Eero Saarinen was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer known for his neo-futuristic style and ideas. He’s had the pleasure of designing the Washington Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC, the TWA Flight Center in New York City and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. His family immigrated to the United States in 1923 and studied at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where his father taught and was dean of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was well invested in is craft and chose to take courses in sculpture and furniture to express himself further. He took his studies to mind and even studied abroad at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France. Afterward, he went on to study at the Yale School of Architecture, completing his studies in 1934. Saarinen received critical recognition while still working for his father. His design the “Tulip Chair” won first prize in “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition in 1940. His futuristic design took him to further heights as he also won first prize in the 1948 race for the design of the Gateway Arch National Park (now known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) in St. Louis, Missouri. Succeeding in his scheme, Saarinen was able to capture major corporations attention such as John Deere, IBM, and CBS. Asked to design their new headquarters and other corporate establishments.
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Innovative. Futuristic. Unique. This is how you will describe the Eero Saarinen style. His passion to create unique, sculptural and exceptional pieces of furniture has made him a world-renowned industrial designer.
Eero Saarinen biography
Eero Saarinen was a Finnish-American architect who was born in 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland. He was the youngest son of the top-caliber Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and Loja Gesellius, an architectural model and sculptor. When he was 13 years old, their family immigrated to the United States in 1923. He studied furniture design and sculpture in the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he became close with fellow students Ray and Charles Eames and befriended Florence Knoll.
In 1929, Saarinen took further studies at the prestigious Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, France and then got his degree at the Yale School of Architecture. After his graduation in 1934, he went around North Africa and Europe for a year and stayed in Finland for another year. When he returned to the U.S., he joined his father’s architectural firm and helped him with many monumental and successful projects.
Eero Saarinen philosophy
He grew up with multi-talented parents and was taught that every single object should be created in the “next largest context.” The Eero Saarinen style leaned on mid-century modernism and revolved on his design philosophy, which he called the six pillars of architecture. It resulted in the creation of neo-futuristic furniture that revolutionized the industry and fulfilled his dream of resolving the ‘confusing, ugly, and unrestful world’ with beautiful pieces that makes your own space chic, comfy, and cozy.
Eero Saarinen Chair
As a furniture designer, Saarinen set a new trend in the industry and remained as a much-sought piece until these modern days. The Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair is a true classic. It has a quintessential modern look that fits high-end living or working spaces. The chair was primarily designed as a pair of the Tulip dining table, but it can stand alone as an accent or functional seat. It won the 1962 Design Center Stuttgart Award, 1969 Federal Award for Industrial Design, and 1969 Museum of Modern Art Award.
The Eero Saarinen Ball Chair was another breakthrough that scales up the mid-century furniture design. The unconventional, globe-like shape was regarded as a classic industrial design that adds vibrant energy to your living or working space. Another striking piece is the Eero Saarinen Egg Chair, which is inspired by his own ‘Womb Chair.’ At Mobelaris, you can buy premium reproductions of Eero Saarinen furniture.
Eero Saarinen Table
During the early part of the 1950s, Saarinen made exquisite furniture for the Knoll company. He created a whole array of one-legged furniture for his Pedestal Collection, which included the Tulip table and chair, side tables, coffee tables, and oval dining table. The Eero Saarinen Tulip dining table is a timeless and versatile piece that he designed in 1959. It has a contemporary design that fits all types of living and working spaces. The Saarinen Side Table is another defining design that captures the interest of people across the globe since its public appearance in 1957. This modern and elegant table can be used as a display table, coffee table, and bedroom nightstand. Pair it with modern chairs and you get a stylish space at home or office.