Knoll InternationalDining table (1957), Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen (1910–1961), son of influential architect and head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art Eliel Saarinen, was a famous architect and industrial designer known for his neofuturistic style. Saarinen attended Cranbrook himself and became friends with Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll, who put Saarinen’s designs into production.
Eero Saarinen wanted to tackle the problem of legs under chairs and tables with four legs. He found them too crowded. Originally trained as a sculptor, Saarinen refined his designs through full scale models, endlessly modifying the shape with clay.
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