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Eero Saarinen Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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Many of the things that were intriguing about his work then-the curious combination of 50s zen emptiness with passages of delicate, almost decorative, details-and the search for form which veers from neo-Miesian boxes to the curves and cylinders of MIT to the neo-vernacular stone of the Yale Colleges to the sinuous curves of the TWA and Dulles terminals-these explorations fascinate still and have much to teach us.
Merkel's book takes all these strains, examines their roots and development in a clear and comprehensive way.
Merkel has made a wonderful book, one that brings Saarinen's work back to life.
The images are stunning and so full of information, a nice balance of design process and completed buildings.
The text is full of fascinating information, much of it freshly researched-a compelling read.
The book design is gorgeous, and I don't just mean the stunning visual design.
Merkel has focused on design explorations and the strong built work of Saarinen without stalling us unduly in the less successful work.
If you're interested in Saarinen's work, get this book!
This detailed manuscript by Jayne Merkel sums up Saarinen's career from all points of view. Backed by extensive scholarly research, this books makes up for years of all the critical oblivion, and brings his work into new, fresh light. The provocative text not only provides unbeatable analysis of Saarinen's life and career, but also seems to complement certain aspects of his architecture. Merkel has woven within her text many beautiful photographs of Saarien's building, drawings, etc., which act as a visual aid. The details on the life of Eero's father, Eliel, are also impressively researched. As one reviewer has said, this books brings Saarinen's work back to life, and I couldn't agree more.
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Though I would have liked to see more insight into his design process, this was a beautiful overview of his work, which is surprising by its diversity and scope. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by nomadic architect
Beautifully and incisively illustrated, full of contemporary comments and criticism by colleagues and critics, a solid biography of both Eero and Elial Saarinem, the author of... Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by A. F. North