mid-century in this century:

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Eero Saarinen

I am completely captivated by everything Eero Saarinen. Having partnered with Ray and Charles Eames, as well as Florence Knoll (of Knoll furniture), the Saarinen name has become synonymous with the best of the mid-century classics.  The beauty in Saarinen design & architecture is in it’s simplicity and most importantly it’s timelessness- not only in looks but also in function.

Here are a few of my Saarinen favorites!

Saarinen’s TWA terminal at New York’s Idlewild airport (now JFK) captures the exciting dynamism and sleek elegance of the jet age- the design suggesting flight itself.

Pictured here, are the the Saarinen dining Pedestal Table as well as his Tulip Chairs . Who would’ve thought that something so modern could work so well when paired with gilded wallpaper, an antique sconce, and a french oil painting? Mixing mid-century (and especially Saarinen mid-century) with antiques from different eras is one of my favorite ways to create a classic eclectic look!

Saarinen’s Womb Chair (1948); I would do anything to curl up inside this chair on a rainy day with a good book! Made from upholstered molded plywood, the womb chair is equally as comfortable as it is beautiful to look at.

Still curious about Eero Saarinen? Check out this article written by Knoll expert, Brian Lutz.


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