You may know Eero Saarinen best through his work. From the Gateway Arch to the TWA Flight Center to iconic modernist furniture such as the tulip chair, the Finnish-American architect and designer crafted a daring and unmistakable aesthetic that was all his own and that he shared with millions. Saarinen’s work helped define a robust and bustling slice of time in the nation’s cultural history.
You may know less about Saarinen, the man. He died young, at 51, while undergoing surgery for a brain tumor in his home of Ann Arbor, Michigan. His reputation and legacy persist through the landmarks he designed and trends he inspired. His vision and personality also survive through his son Eric, a successful director of photography in his own right.
The hour-long documentary film Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future takes a fresh look at Saarinen’s creations through his son’s eyes. It travels with Eric as he visits the sites of his father’s most enduring creations and reveals new layers of mystique and humanity that even Saarinen’s biggest fans have never seen before. The film joins My Architect on a short list of design documentaries with intimate perspectives that only family can provide.
Most of the world will get its first look at the film in December, when it premiers as part of the acclaimed PBS series American Masters. But the Architecture + Design Museum will give Los Angeles a chance to catch two early screenings this weekend, on Friday and Saturday. What’s more, attendees can meet Eric Saarinen in person, slake their curiosity in a Q&A, and get even closer to the story behind the legend.
Join us this weekend to celebrate architecture, design, and family.
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– Emerson Dameron, A+D Intern
– Photo Credit: www.waitomo.govt.nz