Eero Saarinen – American Futurist architect and Modernist Industrial Designer

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Discover | One Comment
Eero Saarinen – American Futurist architect and Modernist Industrial Designer

Eero Saarinen was one of the most famous American Futurist architects and Modernist industrial designers of the last century. He was born in Finland.

The Saarinen family moved to Michigan when Eero was thirteen years old. His father ran an industrial design firm and taught at an art academy, where Saarinen would later take classes. Saarinen studied sculpture and then went to work for his father’s firm. There, he began designing furniture. Check out the images below to see a few of Saarinen’s most favored designs, including the prizewinning chair that he designed in collaboration with Charles Eames.

Image: Womb Chair, Tulip Chair, Eames-Saarinen Chair

  • Womb Chair
  • Tulip Chair
  • Eames Saarinen Chair

[Photo credit: Skandium, The Red List, Vitra Design Museum]

Saarinen began designing buildings, and soon developed a signature style that was futuristic, clean and aerodynamic. It suited the Modernist era to a tee, as it seemed to transmit its preoccupation with progress and ambition.

Image: Dulles Airport, Gateway Arch

  • Dulles Airport
  • Gateway Arch

[Photo credit: Flyers Chat, InterestingAmerica]

This was the golden age of the aviation industry, and the dynamism and sense of flight in Saarinen’s futuristic architectural vision lent itself very well to projects related to aviation. In these photos you can see one of his most iconic designs, at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.

Image: TWA Terminal Exterior, TWA Terminal Interior, TWA Terminal Exterior 1]

  • TWA Terminal Exterior
  • TWA Terminal Interior
  • TWA Terminal Exterior 1

[Photo credit: A/N Blog, New York Architecture, Structurae]

In the video you can view some rare archive footage about this legendary american futurist architect and industrial designer. There are three clips altogether, make sure to click through and watch them all!

Video: Eero Saarinen Early Videos

[Video credit: ricArchitect]

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