ICONS: EERO AARNIO
A Design Hotels look at the iconic designs of Eero Aarnio
"A chair is a chair, is a chair, is a chair ... but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair. It can be anything as it is ergonomically correct. A seat could even be a small and soft Pony on which you can 'ride' or sit sideways."
Seen everywhere from outer space to children’s bedrooms, Eero Aarnio’s designs have become symbols of popular culture. Born in Finland, he studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, before starting his own office in the 1960s when he rose to furniture stardom, becoming well-known for his plastic and fibre glass chairs. His designs were often in very simple geometric forms, seeing them featured in many science fiction films.
His popular designs include the Ball Chair, a classic of industrial design. The hollow sphere on a stand is open on one side to allow a person to sit within, and a version of it featured in the popular film Men in Black. Originally designed in white and red, it now comes in a variety of colors, with added extras such as speakers to play music. The similar Bubble Chair was clear and suspended from above. His other innovative designs include the floating Pastil Chair, Tomato Chair and the Screw Table, which had the appearance of a flat head screw screwed in to the ground.
His playful designs in bright colors attract not only design-minded adults, but also the imaginative minds of children. His chair The Pony is a classic example. Although it seems like a children's toy, its dimensions are adult size, showcasing the funfilled fantasy of Aarnio's designs.