Designer Eero Aarnio, a pioneer of high-quality plastic furniture and creator of some of the most iconic chairs of the 1960s that are still considered modern today. Good design never gets old and Eero Aarnio’s modern furniture proves it. Take a look at his most iconic work and his work space where Eero creates his incredible pieces.

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The Ball Chair – or Globe Chair as it’s called sometimes – was designed by using one of the most simple geometric forms – the ball. Cutting of a part and fixing it at one point Eero Aarnio comes to a remarkable result – a completely unconventional shaped chair:

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Eero Aarnio designed the Double Bubble lamp in 2000. After having some prototypes made from blown glass, the designer ultimately decided on a plastic material to ensure durability and uniform colour of light.

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One year after he had designed the Pastil Chair in 1968 Eero Aarnio received the American Industrial Award for this chair. The New York Times wrote about the Ball Chair and Pastil Chair at this time: “the most comfortable forms to hold up the human body”, and the Conran’s Design Dictionary says “they look like essays in period style, perhaps from Barbarella”.

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Aarnio was – and still is – one of the pioneers in using plastic in industrial design. Plastic material set the designers free to create every shape and use every color they wanted. This gave birth to objects oscillating between function and fun – but always fascinating ones.

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