The Ball chair is one of the most iconic furniture designs by Eero Aarnio of all time, proof of this is its apparition in many movies. It is distinguished by its white shell in bright fiberglass and its soft cashmere inner upholstery in different colors. It measures over a meter in diameter and is located at 51 cm from the ground.
The Ball chair by Eero Aarnio was manufactured in 1963 when its creator wanted to make a new chair for his own home. The idea pursued was one of the simplest geometric shapes: the sphere . The result was exceptional, cutting half of the ball, Eero Aarnio created an unconventional chair. A friendly and relaxed environment is assured within the space of the curved shell. The original version had even a phone to make private calls. The Ball chair easily found its name: The Ball chair but sometimes people refers to her as well as the Globe chair.
Eero Aarnio, the man behind the Ball chair
Eero Aarnio was born in Helsinki in 1932, and is one of the most influential Scandinavian industrial designers of the 20th century. He studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki and later he founded his studio where he devote himself to furniture design, photography and interior design.
His first designs were based on traditional aesthetics using local materials such as wicker. But his most famous designs were born in the 60’s influenced by the ideas of Charles & Ray Eames experimenting with fiberglass. In 1963 the chair Ball was born, an an icon of the pop era winner of the prestigious ADI award in 1968. Later, there came the Bubble chair a chair hanging from the ceiling with a new design that caressed shapes and spatial concepts with a newfangled material such as plexiglass. The color formed a prominent part of his work as an element of creating a provocative scenario.
The Ball chair by Eero Aarnio hasn’t been the only production, in the late 60, he created other models with a clear organic influence: the Tomato chair or the Pastil chair, the latter could be used even in water. And he also created the Pony chair for children. In the 90s Eero Aarnio creates furniture as the Formula chair, simulating the seat of a Formula 1 car, or Focus 2, both made of fiberglass.
The designs of Eero Aarnio have a strong character and identity and the ability to transmit and create a psychological effect on the viewer and user. His objects stimulate the imagination defying gravity and stiffness. For Eero Aarnio ergonomics and comfort are very important, the rest is free.
Many of the works of Aarnio, including Ball chair, are included in such prestigious museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MoMA in New York and the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein.