Born in 1910 to an accomplished family and growing up at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eero Saarinen was immersed in the world of design from a young age. At 19, he went to Paris to study sculpture, followed by the Yale School of Architecture.
His first major design, the Tulip Chair, came to fruition in 1948 and went into production with Knoll.
Throughout his life, Saarinen created iconic modern architecture throughout the US and a number of furniture pieces, all put into production by Knoll. His Womb Chair and Tulip collection of seating and tables continues to sell around the world.
Saarinen died tragically during an operation for a brain tumor at the age of 51, but in his time contributed some of the most beautiful pieces of modern design.