EERO SAARINEN

Eero Saarinen was one of the 20th century’s great visionaries, both in the fields of architecture and in furniture design. He created the ubiquitous Knoll “Tulip” chair. His works became icons in themselves: Marrying curves and dynamic forms with a modernist aesthetic, he brought a whole new dimension to architecture that continues to inspire architects today.

Eero  Saarinen working at his studio

Working on the TWA terminal, Eeero Saarine and Kevin Roche.

TWA terminal, Eeero Saarine

In America’s postwar years, architects and builders were redefining modernism, taking advantage of new construction techniques and materials to create a visual language for the 20th century. Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was amazingly prolific and successful throughout this era, designing projects such ass the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport or community churches and individual homes.

TWA terminal, Eeero Saarinen with close up airplane

The very sculptural and fluid TWA terminal at JFK Airport in New York, 1962.

TWA terminal, Eeero Saarine

TWA terminal, Eeero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen

TWA terminal, Eeero Saarinen

TWA terminal, Eeero Saarinen balcony detail

TWA terminal model, Eeero Saarinen

main lobby TWA terminal, Eeero Saarinen

interior TWA terminal, Eeero Saarinen

Dulles International airport, Washington D.C eero saarinen

Dulles International airport, Washington D.C. 1959.

Dulles International airport, Washington D.C by architect eero saarinen

Dulles International airport, Washington D.C by architect eero saarinen

Eero Sarinnen working on a model of the 630-foot high "Gateway to the West," the Arch of St. Louis.

Eero Sarinnen working on a model of the 630-foot high “Gateway to the West,” the Arch of St. Louis.

Eero Sarinnen working on a model of the 630-foot high "Gateway to the West," the Arch of St. Louis.

Eero Sarinnen "Gateway to the West," the Arch of St. Louis under contruction

Eero Sarinnen 630-foot high "Gateway to the West," the Arch of St. Louis.

Eero Sarinnen 630-foot high "Gateway to the West," the Arch of St. Louis.

Construction of the David S. Ingalls Hockey Rink, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1959

Construction of the David S. Ingalls Hockey Rink, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1959.

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The first major work by Saarinen, in collaboration with his father, was the General Motors Technical Center.

Water tower and frozen water feature, General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Michigan, 1945

Water tower and frozen water feature, General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Michigan, 1945.

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Living area from terrace, Miller house, Columbus, Indiana, circa 1957

Living area from terrace, Miller house, Columbus, Indiana, 1957.

Eero  Saarinen and Florence Knoll working on a Tulip chair.

Eero  Saarinen and Florence Knoll working on a Tulip chair.

Eero Saarinen knoll livingroom with dinning table and chairs

“…all parts of an architectural composition must be parts of the same form-world.” -Eero Saarinen.

eero sarien knoll chair vintage magazine ad

Eero Saarinen table and matching chairs

Eero Saarinen magazine ad

Eero Saarinen chair display

The Womb chair, 1948, was the result of collaboration with Charles Eames. Saarinen sought to design a chair which would allow several sitting positions. Exquisitely comfy, sleek and stylish, this chair has it all.

eero sarinen armchair

Eero Saarinen chair

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Eero Saarinen said, “A chair should not only look well as a piece of sculpture in a room when no one is in it, it should also be a flattering background when someone is in it.”

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