This "Flexible Home Arrangements by Eliel Saarinen, Pipsan Saarinen Swanson, and Robert Swanson for Johnson Furniture" collector material was the first organized research that we developed, dating from 2007.
Offered here as a “First Edition” version, included primarily is an exact facsimile copy of the original Johnson catalog from 1948. The Johnson material includes photography and line drawings of the entire collection and serves as a good source of documentation.
Also included is color photography produced by MassModern, based on our FHA items, including specific design details of both the “Basic” and the “S Series” items.
Extensive additional research of this collection has been completed, including at both the Grand Rapids Public Library and at the Cranbrook archives. We look forward to soon offering a more comprehensive overview for a follow up edition to the “Flexible Home Arrangements” Collector’s Study Guide. This will also include further essays presenting the collection from today's perspective. We look forward to having this material available soon. Scroll down for a preview.
A young Eliel Saarinen
Le Corbusier and Eliel Saarinen at Cranbrook
Eliel Saarinen's "Tea Service"
Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Currently being reproduced by Alessi
Cranbrook Library (left) and Art Museum connected by the Peristyle