Sunday, December 9, 2007

Celebrating Saarinen

I just bought a Eero Saarinen Tulip coffee table for our den and I was reading more about the history of the design. I found the fascinating 1956 cover story Time did on Saarinen (just five years before he died) in which he gave his famous quote that the goal of the yet unfinished pedestal was to "clear up the slum of legs in the U.S. home." The Tulip Collection, which is now celebrating its 50th anniversary, was released to public in 1958 and took 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. So why does it take 16 weeks today? Anyway, check out this Yale University database of nearly 1,300 Saarinen-related photos and drawings.

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