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Modern Valentines: A Love Letter to Eero Saarinen

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Who says modern can't be romantic? Knoll just unearthed a trove of love letters exchanged between iconic designer Eero Saarinen and his wife, writer Aline B. Saarinen. Filled with pet names and poems, the letters reveal an intimate side to the architect that was sometimes absent from his designs. In one particularly tender exchange, he lists the twelve qualities about Aline that drew him to her, which reminded us of why we first fell for his work. We've reproduced the list in full, along with a few of our favorite images from Saarinen's career.

Eero Saarinen in his Womb Chair Saarinen’s parents, Eliel Saarinen and textile designer Loja Saarinen, immigrated to...
TWA Flight Center -- New York, New York (1962) Dubbed the “Grand Central of the Jet Age” by critic Robert A.M.
"My favorite piece in the house is the 12-foot Saarinen table," says Kroloff.
Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House is not your average home, this modern gem was generously donated to the...
Milwaukee War Memorial -- Milwaukee Wisconsin (1959) A project Saarinen picked up from his father, who passed away...
"VI. That you were beautiful." The St. Louis Arch (1965), Saarinen's most recognizable architectural feat.
An Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, an Isamu Noguchi Akari lamp, and forest views make for a cozy reading nook.
Part of the Pedestal collection introduced by Eero Saarinen as an answer to "the ugly, confusing, unrestful world" that...
Miller House -- Columbus, Indiana (1957) One of Saarinen’s few single-family homes, built for industrialist J. Irwin...
Kresge Auditorium at MIT -- Cambridge, Massachusetts (1955) Done in tandem with the MIT Chapel across the campus green...
Ingalls Rink at Yale University -- New Haven, Connecticut (1958) Known as the “Yale Whale,” this iconic rink gets its...
Dulles International Airport -- Sterling, Virginia (1962) “I think this terminal building is the best thing I have...
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