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Book Review: Saarinen Houses

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 29, 2014 01:06 AM
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by Eric last modified Oct 28, 2014

PrairieMod Squad member, Donna O' recently reviewed the new book, Saarinen Houses by Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen and published by the Princeton Architectural Press. Read it after the jump... "Many of us are familiar with the architectural work of Eero Saarinen in the form of the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Dulles International Airport Terminal. Some of us are familiar with Eero’s father, Eliel Saarinen’s architectural work in the Cranbrook Educational Community in...




 

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 7.30.21 AMPrairieMod Squad member, Donna O' recently reviewed the new book, Saarinen Houses by Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen and published by the Princeton Architectural Press. Read it after the jump...

"Many of us are familiar with the architectural work of Eero Saarinen in the form of the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Dulles International Airport Terminal. Some of us are familiar with Eero’s father, Eliel Saarinen’s architectural work in the Cranbrook Educational Community in Michigan, or for Findland’s Helsinki Railway Station. Most of us, however, are not as familiar with the impressive homes and furnishings that the Saarinens were responsible for creating.

In the book, Saarinen Houses by Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, the authors explore architecture’s famous father-son dynamic as expressed in the houses and furnishings they designed and brought to fruition. The entire family brought their many talents to the mix, including Eliel’s wife, Loja, who designed beautiful rugs, and their daughter, Pipsan, who was an interior designer. The many photographs in this book show the varied styles of their homes, and their shared belief in architecture as a total work of art.

I especially appreciated the interview with landscape architect Susan Saarinen as she remembered the family conversations with her father and grandfather, as well as other members of her family. I enjoyed the book, and now I need to go and experience those examples that are open to the public."

Thanks Donna! To order your copy of this beautiful book, follow the link.

Image via Princeton Architectural Press


 

 

 
 
 

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