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Eero Saarinen

A well respected American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century, Eero Saarinen, Born August 20, 1910, was famous for shaping his neo-futuristic style according to what the project demands, or calls for. Eero believes in providing what is required and needed for his "current" project. He believes in simplicity, explicitly lucid structural curves, and employs machine-like rationalism.

Eero studied sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France, and continued his higher learning at the Yale School of Architecture, completing his studies in 1934. After becoming a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1940, Eero joined the military service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). He was assigned to provide illustrations for bomb disassembly manuals. Furthermore, Eero provided designs for the Situation Room in the White House. Saarinen worked full-time for the OSS until 1944.

Saarinen designed a chair, together with Charles Eames, and this was for the "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition in 1940. For this piece of art, Eero and Eames received first prize. Another award winning piece is Eero's Tulip Chair, which was produced by the Knoll Furniture. Needless to say, he basically designed furniture with organic architecture. By the end of the 1950's, and shortly after his father's death, Eero founded the Eero Saarinen and Associates.

Eero Saarinen died of a brain tumor in 1961 at the age of 51.