Eero Aarnio (1932-)
« Original shapes and materials! »
Born in 1932 in Helsinki, Eero Aarnio, was a leading figure in Finnish design during the 60’s.
After his studies at the School of Art and Design in Helsinki, Aarnio opened his agency in 1957 and dedicated himself to interior design and industrial design. At first, Aarnio, created furniture using natural materials. After, he developed an interest in the use of plastic and fiber glass. His most famous creation is the Ball chair.
Some people associated Aarnio with the movement of Pop Design, but he was not part of this movement as for him Pop Design was disposable and ephemeral. According to Aarnio « a chair is a chair…but a seat doesn’t necessarily have to be a chair. It can be anything as long as it’s ergonomically adapted”
Numerous works of art created by Aarnio are exhibited in prestigious museums around the world: the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MoMa in New York and the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein.