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Eero Aarnio b. 1932

Eero Aarnio b. 1932

"A chair is a chair, is a chair... but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair."

Like his Danish contemporary, Verner Panton, Finland's Eero Aarnio sought to expand the boundaries of material and form, and conceived of designs that remain potent esthetic symbols of the 1960s.

Aarnio studied industrial design, and leveraged the possibilities intrinsic to plastic and fiberglass in creating furniture infused with lighthearted, Pop Art-infused sensibilities that belied their serious technological sophistication. Aarnio's breakthrough design, the iconoclastic  Ball Chair, essentially a hollowed-out globe on a pedestal, was a remarkable cocooned design that called into question the very definition of a chair, straddling a line between furniture and architecture. Designed in 1962, it was finally put into production in 1966, its otherworldly form perfectly timed for an era defined by the space race and moon landing.

The similarly shaped Bubble Chaira 1968 iteration of suspended, see-through plasticproved irresistible to fashion photographers, and, along with 1967's Pastil chaira sensuously sculptural, candy-colored seatestablished Aarnio as a master of innovation who turned the notion of form and its related function on its ear. A design icon himself, Eero Aarnio's more recent work, like his Rocket Stool for Artek, and his whimsical products for children, illustrate that his enduring presence on the contemporary design landscape is due, in part, to being a serious designer of objects that remain nothing if not fun for the rest of us.

Baby Rocket Stool
Artek Baby Rocket Stool $335.00
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Peacock Planter
Vondom Peacock Planter $2,190.00
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Rocket Stool
Artek Rocket Stool $395.00
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Rosinante Rocking Horse - Basic
Vondom Rosinante Rocking Horse - Basic $570.00
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Roulette Rocking Chair - Basic
Vondom Roulette Rocking Chair - Basic $670.00
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