1910 - 1961

Eero Saarinen

He is particularly known for having delivered unique proposals for each design or architectural project, but always accurate and original. He is particularly known to the general public for having designed the tulip chair and the tulip table, a best-seller of design furniture in the 1950s.


Eero Saarinen was born in 1910 in Kirkkonumi, Finland. His parents emigrated to the United States in 1923, to Detroit, Michigan. In 1929, he went to Paris to study sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He returned to the United States in 1931 to study Architecture at Yale University. He graduated in 1934, and received a scholarship that allowed him to travel to Europe for a few years. In 1937, he taught at the University of Cranbrrok - where his father Eliel Saarinen was already President - along with Charles Eames, with whom he designed a series of furniture for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Later, he produced numerous pieces of design furniture (chair, table, armchair, etc.) for the manufacturer Knoll International, which have remained as classic icons of 20th century design.

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