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WWL: Eero Saarinen
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future


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Starting today, Yale Art Gallery and School of Architecture are hosting the first major museum retrospective exploring the career of Finnish born architect Eero Saarinen. The exhibit “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” looks at Saarinen’s expansive body of work – from his design of a “womb-chair” to the “Yale Whale” or the Ingalls Hockey rink on Campus. We’re joined by John Stuart Gordon and Dean Sakamoto – both curators of the exhibit.

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As one of the first residents of Saarinen's Ezra Stiles College at Yale, I'm interesting in Saarinen. I saw the exhibit on the first day. There's quite a bit of biographical info as well as a lot of different chairs. Eames was his partner/brother-in-law and he named  a son Eames. Hmphh. The Eames Chair, molded plywood and leather, was the "official" chair of the Stiles/Morse libraries. He required Yale to buy so many for each library.The tulip chair, the womb chair are well displayed. According to the bio info, Eero was a nut. Employees expected to work from early in morning, 6-8pm dinner at home and return to work. 7 days a week including New Years Eve.

Seven foot bed in Stiles/Morse precluded doors from opening and closing. The Reason according to the late Master Richard Sewall who oversaw construction for Yale:Rendering brought the building 12 feet into Tower Parkway. Solution was to divide ever line on the drawing by a fraction, bringing the buildings back onto Yale's property. Sort of a cool fact that nobody talks about NOW!!!