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Eero Saarinen

Born to world famous architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. Eero studied at sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale before returning to Cranbrook himself to work on furniture design and practice architecture with his father. IT was there that he met Charles Eames, with whom he collaborated closely on their molded plywood chair designs. He also met Florence Knoll at Cranbrook, who eventually brought him to Knoll where he designed some of their most well known pieces over the course of 15 years.

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Armless Tulip Chair

Eero Saarinen iconic piece released in 1958.  The elegant design was part of the Pedestal Collection, and was driven by a desire to address the cluttered appearance of the underside of chairs and tables. The chair is also available with arms, and in a variety of colors and cushion materials

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Organic Chair

This vaunted design was created for the 1940 MoMA exhibition “Organic Design in Home Furnishings.” The chair, which was the first to mold wood into complex curvatures and use the cycle-welding technique of bonding rubber to wood, won first prize at the show and would have been produced by Heywood-Wakefield had the war not intervened. The chair was finally mass produced by Vitra in 2006.

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Womb Chair

This chair was initially released in 1948 with the catchy title No. 70 and later became known as the Womb chair thanks to its inviting embrace. A padded and upholstered fiberglass shell sits on a polished chrome steel frame. Covering options vary.

mid century modern house by architect A. Quincy Jones

Mid-Century's Greatest Hits

We've featured homes from virtually every continent, in locations as far ranging as busting metropolises to serene suburbs to remote islands, with architectural programs equally as diverse. However, the one style most emblematic of Dwell as a whole seems to be that of the mid-century (the name check in this video at about 30 seconds in is one example). In the following slideshow, view an assortment homes that channel the ethos of the era's architecture, interiors, or progressive design spirit. You'll spy what might be the first modern conversation pit and see a structure whose dramatic seaside locale competes with its sleek high-modern stylings.

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