Design from Finland
The Finnish architect and designer Eero Saarinen was born in Kirkkonummi in 1910 and died at the age of 51 after a brain tumor operation. During his lifetime, he became one of the most famous architects of the 20th century and was famous for his sweeping cantilevered roof structures. He won several competitions and prizes, which gave him worldwide success.
His design was initially strictly cubic, as known by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Over the years these forms became more expressive and recall Erich Mendelsohn's sketches. One of his most famous works is the so-called "Tulip Chair" (tulip chair) from 1948, which resembles a red tulip in its appearance.
The short life of the architect
After Eero Saarinen spent his first childhood years in Finland, he emigrated to the USA in 1923 with his parents. His father was already well-known as an architect. In 1929 Saarinen decided to study in the field of sculpture, which he undertook at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. From 1930 to 1934 he studied at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. With Charles Eames as a partner, Eero participated in a competition, which was carried out by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1940, and submitted several designs, including the Organic Chair. Many of them won prizes in different categories. In 1941 he became a partner in the office of his father, in which he had already worked the years before. Saarinen received one of his first recognitions through the 1948 competition. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial for St. Louis was a huge arc, the "Gateway Arche", but was completed by his employees after his death. In 1950, he opened his own architecture office in Michigan and four years later he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. One of his last designs was the Milwaukee Art Museum.
The manufacturer Knoll has taken over the manufacture and sale of the known side table, which you can find in our shop. Even if the life of a designer and architect such as Eero Saarinen ended too early, his works remain timeless.