Published by Taschen, Saarinen covers the career of the Finnish-American architect and designer Eero Saarinen (1910–1961). Saarinen became famous for his visionary style that played with the contrasts of strong silhouettes and modernist lightness. Some of his most celebrated works are Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport, TWA terminal at JFK Airport in New York and Gateway Arch of St. Louis. The book was written by Pierluigi Serraino, an architect from the San Francisco Bay Area, and it is part of Taschen’s Basic Architecture series that presents life and work of internationally renowned architects with approximately 120 photographs, sketches and drafts. Editor of the collection is the German art historian Peter Gössel.
From the ubiquitous Knoll “Tulip” chairs and tables to the TWA terminal at JFK Airport in New York, Eero Saarinen was one of the 20th century’s most prominent space shapers, merging dynamic forms with a modernist sensibility across art and architecture. With rich illustration tracing his life and career, this introduction follows Saarinen from his studies across his training all the way to his most prestigious projects, and explores how each of his designs brought a new dimension to the modernist landscape.