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Happy Birthday to Eero Saarinen

20 Aug

Eero Saarinan’s Womb Chair on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. 1959. The Womb Chair was designed by Eero in 1946 for Knoll.

Eero Saarinen was one of the most prolific, unorthodox, and controversial masters of 20th-century architecture. Although his career was cut short by death at age 51 in 1961, Eero Saarinen was one of the most celebrated architects of his time, both at home and abroad.

In the postwar decades of what has been called “the American Century,” Saarinen helped create the international image of the United States with his designs for some of the most potent symbolic expressions of American identity. Saarinen is best known for his post-war masterpieces including the 630-foot tall stainless steel St. Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, numerous university campus plans and the General Motors Technology.

The TWA terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Project Years 1956-1962.

The MIT Chapel. Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Project Year: 1955. Stain Glass Detail

The MIT Chapel. Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Project Year: 1955. Wall Detail

General Motors Technical Center located in Warren, Michigan. Project Years: 1948-56. Staircase Detail.

General Motors Technical Center located in Warren, Michigan. Project Years: 1948-56. Detail of Building Exterior

The St. Louis Arch. Located in St. Louis, Missouri. Designed in 1947. Project Years: 1963-1965. The St. Louis Arch is 630 feet high. If you need a comparison the Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet tall.

Eero Saarinan himself relaxing in a Grasshopper Chair of his own design. Designed in 1946 the Grasshopper Chair was the first chair design that Eero did for Knoll.

(Via Modernica)

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5 Responses to “Happy Birthday to Eero Saarinen”

  1. Crystal in Texas August 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Classy girl!

  2. Peter August 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    So a total, word for word, repost of Modernica’s blog! I though bloggers were supposed to add some original thoughts?

    • Brandy@midcenturymodernlove.com August 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      Hi Peter,
      Yes and attributed to Modernica, as well. Often times I do add my own commentary, but my over-arching goal is to share with readers information I believe they would find interesting and valuable. It’s fairly common for bloggers to do that, especially when people look to them to curate the information on the web. The best at this is the Huffington Post, which will often pick up posts in full and re-post them. Apologies if I disappointed you. Hope you find the original content interesting enough to continue reading.
      Best,
      Brandy

  3. Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel August 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I love the rail and the brick in the MIT chapel. What an interesting combination of materials. And the Sat. Evening Post cover. I have not noticed previously the chair in this famous picture. Thanks for the post!

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