By the time of his death in 1961, Eero
Saarinen had become one of the most prolific
architects of the 20th century, leaving a dramatic
mark on America's post-war landscape.
Finnish-born Saarinen emigrated to the United
States in 1923, where he later studied architecture
at Yale University. Heralded as one of
the most successful architects of the era,
Saarinen is responsible for some of the country's
most iconic landmarks, including St.
Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA terminal of New
York's John F. Kennedy Airport and General
Motor's technical centre in Michigan. Saarinen
displayed immense talent, not only as a lone
creator, but as a willing proponent of architectural,
industrial and technical collaborations,
such as his work with Charles Eames, with
whom he created the award-winning Organic
Chair in 1940, one of the most inspiring pieces
of 20th-century design. As the architect once
famously said, "Always design a thing by considering
its larger context a chair in a room,
a room in a house, a house in an environment,
an environment in a city plan."

Kunsthalle Helsinki
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Through to December 6, 2006
Nervanderinkatu 3,
00100 Helsinki
T: +358 (0)9 454 2060