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Deco Saarinen Desk

Original 1939 Eliel Saarinen Office Set from the Flexible Home Arrangements (FHA) line for Johnson Furniture Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is Birch with aluminum handles. It was designed with his daughter Pipsan Swanson Saarinen.


Eliel Saarinen:


Born at Rantasalmi, Finland (1873-1950). His father was Juho Saarinen.

1893-97 he studied painting and architecture at Helsinki University.

1904 Saarinen married Loja Gesellius.

1905 daughter Pipsan was born.

1910 son Eero was born.


Early furniture examples are Hannes Chair (1908) and White Chair (1910).

In 1923 he moved to the United States.

1925 Saarinen was asked by George G. Booth to develop the Cranbrook Educational Center at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This project was intended to be similar to the Bauhaus style in Germany.

1926 Saarinen began teaching at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Some of Saarinen's students at Cranbrook were:

Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Schust (later Knoll), Harry Bertoia.


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Taken on January 7, 2007