Eero Aarnio (Helsinki 1932-)

"A chair is a chair, is a chair... but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair, it could even be a small and soft Pony on which you can 'ride' or sit sideways." Finnish born designer Eero Aarnio is among the great avant-garde modern furniture designers. Eero Aarnio began experimenting with plastics and fibreglass in the 1960s. Aarnio played with vivid colors and whimsical, organic forms. Why limit yourself to a back, a seat and four legs, he thought. Aarnio used shapes no one had ever considered might fit with the idea of a chair. He broke away from traditional design conventions to create fun, playful, iconic pieces that are still popular today. His plastic creations, both utterly playful and slyly subversive include the Ball (1963), the Pastil (1968), the Bubble (1968), and the Pony chair(1973).These pieces echoed pop culture and were unlike anything else. Much of Aarnio's works can be foundin theMoMA in New York and Vitra Design Museum in Weil amRhein. Aarnio’s Ball Chair is basically a hollow sphere on a stand, open on one side to allow a person to sit within an upholsterd, cushioned womb. Aarnio’s Bubble Chair was a similar sphere constructed of clear plastic suspended from above. Other whimsical designs included the floating Pastil Chair, Tomato Chair and a Screw Table that, as the name suggests, looked as if a flat head screw had been driven into the ground. Eero’s iconic modern pieces are in demand as much today as they were in the 1960s in part because of their retro feel and striking visual appearance.