Eero Aarnio (born 21 July 1932, in Helsinki) is a Finnish interior
designer, noted for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s,
such as his plastic and fibreglass chairs.
Puppy toy by
Eero Aarnio at the Googleplex, 2008
Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and
started his own office in 1962. The following year, he introduced his
Ball Chair, a hollow sphere on a stand, open on one side to allow a
person to sit within. The similar
Bubble Chair was clear and suspended
from above. Other innovative designs included his Pastil Chair (a
beanbag-like molded armchair), and Tomato Chair (a seat molded
between three supporting spheres). His Screw Table, as the name
suggests, had the appearance of a flat head screw driven into the
ground. He was awarded the American Industrial Design award in 1968.
Aarnio's designs were an important aspect of 1960s popular culture,
and could often be seen as part of sets in period science-fiction
films. Because his designs used very simple geometric forms, they
were ideal for such productions.
Eero Aarnio continues to create new
designs, including toys and furniture for children.
Eero Aarnio opened
his official webshop and first Design
Eero Aarnio Showroom, in
Helsinki. There you can find Aarnio`s latest design, prototypes and
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Website of Eero Aarnio, compiled by his daughter
Eero Aarnio collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved September 2016.
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