Eero Saarinen, a distinguished Finnish architect, was born in 1910. Saarinen immigrated with his family to the United States when he was 13 years old. Eero would soon take up studying art and design like his father who was a dean at the famous Cranbrook Academy of Art. He would befriend several famous Mid-Century Modern designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and Francis Knoll. His passion for learning would propel him to Paris, France where he would study sculpting at theAcadémie de la Grande Chaumière. He would complete his education at the Yale School of Architecture. The Ivy League designer went to work for his father and become a United States citizen.
Being great friends with Charles Eames, the two collaborated to design the famous Tulip Chair. They won an award in the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Other famous furniture designs belonging to Eero are the Grasshopper lounge chair and the Womb chair. These furnishings included the typical look of Mid-Century Modern furniture of that time, The Knoll Furniture company would begin producing the furniture.
Along with great furnishings, Saarinen designed many beautiful buildings and monuments such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Dulles International Airport, TWA Terminal, John Deere World Headquarters, and General Motors Technical Center. Saarinen was a pioneer for structure designs involving curved concrete. The only skyscraper Saarinen erected was the CBS building in New York City. Unfortunately, Saarinen’s life was cut short. He passed away in an operation to remove a brain tumor at the age of 51. Saarinen’s notes were donated to the Smithsonian Institute and awarded a medal by the American Institute of Architects.
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