The DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University has received one of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen's famous "Tulip" chairs for its permanent collection.

            Saarinen (1910-61) is most famous for designing the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the General Motors Technical Center, the main terminal at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., and numerous corporate headquarters, including IBM, John Deere and CBS. He grew up in the community of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where his father taught, and later studied there with Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll.

            Saarinen's daughter, Susan Saarinen, and Mark Coir, former archivist at Cranbrook, gave lectures on the Saarinen family legacy at both NMU and Finlandia University. The events were organized by the Finlandia Foundation International's "Lecturers of the Year" Series. Knoll Studio donated two of Saarinen's Tulip chairs for the presentations and a committee decided to gift one to NMU's permanent collection and the other to Finlandia University.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director