Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio (1970)
The Ball Chair is also known as the globe chair and is famous for its unconventional shape. It is considered a classic of industrial design. One of the most remarkable chairs in the furniture history of the 20th century. It is a room within a room with a cozy and calm atmosphere, protecting its inhabitant from outside noises and giving a private space for one to unwind.
With its simple, striking shape and its bright colors it is a typical symbol of the optimistic, consumer-oriented popular culture of the 1960s. Equally apparent is an unconcealed enthusiasm for the technical which also typifies the era: its exposed plastic which allowed even complex shapes to be produced in series relatively easily, at the time something completely new, and its dynamic shape, reminiscent of a space capsule. The idea of this kind of mobile capsule allowing people to sit where they want within the house also anticipates the kind of living concepts discussed in the 1970s for a young, liberal society. On the outside, this gleaming, polished sphere seems cold and futuristic, but its inside reveals a space where users can feel cozy and protected. It is something between a piece of furniture and a piece of architecture and at the same time embodies both the mobile and the established, the fixed.
This Vitra collectible miniature design chair is constructed to the exact specifications of the original, right down to the last detail.Because each miniature modern chair is so true to the original, the miniature chair is not only a valuable collector “item or decorative item, but also an ideal illustrative material for universities, colleges of design and architects. The Vitra miniatures collection presents the most important classics of modern furniture history in miniature scale.
• Dimensions: 8.25″H x 7.5″W x 6.75″D
• Scale 1:6
• Material: white fiberglass, aluminium, red upholstery
• Manufacturer of the full-scale 1:1 model: since 1990 Adelta, Dinslaken/ Germany
• Ships in a small wooden Vitra box which is perfect for storage or display
Eero Aarnio, born 21 July 1932 in Helsinki, is a Finnish interior designer, noted for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s, such as his plastic and fibreglass chairs. His designs were an important aspect of 1960s popular culture, and could often be seen as part of sets in period science-fiction films. Because his designs used very simple geometric forms, they were ideal for such productions.
To quote his own words: The idea of the chair was very obvious. We had moved to our first home and I had started my free-lance career in 1962. We had a home but no proper big chair, so I decided to make one, but some way a really new one. After some drawing I noticed that the shape of the chair had become so simple that it was merely a ball. I pinned the full scale drawing on the wall and “šsat’ in the chair to see how my head would move when sitting inside it. Being the taller one of us I sat in the chair and my wife drew the course of my head on the wall. This is how I determined the height of the chair. Since I aimed at a ball shape, the other lines were easy to draw, just remembering that the chair would have to fit through a doorway.
The naming part of the chair was easy, the BALL CHAIR was born.”