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Eero Saarinen

Author: Jayne Merkel
Publisher: London ; New York : Phaidon, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the world's most celebrated architects at the time of his death at the age of 51, the Finnish-born, American-trained master of Modernism designed and built more than thirty-five buildings in his brief lifetime, and more than thirty other projects in collaboration with his father and such celebrated architects as Charles Eames and Ralph Rapson. Saarinen's career began in childhood. As the son of renowned  Read more...
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Named Person: Eero Saarinen; Eero Saarinen; Eero Saarinen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jayne Merkel
ISBN: 9780714865928 0714865923 071484277X 9780714842776
OCLC Number: 57750853
Description: 256 p. : ill. (some col.), plan ; 30 cm.
Contents: A man of his time --
1. Son of Eliel; Growing up under the drafting table --
2. Creating Cranbrook; The Cranbrook schools, Institute of science, and academy of art --
3. Family business; The education of Eero and the work of Saarinen and Saarinen --
4. Breaking away; First independent projects and furniture designs --
5. A break and a breakthrough; The General Motors technical center --
6. GM progeny; Corporate campuses for IBM, Bell labs, and Deere & Company --
7. College explosion; Campuses for the modern world at Antioch, Drake, and Brandeis --
8. The cutting edge on campus; The MIT auditorium and chapel, and the Yale hockey rink --
9. College buildings and context; Concordia, Chicago, and Morse and Stiles colleges at Yale --
10. Building the basics in a small midwestern town; A bank, a house, and a church in Columbus, Indiana --
11. Big ambitions in big cities abroad; American embassies in London and Oslo --
12. Big ambitions in New York; The Vivian Beaumont repertory theater at Lincoln center and the CBS building --
13. Symbolizing modernity; The Milwaukee War memorial and the Saint Louis gateway arch --
14. Taking flight; The Trans world airlines terminal and the Athens and Dulles international airports --
The legacy.
Responsibility: Jayne Merkel.

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The most thorough monograph on the mid-century master of modernism.  Read more...

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'Merkel's handsome volume presents the first truly comprehensive survey, and seeks to demonstrate how Saarinen could be 'mainstream and avante-garde at the same time.' (New Yorker)

 
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