Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen grew up in Helsinki and at Cranbrook in an environment suffused with art and architecture. Admission to KMAC is free for students and children thanks to a generous donation from. [20], Saarinen became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1940. The exhibition at KMAC will highlight his brief yet brilliant career in designing numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings, including the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at New York's JFK Airport, the Dulles Airport in Washington DC, and the commissioned modern home, the Miller House in Columbus IN, now owned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). He designed a group of buildings in Bloomfield Hills, including Cranbrook School for Boys (1925–30), Kingswood School for Girls (1929–30), the Institute for … Saarinen is best known for designing the Washington Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., the TWA Flight Center in New York City, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1965 he took first prize in US Embassy competition in London. Upon returning to the United States, his interests had settled more firmly on architecture. At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Knoll, who at that time was a promising young protégé of Eliel Saarinen. In 1940 Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook. [32] The exhibition was accompanied by the book Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future. Eero household was filled with drawings and paintings and they were taken very seriously; at an early age devotion to quality and professionalism were instilled in him. Between 1929 and 1931, starting when he was just nineteen, Saarinen designed some thirty-five pieces of furniture for Kingswood. The Saarinens had two children, a daughter Pipsan, who married before the house was completed and a son Eero, who lived in the house briefly during his school breaks before he was married. [25], Saarinen is now considered one of the masters of American 20th-century architecture. After his tour of Europe and North Africa, Saarinen returned to Cranbrook to work for his father and teach at the academy. He mastered new materials like plywood and plastics indicative of the post-war age. Eero Saarinen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈeːro ˈsɑːrinen]) (August 20, 1910 – September 1, 1961) was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer noted for his neo-futuristic style. [9] A jury which did not include Saarinen had discarded Utzon's design in the first round; Saarinen reviewed the discarded designs, recognized a quality in Utzon's design, and ultimately assured the commission of Utzon.[9]. His most famous work is the TWA Flight Center, which represents the culmination of his previous designs and his genius for expressing the ultimate purpose of each building, what he called the "style for the job. By the time he was in his teens, Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus. He attended Yale University, where he studied fine arts and graduated with honors in 1934. Eero Saarinen was born on August 20, 1910, to Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and his second wife, Louise, on his father's 37th birthday. Florence and Eero developed a brother-and-sister-like relationship that would last the rest of their lives. [5], In 1940 Saarinen became a naturalized citizen of the United States.[6]. When the committee sent out the letter stating Saarinen had won the competition, it was mistakenly addressed to his father. A schoolmate and great friend of Florence Schust, it was an obvious choice for her to invite Eero to design for Knoll when she joined the company in the 1940s. He was the principal partner from 1950 until his death. Saarinen designed the Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York, together with his father, Eliel Saarinen. Besides his work in the architectural office Eero Saarinen held a teaching position at the Cranbrook Educational Community, a school of applied arts, which his father had designed architecturally. [22][23], Saarinen died on September 1, 1961, at the age of 51 while undergoing an operation for a brain tumor. Saarinen also met Florence Knoll (né Schust) at Cranbrook, who at that time was a promising young protégé of Eliel Saarinen. Though remotely located, Hvitträsk was a center for the artistic pursuits of Saarinen’s parents, Eliel and Loja—an architect and a textile artist, respectively—and their invited friends and collaborators. He encouraged Eero that architecture should encompass a "total environment" including landscapes, buildings, furniture, and décor. Eero Saarinen apprenticed in the Cranbrook architectural office in 1928 and 1929, and then left for sculpture studies in Paris. A Yale fellowship enabled him to travel to Europe. They im­mi­grated to the United States in 1923, when Eero was thirteen. The chair frame is solid birch, lacquered. A new version of Eero Saarinen’s seat for Knoll is redefining cosiness for a new generation. G:\266\Finding Aids\Saarinen Family Papers 4 Academy of Art, which Loja headed between 1932 and 1942. By Clare Sartin. From 1938 to 1950 Eero Saarinen worked in collaboration with his father Eliel Saarinen. Their office was at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, whose buildings Eliel Saarinen had designed. His father's firm was Saarinen, Swansen and Associates, headed by Eliel Saarinen and Robert Swansen from the late 1930s until Eliel's death in 1950. After his father's death in July 1950, Saarinen founded his own architect's office, Eero Saarinen and Associates. The seat is foam padded and upholstered with horsehair fabric. Eero Saarinen shared the same birthday as his father, Eliel Saarinen. Mina Marefat, PhD, AIA is a registered architect, urban designer, and an architectural historian practicing in Washington and teaching at Georgetown University. