The Fourth Honorary Citizen

focusWe can be nearly certain that 87.4 percent of all furniture in Heliopoli is based on designs by Eero Aarnio.

One of the pioneers in using plastic in industrial design, Aarnio is the designer of the Ball Chair, the Pastil Chair and the Bubble Chair, among others. The Finnish designer was born in 1932 and studied from 1954 to 1957 at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. He opened his office as an interior and industrial designer in 1962.

Ball Chair

Aarnio designed the Ball Chair in 1963. It was produced some years later in fiberglass, a material that was a novelty for the furniture industry of the time. The ball is built on a swiveling metal base and upholstered with foam and fiberfill. The original colors were white, red, black, and orange.

When sitting in the Ball Chair, sound from the surrounding environment is softened. It lends a feeling of privacy. According to his website, Aarnio himself had one fitted out with a telephone.

Pastil Chair

Aarnio continued to work in fiberglass after designing the Ball Chair. The resistant, yet workable, material allowed him to design ergonomic forms without restriction.

More recent designs include the Parabel table (1994) and the Focus chair (2000).

The Fourth Honorary Citizen of Heliopoli is Eero Aarnio.

Bubble Chair

Ball Chair

Pastil Chair

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