Eero Saarinen was the son of the famous Finnish architect and first President of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eliel Saarinen. Born in Helsinki, he emigrated with his family to the USA in 1923.
Initially studied sculpture at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris (1929/30) and later architecture at Yale University in Connecticut, USA. He received a scholarship there which enabled him to travel to Europe (1934/35). When he returned, he was teacher at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1937, he began a collaboration with Charles Eames which culminated in a series of highly progressive and prize-winning furniture designs for The Museum of Modern Artīs 1940 "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition. He later produced several highly successful furniture designs for Knoll International. He worked in his fatherīs architectural office until Elielīs death in 1950. His greatest architectural project was the remarkable TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York.
The Tulip pedestral series made him famous, and today this chairs and tables are one of the most desirable collector's items.