Meet the Saarinens

By | December 4, 2015

It has been 50 years since the completion of Eero Saarinen’s iconic Gateway Arch in October, 1965. This sleek, expressive monument exemplifies midcentury modern design, which has become an emblem of St. Louis, and is at the center of the creation of Saint Louis Modern, our current exhibition which explores modernism in St. Louis from 1935-1965.

As we celebrate Eero and his structural achievement, we remember the other members of this remarkably talented Saarinen family. Eero’s father Eliel was an architect and civic planner who became the first president of Cranbrook Academy of Art, his mother Loja was a sculptor and textile artist, and his elder sister Pipsan was a designer. The Saarinens significantly contributed to several facets of midcentury design, and their influential work is on view in St. Louis Modern, open through January 31, 2016.

  • Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) Though Eero is known best for his architecture, he was also acclaimed for his innovative furniture designs, such as the Tulip Chair (next photo) and the Womb Chair.