One of the most celebrated, prolific, and unorthodox architects and designers of the twentieth century, Eero Saarinen has become a beacon of American modernism. While famous for his sculptural and bold architecture, such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and the TWA Terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, 'Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman' is the first monograph to focus exclusively on his furniture designs. A self-declared "form-giver," his furniture, like his architecture, seemless and organic in shape and executed flawlesssly, is characterised by its sleek and expressive forms. Taken into production by the furniture company Knoll, which was co-owned by Florence Knoll who Saarinen became close with during his time studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, his designs were trend-setting and revolutionary. As many of them continue to be produced today, such as the well-known and loved Womb and Tulip chairs and his Pedestal Collection, they are ubiquitous.
Featuring rare and never-before-seen archival photographs that span Saarinen's technical work to his personal life, a preface by Florence Knoll, and a piece by designer and Saarinen protege Niels Diffrient, 'Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman' is the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the furniture designs and legacy of the modern master.
Contents: Preface, by Florence Schust Knoll Bassett What I Learned from Eero Saarinen, by Niels Diffrient A Life in Design CH I - In the Beginning CH II - European Influences CH III - Creating an American Modernism CH IV - The Organic Design Competition CH V - Florence Schust Knoll CH VI - The Grasshopper Chair CH VII - The Womb Chair CH VIII - The Model 70s Series CH IX - The Pedestal Collection CH X - Making Spaces Modern CH XI - The Legacy