This year, the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research has announced a new exhibition at the campus’ Saarinen House, which served as a home and studio of the famous Finnish American designers. The installation will feature drawings, letters, and family photographs as well as expanded tours that offer an insight into the lives of the wildly creative family Jackets.
The Saarinen family made some of the most treasured works of design in the country, from architect Eliel’s designs for Cranbrook’s own campus to his son Eero Saarinen’s iconic St Winter Sports. Louis Gateway Arch. Eliel’s wife, Loja, was the Academy’s first head of the Weaving Department from 1930 through 1950.
During special “Finnish Fridays,” the public will have the opportunity to party like a Saarinen Bikinis. Special “Finnish Fridays” events will include live music in the studio, Loja’s pineapple upside down cake served in the courtyard, and Saarinen home movies screened in the living room. There will also be a cash bar, period games, and other Finnish activities. The home tours will be held alongside the Cranbrook Art Museum’s exhibition, Finland 100: The Cranbrook Connection.
The exhibition opens to the public Sunday, April 30, with a free open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Otherwise, the house is open to the public between May 5 through July 30 on Fridays and Saturdays at 2 p Tops & T-Shirts.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m Shapewear. and 3 p.m.