How Eero Aarnio Redefined the Chair.

Eero Aarnio has been an interior designer since the 1960’s. What he is mostly known for however, is for his original thinking which completely changed the way we sit and for his frequent use of new materials such as plastic and fiberglass. His use of new shapes and materials completely changed what could be considered “furniture”, especially with his chairs. below are some of Eero Aarnio’s most praised creations.

The Ball Chair

Eero Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and started his own office in 1962. The following year, he introduced his Ball Chair, a hollow sphere on a stand, open on one side to allow a person to sit within. Eero Aarnio tells the story of how this chair came to be in the Sourcebook of Modern Furniture by Habegger, Jerryll.

Eero Aarnio in his Bubble Chair
Ball Chair, Eero Aarnio

” The idea of the chair was very obvious. We had moved to our first home and I had started my free-lance career in 1962.We had a home but no proper big chair, so I decided to make one, but some way a really new one. After some drawing I noticed that the shape of the chair had become so simple that it was merely a ball. I pinned the full scale drawing on the wall and sat in the chair to see how my head would move when sitting inside it. Being the taller one of us I sat in the chair and my wife drew the course of my head on the wall. This is how I determined the height of the chair. Since I aimed at a ball shape, the other lines were easy to draw, just remembering that the chair would have to fit through a doorway. After this I made the first prototype myself using an inside mould, which has been made using the same principle as a glider fuselage or wing. I covered the plywood body mould with wet paper and laminated the surface with fiberglass, rubbed down the outside, removed the mould from inside, had it upholstered and added the leg. In the end I installed the red telephone on the inside wall of the chair. The naming part of the chair was easy, the BALL CHAIR was born. “

– Eero Aarnio

This Chair will cost you $6,059.00 to purchase.


In 1967, Eero Aarnio realized how much space was being wasted inside the ball Chair when it was being shipped around the world by post. He thought it was a shame to manufacture a product that created such a waste of shipping potential. So, as a result, Eero Aarnio decided that he would create a chair that would fit perfectly inside the Ball Chair in order to be fill the empty space when the chairs were sent to retailers.

Eero Aarnio in his pastil chair

Aarnio first created a model of the chair out of polystyrene, which helped him to verify measurement, comfort and the chair’s ability to rock. The pastil chair (sometimes known as the pastilli) was born. The New York Times simply called it “the most comfortable chair in the world” and in In 1968, the Finnish designer even received the American Industrial Award for the Pastil chair. Being made out of fiberglass, it is suited for indoors as well as outdoors. It is sold at $1,646.00

The Bubble Chair

The Bubble chair was first designed in 1968 and was also an idea stemming from his already existing Ball Chair. This time, Eero Aarnio wanted to let more light into the chair so using acrylic, the only transparent and durable material, Aarnio went on to build the first Bubble chair.

” After I had made the Ball Chair I wanted to have the light inside it and so I had the idea of a transparent ball where light comes from all directions. The only suitable material is acrylic which is heated and blown into shape like a soap bubble ”

– Eero Aarnio

This chair can be bought for $3,774.00.


This chair might not exactly look like one at first. Its complex look and complete abstraction of what the human minds usually considers a “chair” has a tendency to confuse. However, the chair is quite simple. It is composed out of three plastic spheres of the same diameter: two being armrests and one giving back support. This chair is usually seen as a sculpture or work of art rather than an object made for sitting. It is sold at $2,915.00


The Puppy chair was originally designed for children and aimed at merging the concept of toys and furniture together. Many, however, buy this object for as a sculpture. It retail at around $100

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