Article from the 2011-07-21
With round forms and a lot of plastic, Eero Arnio made his name. His furniture embossed the modern design and embodies the charming plastic pop of the 60es and 70es. Still todayEero Aarnio designs furniture and products for numerous manufacturers such as Magis, Artek, Innolux or Adelta. The 21st of July of 2011, the Finnish designer celebrates his 79th birthday.
Eero Aarnio was born in Finland in 1932. He studied at the “Istituto Della Arti Industriali” in Helsinki and afterwards worked as freelance industrial designer and interior designer before he founded his own design office in 1962.
The lemma of the Finnish: earth is a ball. And that is just how he shapes his products, without edges and borders. His designs such as the Ball Char, Puppy or Pastilli are part of the most famous and trend-setting pieces of furniture design of the 60es. The partly abstract and futuristic forms brought numerous performances in science fiction to his products and became inherent parts of the pop-culture. Especially one material showed up as ideal for the round designs: plastic.
Plastic changed the 20th century of the furniture design as no other materials did. Eero Aarnio counted to the first Finnish designers that focused on materials like fiberglass, acrylic glass and plastic. Especially famous became his Ball Chair, a seating shell of fiberglass with a round opening and upholstered interior that he designed in the year 1963 as well as the Bubble Chair. Aarnio won the American Industrial Design Award for his Pastilli chair in 1968.
Many of the Eero Aarnio works are in design museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London or the Centre Popidou in Paris.
Find further information about Eero Arnio and his designs on the designer’s homepage. Many of his products are available in our Online Shop.