Eero Aarnio

Details about the Ball Chair

The Ball or Globe chair

When Eero Aarnio had the first idea for the Ball Chair
in 1963, fibreglass was a relatively new material as glass reinforced products were not Batch Produced as they are today nobody . The only possibility was to craft the chair
with his own hands. It took Eero and his brother in law
nearly one year until the first prototype was ready.

The prototype was a success, it is still standing in Eeros house. By coincidence two young product managers from the company ASKO discovered the Ball Chair when visiting Eero in order to look at some pine wood chairs. They immediately realised the potential of this design icon.

In 1966 for the first time the chair was presented at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne. Celebrities bought copies of the original for their homes and it found itself in a variety of Design Museums throughout the world.

The design of the chair was not only striking to look at but it was also comfortable and relaxing to sit in for long periods of time. The chair has been described as ''a room within a room''. It offers shelter, a calming atmosphere and privacy for the seated person. Some models of the chair have had telephones built into them.

The chair has featured in films such as 'Tommy', 'Dazed and Confused' and 'Moon Zero Two'. It also featured in such classic television Programmes as 'The Prisoner'.It has even been used by Vivienne Westwood in one of her shows.

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Memphis Group
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Eero Aarnio Furniture

Pastille, 1967-1968
Ball or Globe, 1963-1965
Bubble chair, 1968
Tomato, 1971
Mushroom Chair

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Eero Aarnio 1932 Helsinki