Native of a famous Finnish architect family, Eero Saarinen first learned sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris before studying architecture at Yale School of Art and Architecture. After his studies, Saarinen worked in the architectural firm of his father with great success and won the competition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis as a young architect. The landmark of the US metropolis was still not completed until after his early death. In addition, he received a teaching position at the Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills. Here he met Charles Eames and together, they experimented on new furniture forms. They were the first designs for furniture made from molded plywood. In 1940, the two participated in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and, subsequently, Eero Saarinen designed numerous iconic furniture pieces, in particular for Knoll International. Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal of J.F. Kennedy Airport in New York applies as an architectural masterpiece. In Washington, he built at the Dulles International Airport until his death in 1961. As a furniture designer, Saarinen became world renown with his first one-legged chair named Tulip Chair. Reminiscent of the shape of said flower, the design corresponds to the typical expressionist style of Saarinen who continued the design ideas of architect Erich Mendelsohn. The Tulip Chair design series contains more models, as for example tables.