“Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation” Opens Tomorrow in LA

Dulles International Airport © Design Research & Balthazar Korab

Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) is recognized today as one of America’s most influential architects of the 20th Century. The exhibition Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation, opening tomorrow at the  Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, will highlight his short but brilliant career bookended with two iconic buildings: the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art which was to be Washington, DC’s first museum of modern art and Dulles International Airport which was designed as the nation’s first jet airport.

Working on the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art © Design Research, Smithsonian Institution Archives

He built numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public and private buildings along with such recognizable icons as the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the TWA terminal at JFK. The exhibition will present his contribution to Case Study houses and shed light on his influence on design in mid-Century America.

OSS (Office of Strategic Services) © Mina Marefat, Saarinen photo, Yale University Archives

The exhibition at A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles is unique in shedding light on the little known chapter of Eero Saarinen’s secret professional life during the WWII when he served in the OSS, the precursor of the CIA. His wartime experience influenced and helped Eero Saarinen establish himself as one of the most creative designers with products that broke technological and aesthetic boundaries including the Tulip chair and the Womb chair, both still in production by Knoll.

Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation promotes the rediscovery of the man, his deep connections to Finland, his American idealism, his passion for design, and his still very valid principles which he promoted throughout his life and career.

© Design Research & Knoll

Exhibition: Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation
Location: A+D Architecture and Design Museum; Los Angeles, CA
Opening: Friday, October 5th from 6-9pm
Closing: January 3rd, 2013

Curated by: Mina Marefat, PhD
Presented by: ASSA ABLOY and Matt Construction

Text provided by A+D Architecture and Design Museum.

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