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) is pleased to announce Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation, curated by Mina Marefat, PhD, AIA on view November 23rd, 2013 through January 19th, 2014. Yet Eero Saarinen designed them both, at the same time, for adjacent spaces in the same building—the Kingswood School for Girls, part of the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The firm was located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, until 1961 when the practice was moved to Hamden, Connecticut. He was the second child of Eliel and Loja Saarinen. All of these designs were highly successful except for the Grasshopper lounge chair, which, although in production through 1965, was not a big success. Yet Eero Saarinen designed them both, at the same time, for adjacent spaces in the same building—the Kingswood School for Girls, part of the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Born to world famous parents, architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. Another thin-shell structure is Yale's Ingalls Rink, which has suspension cables connected to a single concrete backbone and is nicknamed "the whale". Eero Saarinen was the son of the celebrated Finnish architect and first President of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eliel Saarinen. It was at Cranbrook that Eero met Charles Eames and collaborated on a molded plywood chair design that won first prize in the Museum of Modern Art's Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition in 1940. After the success of Saarinen’s 70 series, which included the Womb Chair and Model 72, Hans Knoll was keen to get Saarinen designing an additional collection, based on the commercial success of the first. He was the second child of Eliel and Loja Saarinen. By Clare Sartin. In 1940 Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook. Saarinen studied there and took courses in sculpture and furniture design. Marefat holds a PhD in architectural history from MIT; Masters degrees in architecture and urban design from Tehran University and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Saarinen was recruited by Donal McLaughlin, an architectural school friend from his Yale days, to join the military service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Eero Saarinen was born on August 20, 1910, to Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and his second wife, Louise, on his father's 37th birthday. [3] He had a close relationship with fellow students Charles and Ray Eames, and became good friends with Florence Knoll (née Schust). His work still continues to influence the making of our living environments and the creative possibilities of engaging with it. [4] He then went on to study at the Yale School of Architecture, completing his studies in 1934. Eero Saarinen, born in 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland, as the son of the architect Eliel Saarinen, studied sculpture in 1929 and 1930 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before studying architecture at Yale University in New Haven until 1934. Saarinen took a sculptural approach to his furniture designs, building hundreds of models to achieve the perfect and most pleasing proportions. A schoolmate and great friend of Florence Schust, it was an obvious choice for her to invite Eero to design for Knoll when she joined the company in … After emigrating to the the USA at the age of thirteen, the young Eero learnt his trade at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts. The Fund for the Arts, and the Kentucky Arts Council. Born in Helsinki, he emigrated with his family to the United States in 1923. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, she invited Eero to design for the company. The fabric was designed by Eliel Saarinen and is manufactured … In 1928, Loja Saarinen established a weaving firm at Cranbrook, Studio Loja Saarinen, to provide quality fabrics and textiles for Cranbrook buildings and private commissions. Eero Saarinen, born in 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland, as the son of the architect Eliel Saarinen, studied sculpture in 1929 and 1930 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris before studying architecture at Yale University in New Haven until 1934. [24] He is buried at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, in Troy, Michigan. [11][10] These have all been either demolished or extensively remodeled. The Cranbrook Educational Community should become the central linchpin of his life, for there he became friends with the later also famous designer Charles Eames . Born to world famous parents, architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. Eero Saarinen, born in 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland, as the son of the architect Eliel Saarinen, studied sculpture in 1929 and 1930 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before studying architecture at Yale University in New Haven until 1934. Saarinen emigrated to the United States of America in 1923 at the age of thirteen. It was at Cranbrook that Eero … Saarinen studied there and took courses in sculpture and furniture design. Eero … He had a close relationship with fellow students Charles and Ray Eames, and became good friends with Florence Knoll (née Schust). From 1932 to 1948 Saarinen was president of Cranbrook Academy of Art and thereafter, until his death, head of the graduate department of architecture and city planning. He was also the father of famed architect Eero Saarinen. It also serves as a retrospective of Saarinen's architectural projects including sketches and drawings that have never before been exhibited together, physical and digital architectural models of his structures and several of his sculptural furniture pieces that encapsulate his legendary design aesthetic. "From sculptural design to architecture Eero Saarinen made iconic pieces that embody American ingenuity and progressive thinking, and all within a relatively short time frame. Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen (1910 - 1961) is recognized today as one of America's most influential architects of the 20th Century. Initially studied sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris (1929/30) and later architecture at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, graduating in 1934. Eero Saarinen was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer, known for his simple, yet robust designs. Saarinen emigrated to the United States of America in 1923 at the age of thirteen. Eero Saarinen, born in 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland, as the son of the architect Eliel Saarinen, studied sculpture in 1929 and 1930 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before studying architecture at Yale University in New Haven until 1934. He encouraged Eero that architecture should encompass a "total environment" including landscapes, buildings, furniture, and décor. Saarinen's interest in furniture design developed while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where his architect father, Eliel Saarinen, served as director and co-founder of the school. A Yale fellowship enabled him … Designed in the late 1920s and located at the heart of Cranbrook Academy of Art, from 1930 through 1950 Saarinen House served as the home and studio of the Finnish-American designer Eliel Saarinen—Cranbrook’s first resident architect and the Art Academy’s first president and head of the Architecture Department—and Loja Saarinen—the Academy’s first head of the Weaving … [26], The papers of Aline and Eero Saarinen, from 1906 to 1977,[27] were donated in 1973 to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (by Charles Alan, Aline Saarinen's brother and executor of her estate[28]). The Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen. CRANBROOK SIGHTING: SAARINEN HOUSE, CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART CAMPUS Dining Room, completed circa 1930; restored 1992 - 1994 Interior and furniture design by Eliel Saarinen Placemat designs by Eero Saarinen Textile designs by Loja … An educational booklet produced as a brief guide to the exhibition includes essential information that complements the exhibition. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, she invited Eero to design for the company. Eero Saarinen was born in Hvitträsk, Finland, and emigrated to the US in 1923. As principal of Design Research, an architectural/urban design and research/education firm she has consulted on urban revitalization, cultural projects and green design. The competition award was mistakenly sent to his father because both he and his father had entered the competition separately. KMAC is also supported in part by our members, The Fund for the Arts, and the Kentucky Arts Council. He was criticized in his own time—most vociferously by Yale's Vincent Scully—for having no identifiable style; one explanation for this is that Saarinen's vision was adapted to each individual client and project, which were never exactly the same. After the success of Saarinen’s 70 series, which included the Womb Chair and Model 72, Hans Knoll was keen to get Saarinen designing an additional collection, based on the commercial success of the first. The Boston Arts festival in 1953 gave him their Grand Architectural Award. [8] In the 1950s he began to receive more commissions from American universities for campus designs and individual buildings. Saarinen's interest in furniture design developed while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where his architect father, Eliel Saarinen, served as director and co-founder of the school. Born to world famous architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art Director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. The fluid lines and restrained elegance are typical of Saarinen’s work. Eero also worked with his father, mother and sister designing elements of the Cranbrook campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, including the Cranbrook School, Kingswood School, the Cranbrook Art Academy and the Cranbrook Science Institute. Saarinen was raised at his family’s villa, Hvitträsk, in Finland, and later at Cranbrook Academy, an educational enclave in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit. Al Shands and Bill and Lindy Street Galleries, Second Floor. [4], Saarinen began studies in sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France, in September 1929. This mini book is designed to look like an airline boarding pass in recognition of Saarinen's architectural contributions to air travel. [21], Saarinen married sculptor Lilian Swann in 1939, with whom he had two children, Eric and Susan. He … He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father taught and was dean of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and he … Photo by Betty Truxell, courtesy of Cranbrook ArchivesAugust 20th is a big occasion here at Cranbrook … Where Today Meets Tomorrow: Eero Saarinen and the General Motors Technical Center Completed in 1956 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2014, this icon of midcentury design was celebrated modern architect Eero Saarinen’s first major commission completed independent of his father, Eliel Saarinen, and its story offers a unique perspective on his work. 