Focus 2 Chair – Eero Aarnio


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Eero Aarnio (born 1932) is a Finnish interior designer, well known for his innovative furniture modern design in the 1960s, notably his plastic and fibreglass chairs.

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 Tomato Chair (more stable with a seat between three spheres). His Screw Table, as the name suggests, had the appearance of a flat head screw driven into the ground.

Aarnio’s designs were an important aspect of 1960s popular culture (though his designs did not reflect this), and could often be seen as part of sets in period science-fiction films. Because his retro furniture modern designs used very simple geometric forms, they were ideal for such productions.

The name Eero Aarnio is only used to describe the characteristics and not as a trademark. 4Retro style designed quality products are reproductions inspired by the original designer and not trademarked copies.


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