August 10, 2016 will mark the 106th birthday of Finnish American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen. Saarinen is a towering figure in the neo-modernistic style of design and has been recognized not just by his hometown of Kirkkonummi, Finland but by the world over for his contribution to popular culture and design. Items he created like the Saarinen table are recognized for being unique and functional examples of a mind that never stopped creating masterpieces. It is for this reason that there are so many museums and exhibits designed to honor him. Here are just a few of the more famous tributes to this master.
Saarinen House and Garden: This is the restored home of Finnish-American designers Eliel and Loja Saarinen parents of Eero Saarinen. Public tours are scheduled May 1 – October 30th 2016 and reservations can be made from the front desk of the Cranbrook Art Museum. The number for tickets is 248-645-3320.
The Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA): A collection of sketches and studies by Eero Saarinen are preserved here.
The Milwaukee Art Museum and War Memorial Center: Saarinen designed the Memorial Center after his father Eliel Saarinen died. The building Eero Saarinen designed was later deemed by Time magazine as “one of the country’s finest examples of modern architecture put to work to civic purposes.”
St. Louis Gateway Arch: The Gateway Arch, designed by Saarinen, has a permanent exhibit about his work on the monument. Included in a daily tour of the Arch is a movie about the monument’s construction.
Of course, Bauhaus2Your House has many of the works of Saarinen for sale on our site including his world famous Tulip chair, Saarinen table, his womb Ottoman, lounge chair and coffee table.