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He designed a group of buildings in Bloomfield Hills, including Cranbrook School for Boys (1925–30), Kingswood School for Girls (1929–30), the Institute for Science (1931–33), and the Academy of Art (1926–41). Eliel Saarinen designed this table and chair for the dining room of his Cranbrook home. 02/04/2020 The limited edition 'Womb' chair ‘Today, more than ever before, we need to relax,’ said Eero Saarinen in 1948 at the time of the ‘Womb’ chair’s launch – a sentiment that could just as easily be applied to … Born in Finland in 1910, his father was the well-known architect Eliel Saarinen. A Yale fellowship enabled him to travel to Europe. The first major work by Saarinen, in collaboration with his father, was the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, which follows the rationalist design Miesian style, incorporating steel and glass but with the addition of accent of panels in two shades of blue. They immigrated to the United States in 1923, when Eero was thirteen. Saarinen's Tulip Chairs and Womb Chair are still in production through Knoll Furniture. Born to world famous architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art Director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. This is a list of houses, commercial buildings, educational facilities, furniture designs, and other structures designed by architect Eero Saarinen.Many of Saarinen's early designs were in collaboration with his father Eliel Saarinen.. A Yale fellowship enabled him to travel to Europe. Initially studied sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris (1929/30) and later architecture at Yale University in … Modernist architect and designer Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) was born in Finland, and emigrated to the U.S. with his family at age 13. The exhibition toured in Europe and the United States from 2006 to 2010,[31] including a stint at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. He received the First Honor award of the American Institute of Architects twice, in 1955 and 1956, and their gold medal in 1962. [12][page needed] Scully also criticized him for designing buildings that were "packages", with "no connection with human use ... at once cruelly inhuman and trivial, as if they had been designed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff". Saarinen worked with his father, mother, and sister designing elements of the Cranbrook campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, including the Cranbrook School, Kingswood School, the Cranbrook Art Academy, and the Cranbrook Science Institute. Eero Saarinen was born in Finland in 1910 the son of Eliel Saarinen, a noted and respected architect. Born to world famous parents, architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. He had a close re­la­tion­ship with fel­low stu­dents Charles and Ray Eames, and be­came good friends with Flo­rence Knoll (née Schus… The Cranbrook Educational Community should become the central linchpin of his life, for there he became friends with the later also famous … He grew up within the community of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills MI where his father Eliel taught. All of the Saarinen and Eames chairs featured a three-dimensional bent plywood shell with foam rubber padding covered in fabric upholstery. Born in Finland in 1910, his father was the well-known architect Eliel Saarinen. Under the tutelage of his father, Eliel Saarinen, he learned principles of architecture, while his mother, Loja, gave Eero her love of sculpture. Further attention came also while Saarinen was still working for his father when he took first prize in the 1948 competition for the design of the Gateway Arch National Park (then known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) in St. Louis. 1910-1961 Born to world famous parents, architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. He worked for a time in … At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Knoll, who at that time was a promising young protégé of Eliel Saarinen. The memorial wasn't completed until the 1960s. In 1948, he won the first prize in the Jefferson National Monument competition. This is partly because the Roche and Dinkeloo office has donated its Saarinen archives to Yale University, but also because Saarinen's oeuvre can be said to fit in with present-day concerns about pluralism of styles. List of works Eero Saarinen was born on his father’s 37th birthday in Kirkkonummi, Finland. Included within the display is a model of historical landmark The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and information on the Midwestern Modernist architectural city of Columbus, Indiana where Eero and his father designed three of the six National Historic Landmarks, the Miller House, North Christian Church and First Christian Church. Eero Saarinen, born in 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland, the son of the architect Eliel Saarinen, studied sculpture in 1929 and 1930 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before studying architecture at Yale University in New Haven until 1934. 