were produced by Knoll, this set of four were redesigned by Arthur Umanoff for Contemporary Shells, Inc. Umanoff was a skilled designer of the period with a huge following of his own. These chairs are comprised of a fiberglass armed shell seat, with Contemporary Shells’ telltale chevron or inverted V, that swivels on its cast aluminum base. They are each fitted with a bold cobalt or royal blue padded seat cushion for added comfort and pizzazz.
Arthur Umanoff (1923-1985), a Pratt and American School of Design graduate, was a fabulous and prolific mid-century modern and modern designer during the mid-late 20th century. He began his career in 1952 at The Elton Company. His designs include a wide range of décor items as well as furniture which focused for a time on fun bars and barstools and a variety of patio pieces in wrought iron and wood and laminates. Some of the companies he designed for include Shaver Howard, Washington Woodcraft, Howard Miller, Contemporary Shells, and Arleigh to name just a few. His designs are widely sought after today.