Furniture Designer: Eero Aarnio
Who are the furniture designers? Do we actually know any notable furniture designers? Do we know their names when we look and choose some furniture for our houses interior? Actually not! However, to know the names of famous and talented designers is not that bad. Imagine you have a chair of one of the famous designer, Eero Aarnio, and know his name and his career as the designer, and then you will be proud of having it in one of your rooms.
Furniture designers produce designs for items of furniture and related products. These designs may then be mass produced or made in small batches or as one-off individual pieces. Designers may be involved in the design aspect of the work alone, or they may be designer/makers, producing items from their own designs. Designers work alone or alongside colleagues creating concepts and designs that balance innovative design, functional requirements and aesthetic appeal. The process of furniture design demands creativity, business awareness and skills in marketing, finance, sales and manufacturing. The role may involve a number of functions, particularly for the self-employed, including designer, production manager, buyer, salesperson, accountant, and maintenance engineer.
Meet Eero Aarnio
Eero Aarnio (born 21 July 1932 in Helsinki) is a Finish interior designer, noted for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s, such as his plastic and fiberglass 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 Buuble Chair was clear and suspended from above. Other innovative designs included his floating Pastil Chair (similar to a solid inner tube), and 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. He was awarded the American Industrial Design award in 1968. Aarnio’s later work replaced the use of fiberglass (material that can be dangerous especially for those who are directly involved in its manufacturing) with safer types of plastic. He continues to create new designs, including toys and furniture for children.
Chairs by Eero Aarnio
The Ball Chair or Globe Chair as it’s called sometimes was designed by using one of the simplest geometric forms, the ball. Cutting of a part and fixing it at one point Eero Aarnio comes to a remarkable result, a completely unconventional shaped chair.
A Ball Chair is a ”room within a room” with a cozy and calm atmosphere, protecting outside noises and giving a private space for relaxing or having a phone call. Turning around its own axis on the base the view to the outer space is variable for the user and thus he is not completely excluded from world outside. The result was great. It was the birth of one of the most remarkable chairs in the furniture history of the 20th century.
There is no nice way to make a clear pedestal Eero Aarnio notes. That is the lucky reason why the Bubble Chair hangs from the ceiling. Like the Ball Chair the Bubble Chair also impresses the user by the special acoustic. The Bubble Chair swallows the sounds and you feel isolated inside in a pleasant way, even when you are in a crowded place. At the EXPO 2000 in Hannover eleven Bubble Chairs were installed in the Cycle Bowl “Blue Box” of the Grüne Punkt Deutschland Pavilion as small, individual information spaces within the library.
At the first sight the Tomato Chair looks complicated, but the second look shows an intelligent combination of 3 circles with same diameter, two of them being armrests, one stretched to a comfortable back, and even a fourth half circle up side down giving the chair a consequent seat. Ten looking at the Tomato Chair from different angles it is more than a chair, it is a sculpture.