1954) Children: 2; including Eric Saarinen: Relatives: Edie Sedgwick (cousin) Lilian Louisa "Lily" Swann Saarinen (April 17, 1912 – May 22, 1995) was an American sculptor, artist, and writer. [10] Saarinen did build a few residential structures on the campus, including Ridgewood Quadrangle (1950), Sherman Student Center (1952) and Shapiro Dormitory at Hamilton Quadrangle (1952). [17] He was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1954. Despite the overall rational design philosophy, the interiors usually contained dramatic sweeping staircases as well as furniture designed by Saarinen, such as the Pedestal series. He encouraged Eero that architecture should encompass a "total environment" including landscapes, buildings, furniture, and décor. The seat is foam padded and upholstered with horsehair fabric. The GM Technical Center was constructed in 1956, with Saarinen using models, which allowed him to share his ideas with others and gather input from other professionals. One of Saarinen's earliest works to receive international acclaim is the Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois (1940). [33], In 2016 Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, a film about Saarinen (co-produced by his son Eric), premiered on the PBS American Masters series. Eero Saarinen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈeːro ˈsɑːrinen]) (August 20, 1910 – September 1, 1961) was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer noted for his neo-futuristic style. The marriage ended in divorce in 1954. Brook and Pam Smith. [12][page needed], Eero Saarinen was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1952. Simon 30/06/2020 Mid Century Design. [5][1] Subsequently, he toured Europe for two years and returned to the United States in 1936 to work in his father's architectural practice. A new version of Eero Saarinen’s seat for Knoll is redefining cosiness for a new generation. [10] Saarinen's plan A Foundation for Learning: Planning the Campus of Brandeis University (1949; second edition 1951), developed with Matthew Nowicki, called for a central academic complex surrounded by residential quadrangles along a peripheral road. Fortunately, many of his greatest constructions are within a 5 hour drive from Louisville. KMAC is also supported in part by our members. [18] In 1962, he was posthumously awarded a gold medal by the American Institute of Architects. His mother, Loja Saarinen, was a gifted weaver, photographer, sculptor and architectural model maker. In 1949–50, Saarinen was hired by the then-new Brandeis University to create a master plan for the campus. Saarinen first received critical recognition while still working for his father, for a chair designed together with Charles Eames for the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition in 1940, for which they received first prize. Cranbrook’s Side Chair, with its original upholstery, demonstrates the technological achievement of bent plywood, producing a chair both lightweight and attractive. It came as no surprise that Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his teens. By the time he was in his teens, Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus. Saarinen's interest in furniture design developed while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where his architect father, Eliel Saarinen, served as director and co-founder of the school. Eero Saarinen was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer, known for his simple, yet robust designs. CRANBROOK SIGHTING: SAARINEN HOUSE, CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART CAMPUS Dining Room, completed circa 1930; restored 1992 - 1994 Interior and furniture design by Eliel Saarinen Placemat designs by Eero Saarinen Textile designs by Loja Saarinen and Greta SkogsterEliel and Eero Saarinen, 1941. His Pedestal Table, Tulip Chairs, Womb Chair and Executive Seating have all become easily recognizable icons of American modernism. Eero Saarinen Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was incredibly influential in shaping the postwar American modern design movement. They are available for purchase in the KMAC Shop. Eero Saarinen shared the same birthday as his father, Eliel Saarinen. [29], The Eero Saarinen collection at the Canadian Centre for Architecture documents eight built projects, including the old Athens airport in Greece, the former US Embassy Chanceries in Oslo, Norway and London, England, corporate projects for John Deere, CBS, and IBM, and the North Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana. This exhibition will inspire our artists, architects, designers, city planners, students and visitors alike," says Aldy Milliken, Executive Director and Chief Curator of KMAC. 02/04/2020 The limited edition 'Womb' chair ‘Today, more than ever before, we need to relax,’ said Eero Saarinen in 1948 at the time of the ‘Womb’ chair’s launch – a sentiment that could just as easily be applied to today. Saarinen went on to design many of Knoll's most recognizable pieces, including the Tulip chairs and tables, the Womb chair, and … The Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen. Eero Saarinen was born on August 20, 1910, to Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and his second wife, Louise, on his father's 37th birthday. Born in Finland Eero Saarinen was the son of architect Eliel Saarinen, one of the founders of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (/ ˈ s ɑːr ɪ n ə n /, Finnish: [ˈeliel ˈsɑːrinen]; August 20, 1873 – July 1, 1950) was a Finnish-American architect known for his work with art nouveau buildings in the early years of the 20th century. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father was a teacher at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Eliel Saarinen designed this table and chair for the dining room of his Cranbrook home. