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Eero Saarinen

Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer best known for his Neo-futuristic style. The son of prominent architect Eliel Saarinen, Eero’s family immigrated to the United States when he was 13. Eero Saarinen grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he studied at The Cranbrook Academy of Art alongside fellow students Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll. Saarinen first received critical recognition in 1940 for his now-iconic Tulip chair—the modernist, fiberglass side chair he designed with Charles Eames. Most of Saarinen’s furniture designs were produced by Knoll furniture company, including the legendary Womb lounge chair and his entire Tulip series, which features lounge chairs, coffee tables, dining tables, and more. Today, Saarinen is considered one of the greatest American architects of the 20th century and a pioneering force in Neo-futuristic furniture design.