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Eero Saarinen Hardcover – September 1, 2005

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From The New Yorker

In 1956, when Saarinen made the cover of Time, he was America's most renowned architect. His sculptural modernism-evident in such commissions as the T.W.A. terminal at Kennedy Airport, the CBS building, and the St. Louis Arch-was in perfect accord with the country's postwar mood. He trained at the school founded by his father, the celebrated Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, and established important relationships there with his future collaborators Charles and Ray Eames. An indefatigable worker, he oversaw more than forty staff architects at the height of his practice, and created in detail hundreds of possible designs for each project. After his death, in 1961, his work fell into critical neglect. Merkel's handsome volume presents the first truly comprehensive survey, and seeks to demonstrate how Saarinen could be "mainstream and avant-garde at the same time."
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'Merkel's handsome volume presents the first truly comprehensive survey, and seeks to demonstrate how Saarinen could be 'mainstream and avante-garde at the same time.' (New Yorker)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071484277X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714842776
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sara Caples on August 25, 2005
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Disclosure: I'm an architect who began the journey towards the profession by writing an undergraduate thesis on Saarinen in the late 1960s.

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!
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Merkel's book is one of those monographs that open so many doors onto the work of an artist or architect that you never view it in quite the same way again. Saarinen's buildings are analyzed in all their surprising variety, with an open acknowledgment of their differences, rather than an insistence on an individual style. The special emphasis placed on the critical responses to the projects when they were built is particularly enlightening and should serve as a model for the study of modern architectural history. The author, with a refreshing willingness to deal with negative material as well as positive, asks and answers the very interesting question of the reasons for the decline in Saarinen's reputation after his untimely death. This book is very valuable as a study of Saarinen and also for its insights into the development and fluctuations of movements in modern architecture.
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Merkel's handsome volume is a pleasure to read and to view, as it contains great vintage photographs of Eero Sarinen's projects. The author's special contribution is her insightful contextualization of Saarinen's original and eclectic output through discussions of his background, working methodology, and the critical reactions his buildings elicited.
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This is an articulate and well researched review of an icon in architectural history. Merkel weaves his professional and personal journey in a manner which is pleasure to read.
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The book arrived quickly and was packaged well. It was a gift for my good friend after graduating from architecture school. He says he loves it - and as someone who lives minutes from Dulles Airport, I'm a fan of Saarinen's work anyway.
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After Eero Saarinen's death in 1961, his work fell into critical neglect. It's such a shame, as so many of his structures are so iconic and inspirational. Fortunately, within the past 5-10 years, interest in Saarinen's life and work has resurfaced, and for the better. With recent projects, such as the the exhibit "Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future," and monographs by Antonio Roman, and others, Saarien's work has experienced a kind of "virtural revival", and has seemed to also re-inspire architects of today, as it did with architects more than 5 decades ago.

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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