Sunday, November 2, 2008

Candle Stick Phone in Saarinen Home

Saarinen house is the restored home of Finninsh-American architect Eliel Saarinen and Loja Saarinen. The Saarinens using inspiration from the art and crafts movement and the more modern Art deco elements to create a home that was a total work of art. Saarinen began designing his house at Cranbrook in 1928, He and his family moved into the house in 1930 along with the adjoining house belonging to Carl Milles. Decorative elements are integral to the architecture and include patterned brickwork and leaded glass windows with triangles, squares, and rectangles. Similiar patterns, shapes, and color of the brick are echoed inside the house, linking the inside outside. The Candle Stick "Upright" phone was developed and distributed in the the 1900-1930 time frame along side the building of the Saarinen home. This telephone could be found any of the public space within the home but I origianlly placed the phone in a waiting area oude of a conference/ dining room all in arts and crafts and art deco style, with the furnishes found already in the Saarinen home.

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