Eero Saarinen was born in Finland in 1910 to an already established architect father, Eliel Saarinen. The family moved to the U.S. in 1929. Saarinen studied at Yale, and in 1936, he began working at his father’s architecture practice and also taught at Cranbrook, where his father had been president since it was founded in 1932. At Cranbrook, he met Charles Eames and the two collaborated on new furniture forms (specifically molded plywood). In the 1940s, Saarinen and Eames took part in the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” at MoMA. Unlike Eames, Saarinen decided to focus mainly on architecture more so than furniture, designing the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA terminal at JFK Airport, and Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. He was posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 1962.
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