Eero Aarnio: Finnish, innovative designer

Eero Aarnio: Finnish, innovative designer

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Eero Aarnio was born in Helsinki on July 21th, 1932. He graduated in 1953 and then began studying industrial design from 1954 to 1957. After he graduated, Aarnio worked for the Finnish design company Asko for a period of time, from 1960 until he became a freelancer in 1962.

Eero Aarnio first worked as an interior designer, photographer and as general industrial and graphic designer, before he began designing furniture.


From traditional to more experimental materials

Aarnio's first furniture designs was made of more traditional materials, e.g. his first chair Juttu, which he made of wicker.

In the first half of the 1960s, Aarnio switched his focus, and he began to take an interest in plastic as a basic material for furniture. According to himself he was beginning to get bored at the thought of designing yet another fruit bowl or bread basket, and he felt like doing something completely different. For this reason, he began to experiment with plastic, which also gave him the option of using a lot of bright colours

Like e.g. Verner Panton and Eamers, Eero Aarnio opened people's eyes to the new use of plastic. How the material can be used both to create functional everyday furniture, but also create aesthetic and stylish design.


Eero Aarnio's chair design

Eero Aarnio's first chair is the successful Ball Chair (also know as the Globe Chair) or Hvilestolen, as it is called in Danish. This is an iconic chair which consists of a cut ball which one sits inside.

The chair was followed by numerous other innovative design chairs, such as Pony, Tomato Chair and Bubble Chair.

Furthermore several other designs such as lighting – in addition to, among others, a mobile sauna in 1968, which he designed for the Milan triennial together with Matti Halme and Ritva Puotila.

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