It’s amazing to think that Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair is 44 years old – the design is as striking – even shocking as anything that preceded or followed and is very much an icon of modern space age design.
Eero made the chair in 1962 for practical need – he wanted "a big chair" for his new home. This prototype Ball Chair was spotted by two representatives from the Asko company, who sorted out production and unleashed it onto an unsuspecting public in 1966 at the international furniture fair in Cologne. It made Aarnio – who moved on to create a whole range of eye-catching fibreglass designs.
The chair is still in authorised production (now by Adelta), with the same specification as the orginal and in a wide range of colour options. But somehow that orange and white combination seems to fit best. Price? Well, you’ll be looking at 5,300 Euros (which is around £3,568), with all items made to order over 8-10 weeks.