Artists & Designers

Eero Aarnio (b. 1932)

Eero Aarnio is one of the architects and designers responsible for firmly establishing Finland in the international design market of the 1960s. He was educated at the Taideteollisuuskeskuskoulu (School of Industrial Design) in Helsinki from 1954 to 1957. His early furniture designs conformed to the earlier 20th century Finnish practice of following traditional design procedures and focusing on native materials.

However, by the 1960s, Aarnio was experimenting with plastics, departing from traditional forms that are structured with legs, backs, and joints, and delighting in the vivid, chemical colorations of the synthetic material as opposed to the natural grain of wood. His exciting plastic creations were widely photographed and publicized, and came to characterize the nonconformist spirit of that time. Of balloon rotundity, scooped out or slightly flattened, they form a single unit of seat and base and can even create an enclosure.

Drawn from

Paul Johnson and Martin Eidelberg, Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was, (Harry N. Abrams: New York , 1995), 359.

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