One of the hottest designers today died in 1961. Eero Saarinen’s illustrious career in architecture and furniture design is again in the limelight, as two of the most admired buildings by Eero Saarinen and Associates are being buffed and put to new uses.
At , the , beloved for swooping forms that capture the spirit of the jet age and listed on the , has been shuttered since 2001. Finally, has enlisted , , , and to restore the 129,000-square-foot concrete-shell structure and add a 505-room hotel behind.
Moving from planes to phones, in Holmdel, New Jersey, is where cellular and laser technologies were invented—and where has spearheaded a mixed-use conversion called . , , , and are all taking part in the 2 million-square-foot project, to feature offices for start-ups, a public library, a hotel, a fitness club, retail, and restaurants. Live music will soon join the art exhibitions and film screenings currently taking place in the skylit central atrium, a stupendous 1,100 feet long by 100 feet wide. It already boasts floor patterns that Alexander Gorlin based on paintings by Josef Albers.