Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation

Eero Saarinen
Photo courtesy A+D museum Eero Saarinen

Influential architect Eero Saarinen had a short, yet iconic, career that was launched by a Smithsonian Gallery of Art competition in 1939. Although best known for his modernist designs, the Finland-born Saarinen lived a secret professional life, working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). This exhibit looks at the architect's private career as a creative product designer for the OSS, where he designed the iconic tulip and womb chairs.  


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