If you ask someone to name a design chair at random, many will call out the Ball Chair of Eero Aarnio. The Ball Chair, the most famous design in the product line of Eero Aarnio chairs, was designed by Eero Aarnio himself. Eerio Aarnio was born in Helsinki in 1932. He is a Finnish interior designer, well-known for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s, notably his plastic and fibreglass chairs. Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki and started his own office in 1962. He also started to work as a freelancer during this same period.
The Ball Chair
The following year in 1963 he introduced his Ball Chair, a white fibreglass ball with a red cotton interior, mounted on a swivelling base. In fact, Aarnio designed the Ball Chair because he had felt the need to have a comfortable lounge chair to enjoy in the house he had recently bought. He decided to draw one. After he had started drawing, Aarnio realised that he had only produced the simplest geometrical shapes. He was inspired so much by them that he decided to maintain the spherical shape. His wife was also involved in the design. Being the taller one, Eero decided to let his wife determine the height by letting her drawing it in the design. The original version even featured a built-in telephone, so that Eero could continue his work as a freelancer, without being a nuisance for the people around him or himself. The Ball Chair is the perfect place to relax and to get away from it all. A relaxing chair in which you can create your own personal oasis.
Other works by Eero Aarnio
After the success of the Ball Chair, Aarnio made the similar Bubble Chair. This round sphere was made of transparent glass fibre and can be hung from the ceiling. The well-known Eyeball Chair was also created by Aarnio. His designs can be admired in many films, including Men in Black. His designs have eventually become true icons; timeless creations that will still play an important role in the future because of their futuristic appearance.
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