Native of a famous Finnish architect family, Eero Saarinen first learned sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before studying architecture at Yale School of Art and Architecture. Saarinen worked after his studies with great success in the architectural firm of his father and won, as a young architect, the competition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis. The landmark of the US metropolis was still not completed until after his early death.
In addition, he received a teaching position at the Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills. Here he met Charles Eames know and experimented with him on new furniture forms. So the first designs for furniture made from molded plywood emerged. 1940 the two participated in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and
subsequently Eero Saarinen designed numerous iconic furniture pieces, in particular for Knoll International.
As an architectural masterpiece applies Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal of J.F. Kennedy Airport in New York. In Washington he built until his death in 1961 at the Dulles International Airport.
As furniture designer with world renown Saarinen passed through with his first one-legged chair named Tulip Chair. Reminiscent of the shape of the same flower, the design corresponds to the typical expressionist style ofSaarinen who continued with his designs to the design ideas of the architect Erich Mendelsohn. In the Tulip Chair design series lined up more models, as for example tables.