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Eero Saarinen

Finnish, 1910-1961

Through his work as an architect and designer, Eero Saarinen was a prime mover in the introduction of modernism into the American mainstream. Particularly affecting were the organic, curvilinear forms seen in Saarinen’s furniture and his best-known structures: the gull-winged TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy airport in New York (opened 1962), Dulles International Airport in Virginia (1962) and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965).

Saarinen had a peerless modernist pedigree. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was an eminent Finnish architect who in 1932 became the first head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit. The school became synonymous with progressive design and decorative arts in the United States, and while studying there the younger Saarinen met and befriended several luminaries of mid-century modernism, among them Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames.

At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Schust Knoll, who, as director of her husband Hans Knoll's eponymous furniture company, would put Saarinen’s best designs into production. These include the Grasshopper chair, designed in 1946 and so named because its angled bentwood frame resembles the insect; the Tulip chair (1956), a flower-shaped fiberglass shell mounted on a cast-aluminum pedestal; and the lushly contoured Womb lounge chair and ottoman (1948). In his furniture as in his architecture, the keynotes of Eero Saarinen’s designs are simplicity, strength and grace.

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Saarinen Pedestal Table
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Executive Arm Chair
Executive Arm Chair
Womb Chair
Womb Chair
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Eero Saarinen & Knoll,"Tulip" 6 Tulip Chairs
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) & Knoll International Suite of 6 Tulip model chairs White lacquered fiberglass shell, swivel base in cast aluminum covered with white Rilsan. Orange r...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Eero Saarinen

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Fiberglass

Knoll Associates Tulip Saarinen Stool Original Mustard Leather Upholstery, 1950
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern early Knoll Associates Tulip Eero Saarinen stool designed in the 1950s. Painted aluminum tulip stand in a cream finish and upholstered in original dark Mustard co...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Aluminum

Lilac Organic Chairs by Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen
By Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen
Located in Dronten, NL
For the "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition held by the Museum of Modern Art, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen created an entire series of versions of the organic chair, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen

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Wool, Ash

St. Louis Gateway Arch Stainless Steel Sculpture designed by Eero Saarinen
By Eero Saarinen
Located in St. Louis, MO
New old stock stainless steel miniature model or sculpture of the St. Louis Arch on walnut base. These models are based on the St. Louis Gateway Arch designed by Eero Saarinen that w...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Saarinen for Knoll Executive Chairs for IBM
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in New York, NY
Slick pair of Knoll Executive chairs, designed by Saarinen. The chairs have steel legs, and brown tweed upholstery, both are in fine, clean condition, supple, cushy and ready to use....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen

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Steel

Saarinen Executive Armchair in Fog Luxe Suede, Swivel Base
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
We have been restoring Saarinen executive chairs for years in every fabric one can imagine, right in our very own workroom. We’ve restored these chairs using a soft yet durable Luxe ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen

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Metal

Eero Saarinen Vintage Mid Century Executive Chair with Wooden Legs Knoll
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Vintage Saarinen executive chair in as found condition. Frame is excellent, legs are excellent, foam and fabric need instant attention. A great chair to use and put your own fabric o...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eero Saarinen

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Walnut

Midcentury Saarinen Executive Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Midcentury Saarinen executive chairs in black leather. All with adjustable manual height and tilt positions. This iconic design has been a favorite in both the home and corporate set...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen

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Metal

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