Designer: Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen is an American designer of Finnish origin. He has designed many successful pieces of furniture for Knoll, and is one of the most prolific designers of the 20th century.
He is best known for delivering unique proposals for each design or architectural project, but always right and original. He is particularly well known to the general public for having designed the tulip chair, the tulip table and the conference chair, which were best-sellers in 1950s design furniture. He also designed the Grasshopper chair (1946) and the Womb chair (1948).
Eero Saarinen was born in 1910 in Kirkkonumi, Finland. His parents emigrated to the United States in 1923, to Detroit, Michigan. In 1929, he went to Paris to study sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He returned to the United States in 1931 to study Architecture at Yale University. He graduated in 1934, and received a scholarship that allowed him to travel to Europe for a few years. In 1937, he taught at the University of Cranbrrok – where his father Eliel Saarinen was already President – together with Charles Eames, with whom he designed a series of furniture for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). He subsequently produced numerous pieces of design furniture (chair, table, armchair, etc.) for the manufacturer Knoll International, which have remained as classic icons of 20th century design.