Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was a Finnish architect/designer who emigrated to the United States with his family in the early 1920s. After graduating from Yale (too bad he wasn't very smart...kidding!) in 1934 with a degree in architecture, he began a collaboration with Charles Eames in 1937 that yielded a series of prize-winning furniture designs for the Museum of Modern Art's "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition (1940).
From there, he went on to produce several successful and iconic furniture designs for Knoll International. Some noted examples of these include the Grasshopper Chair, manufactured from 1946 to 1965; the Womb Chair and Ottoman, designed in 1948; the Saarinen pedestal collection of dining, coffee and side table, introduced in 1956; and the award-winning Tulip Chair, which was designed as "an exercise in clarifying form."
Until 1950, Saarinen worked in his father's architectural office. After his father's death, he opened his own practice in Bloomfield Hills. Some of his famous building projects include Dulles International Airport (D.C.), The Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO) and the TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport (NY).
What a creative visionary!