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Monday, March 20, 2006

EERO SAARINEN was incredible.

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I'm sure Thievery Corporation think the same. Especially after appropriating his Tulip chair for their Eighteenth St Lounge label iconography. It has become a symbol for its time, yet still remains as enigmatic in todays space. I could go on & on about all the amazing looking buildings that he created, but my admiration towards this Finnish artist wrapped inside an architect is endless. Why don't people create such magnificent looking structures these days? I know nothing about architecture per se, but when I found out the TWA Terminal at JFK airport in NY had been designed by him I was enthralled. You can see some beautiful shots of the terminal here. It's been closed since 2001 after the demise of the airline & will re-open in 2008. Thankfully Spielberg utilised it in his film Catch Me If You Can while it was closed in 2003. Eero's legacy continues with an ongoing archival project & a documentary film for PBS all to be realised by the end of this year.

There have been a few books on his exquistely architecture, but looks like Taschen have done it again with thier new publication Saarinen.


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