Friday, April 25, 2008

Designer of the Week: Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen is one of my favorite designers. Not only did he create wonderful modern classic pieces of furniture, but he created classic iconic architectural pieces such as the Gateway Arch.

"Saarinen began his career as a student at Yale University and after travels and studies in Europe returned to the U.S. and taught for a brief period at Cranbrook Academy. Cranbrook had been founded in 1927 by publisher George C. Booth and Eliel Saarinen, the latter of whom became Director in 1932. Two of its graduates were Charles Eames and Florence Knoll Bassett (then Schust). Saarinen and Eames collaborated on various projects, culminating in a range of furniture that won first prize at an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1940 entitled, "Organic Design in Home Furnishings." After 1946, Eames went to work for Herman Miller, and Saarinen became associated with Knoll® Associates. A number of Saarinen's chairs for Knoll were to become landmarks in the history of 20th century design." (via DWR)

Eero Saarinen

Womb chair

Executive chair

Tulip table and chair

Gateway Arch

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