Eero Saarinen (1910-1961)was born to Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and his second wife. They immigrated to the United States in 1923, when Eero was thirteen. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where his father taught and was dean of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and he took courses in sculpture and furniture design there. He had a close relationship with fellow students Charles and Ray Eames, and became good friends with Florence Knoll.
Saarinen began studies in sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France, in September 1929. He then went on to study at the Yale School of Architecture, completing his studies in 1934. Subsequently, he toured Europe and North Africa for a year and returned for a year to his native Finland.
Following his education, Saarinen began work for his father at his firm Saarinen, Swansen and Associates. Eero first received critical acclaim while working for his father on the Organic Design in Home Furnishings project with Charles Eames. During his long collaboration with Knoll, he designed several important pieces of furniture including the Womb and Grasshopper chairs.
He is well known for his famous Pedestal Collecion. Eero Saarinen vowed to eliminate the “slum of legs” found under chairs and tables with four legs.