Is this exhibit for you?

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06/18/2008
Are your summer travels taking you to Washington DC? Do you like modern architecture and cool furniture? And most important, do you like to do security-related stuff while on vacation? If you answered yes to ALL these questions--or just the first two, I have just the activity to add to your itinerary. It's a new Eero Saarinen exhibit showing now through the end of August at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Saarinen designed some classic modern furniture such as the womb chair, but this show is focused on his architecture. Here are some fun examples of that: the TWA terminal at JFK (does it say flight to you?) and the St. Louis arc, the "gateway to the West." Here's the security-related part: the global sponsor of this exhibit is Assa Abloy. I like any company that supports the arts like this, so I'll include the promotional blurb that Assa Abloy sent me: "Like Saarinen we too believe in utilizing the newest technologies, materials and aesthetics available in our products to enhance the safety, security and the “living” experience for the people who inhabit buildings. We believe that all of a building’s parts, including the door opening, contribute to this bigger experience especially as seen in technology and access control." And here's the National Building Museum's Web site with more information.