Eero Saarinen


Euro 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 he studied sculpture at Yale University, graduating in 1934. He received a scho-larspih there which enabled him to travel to Europe (1934-1935). On his return, he took up a teaching position 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 architect stu-dio until Eliel’s death in 1950. His greatest architec-tural project was the famous TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 

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