Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen

by Antonio Roman
     
 

Eero Saarinen was one of the great masters of American twentieth-century architecture, and the only whose career and work has not been documented in a comprehensive monograph-until now. Saarinen's buildings are famous worldwide: the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA terminal in JFK Airport, Dulles Airport, outside Washington D.C., the CBS Building in New York,

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Eero Saarinen was one of the great masters of American twentieth-century architecture, and the only whose career and work has not been documented in a comprehensive monograph-until now. Saarinen's buildings are famous worldwide: the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA terminal in JFK Airport, Dulles Airport, outside Washington D.C., the CBS Building in New York, the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan, the US Embassy in London, and many other landmarks. Equally celebrated are his furniture designs, including the Tulip Table and Womb Chair. While Saarinen's exuberant, even expressionistic, forms were lightning rods for many critics, his unique personal style is now much admired, making him a key figure for many designers practicing today.Saarinen's was a career of innovation. His airport terminals combined the poetry of sculpture with daring structural feats and raganizational genius; his pioneering industrial complexes for GM, IBM, and Bell Labs brought rational modernism to corporate America; and his furniture and residential buildings conveyed an optimistic, humane vision for the future. This lavishly illustrated monograph spans Saarinen's entire career, including his drawings, models, most important built works, and furniture. Eero Saarinen is a must-

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Underappreciated second-generation modernist architect Eero Saarinen (son of the celebrated Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen) takes his star turn in this well-illustrated, large format career retrospective, with intelligent, fluid commentary by architect-historian Roman. Although never distinguishing himself with a signature style, Saarinen executed some of our most memorable mid-century commissions: Dulles Airport, the TWA Terminal at JFK and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis among them. His work, according to Roman, offers an interesting case study precisely for its lack of focus. As Roman's late colleague Ignasi de Sola-Morales writes in the foreword, Roman seeks to "explore the architectural mechanisms by which an architect can produce a valuable body of work, despite its apparent lack of unity." Through copious photographs, diagrams and well-turned writing, Roman paints Saarinen as a poster child for a pluralistic architectural practice, and extols his holistic, if sometimes mercurial, attitude regarding the built environment in general. Saarinen believed his buildings should seek to physically express their intended uses: "Conveying significant meaning is part of the inspirational purpose of architecture and, therefore, for me, it is a fundamental principle of our art," he once wrote. Among Saarinen's associates, the author suggests, including such names as Cesar Pelli, Robert Venturi, and Gunnar Birkerts, Saarinen became "something of a prophetic figure for the way his buildings evolved from an expanding, project-based vocabulary rather than from some modern functionalist ideal." Posthumously granted the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 1962, Saarinen was a master who well deserves a tribute such as this. 60 color and 100 b&w illustrations. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The St. Louis Arch, the CBS building in New York City, Washington, DC's, Dulles Airport, and the TWA Terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport are among the 30 architectural works Eero Saarinen produced during his short, independent career in the 1950s. Historian and practicing architect Roman based this work on interviews and archival research done for his doctoral dissertation. Each chapter explores one or two of the Finnish-born architect's works, including his furniture designs, while describing the historical context in which he was working. The text is filled with crisp, beautiful black-and-white photographs of interiors and exteriors as well as images of models and architectural drawings. The photographs are especially striking, as they were taken at or near the time of each structure's completion, documenting its clean, striking presence. This is the most complete title available on this architect and as such is recommended for large public libraries, research libraries, and libraries with strong architecture and furniture design collections.-Valerie Nye, New Mexico State Lib., Santa Fe Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568983400
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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