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father was a teacher at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Besides his work in the architectural office Eero Saarinen held a teaching position at the Cranbrook Educational Community, a school of applied arts, which his father had designed architecturally. He took courses in sculpture and furniture design there. It came as no surprise that Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his teens. The exhibition provides a full biography of Saarinen's life from his childhood in Finland to his life in America including a little known chapter of Saarinen's secret professional life when he served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the CIA during World War II. Saarinen house Saarinen House is Eliel Saarinen’s Art Deco masterwork and the jewel of Cranbrook's architectural treasures. He was also the father of famed architect Eero Saarinen. Eero Saarinen (/ˈeɪroʊ ˈsɑːrɪnən, ˈɛəroʊ -/, Finnish: [ˈeːro ˈsɑːrinen]; August 20, 1910 – September 1, 1961) was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer noted for his wide ranging array of designs for buildings and monuments. Saarinen served on the jury for the Sydney Opera House commission in 1957 and was crucial in the selection of the now internationally known design by Jørn Utzon. As with his sister, Pipsan, Eero found himself working in his father’s studio early on. Where Today Meets Tomorrow: Eero Saarinen and the General Motors Technical Center Completed in 1956 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2014, this icon of midcentury design was celebrated modern architect Eero Saarinen’s first major commission completed independent of his father, Eliel Saarinen, and its … Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen History. Saarinen went on to design many of Knoll's most recognizable pieces, including the Tulip chairs and tables, the Womb chair, and … [1][2] He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father taught and was dean of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and he took courses in sculpture and furniture design there. [19], In 1940, he received two first prizes together with Charles Eames in the furniture design competition of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Saarinen was born into the design world, with his father Eliel working as the Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his mother Loja a world-famous textile designer, but Eero is best known today for his neo-futuristic style and working closely with Knoll, which still exclusively produces his pieces. It came as no surprise that Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his … [34], University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, "Experts Pick Best-Designed Products of Modern Times", "What's Old Is New Again: TWA Hotel Opens At JFK Airport", "Revealed: Eero Saarinen's Secret Wartime Role in the White House", "The LOC.GOV Wise Guide : An Architecture of Plurality", "Saarinen, Aline B. Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (/ ˈ s ɑːr ɪ n ə n /, Finnish: [ˈeliel ˈsɑːrinen]; August 20, 1873 – July 1, 1950) was a Finnish-American architect known for his work with art nouveau buildings in the early years of the 20th century. He first settled in Evanston, Illinois and in 1924 became a visiting professor at the University of Michigan. He had a fascination for geometry and peppered the adults with questions as he made models and drawings. From 1932 to 1948 Saarinen was president of Cranbrook Academy of Art and thereafter, until his death, head of the graduate department of architecture and city planning. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father taught and was dean of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and he took courses in sculpture and furniture design there. A Yale fellowship enabled him to travel to Europe. The Tulip chair, like all other Saarinen chairs, was taken into production by the Knoll furniture company, founded by Hans Knoll, who married Saarinen family friend Florence (Schust) Knoll. Saarinen was born into the design world, with his father Eliel working as the Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his mother Loja a world-famous textile designer, but Eero is best known today for his neo-futuristic style and working closely with Knoll, which still exclusively produces his pieces. He was the son of noted Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. The chair frame is solid birch, lacquered. The fabric was designed by Eliel Saarinen and is manufactured by John Boyd Ltd., in Great Britain. Eero Saarinen was the son of the celebrated Finnish architect and first President of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eliel Saarinen. Eero Saarinen was born in Hvitträsk, Finland, and emigrated to the US in 1923. The fluid lines and restrained elegance are typical of Saarinen’s work. Eero Saarinen, born in 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland, as the son of the architect Eliel Saarinen, studied sculpture in 1929 and 1930 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before studying architecture at Yale University in New Haven … Eero Saarinen. The family moved to the United States in 1923. [1][2] They immigrated to the United States in 1923, when Eero was thirteen. He also designed the Embassy of the United States in London, which opened in 1960, and the Embassy of the United States in Oslo. Born in Helsinki, he emigrated with his family to the United States in 1923. He grew up in Bloom­field Hills, Michi­gan, where his fa­ther taught and was dean of the Cran­brook Acad­emy of Art, and he took courses in sculp­ture and fur­ni­ture de­sign there. Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen History. Eero Saarinen Exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum. [16] Saarinen worked full-time for the OSS until 1944. 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