You may have seen or even had the pleasure of visiting Eero Saarinen's most famous works without realizing it. For starters, the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, Miss., and the TWA terminal in New York's JFK Aiport are some of the Finnish American's most noted sites. But he's also churned out other pieces that have been just as influential in industrial design, such his Tulip collection, a series of neofuturstic chairs and tables, which also made a cameo in Stanley Kubrick’s film "2001: A Space Odyssey."
But a recent discovery regarding his involvement with the CIA during World War II gives a new perspective to his design repertoire. According to the files, he came up with "models of buildings and weapons," but the files don't exactly specify what they are, nor do they provide illustrations of the models. He also worked on the original war room in the White House.
Even more, Saarinen was so good at his job, that he was dubbed "irreplaceable."
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