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Eero Saarinen 1910-61

Eero Saarinen was the son of the celebrated Finnish architect and first President of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eliel Saarinen. Born in Helsinki, he emigrated with his family to the United States in 1923. Initially studied sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris (1929/30) and later architecture at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, graduating in 1934. He received a sholarship there which enabled him to travel to Europe (1934/35). On his return, he taught at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1937, he began a collaboration with Charles Eames which culminated in a series of highly progressive and prize-winning furniture designs for The Museum of Modern Art's 1940 "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition. He later produced several highly successful furniture designs for Knoll International. He worked in his father's architectural office until Eliel's death in 1950. His greatest architectural project was the remarkable TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York.


Other designers at contemporary:
Alvar Aalto - Eero Aarnio - Harry Bertoia - Achille Castiglioni - Joe Colombo - Robin Day - Michele De Lucchi
Charles Eames
- Arne Jacobsen - Poul Kjaerholm - Vico Magistretti - Bruno Mathsson - Mies van der Rohe
Jasper Morrison - George Nelson - Verner Panton - Eero Saarinen - Hans Wegner