1910 - 1961


In particular, he's known for delivering proposals that are unique to each design or architectural project, but always accurate and original. He is particularly well known to the general public for having designed the tulip chair and the tulip table, a best-seller in 50s design furniture.


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 enabled him to travel in Europe for a few years. In 1937, he taught at Cranbrrok University - where his father Eliel Saarinen was already President - together with Charles Eames, with whom he designed a series of designer furniture for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Subsequently, he produced numerous pieces of designer furniture (chair, table, armchair, etc.) for the manufacturer Knoll International, which have remained as classic icons of 20th-century design.

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