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+Eero Saarinen

26 Oct, 2012

+Eero Saarinen

If two words could describe the architecture of Eero Saarinen, they would be simple and sweeping.  The Finnish-American architect and industrial designer was born in Finland and migrated to America with his family when he was 13-years-old. Saarinen and his family moved to Michigan, and that was where he first began taking furniture design and sculpture classes. Little did he know at the time that he had made friends with the right people, including Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll.

Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen

Saarinen transferred from his school in Michigan to the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and then ultimately to Yale where he completed his studies in 1934 after which he went back to Michigan to teach at the first academy he attended : Cranbrook.

The Tulip Chair

Saarinen first put his name on the map for a chair designed together with Charles Eames for the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition in 1940. They received first prize for what is now known as the “Tulip chair” and many more designs would follow, including the “Grasshopper” lounge chair and ottoman set (1946), the “Womb” chair and ottoman (1948), the “Womb” settee (1950), side and arm chairs (1948–1950), and the “Tulip” or “Pedestal” group (1956), which included side and arm chairs, dining, coffee and side tables, as well as a stool.

The first major work by Saarinen, in collaboration with his father, was the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, and he was soon invited by the likes of John Deer, IBM and CBS to design their new corporate headquarters as well.

CBS building in New York

Eero Saarinen unfortunately passed away from a brain tumor in 1961, but prior to his death he was the principal partner of his architecture firm, Saarinen and Associates for the last 11 years of his life. The firm designed  the  Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, better known as the Gateway Arch, the miller House, and the TWA Flight Center at John. F Kennedy International Airport.

JFK

JFK

+Beryll designs draw from Saarinen’s simple and sweeping projects as inspiration for the architecture of fashion. Each piece is constructed with the elegant yet modern timelessness pioneered by these amazing minds. Which pieces do you like best? Find out by clicking here. 

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