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Eero Aarnio (Born 1932)

The legendary Finnish designer, Professor Eero Aarnio was one of the first to create furniture in fiberglass and plastic; materials that offer virtually unlimited possibilities to create new
shapes and colours. With his “Ball Chair”, presented at the international furniture fair in Cologne in 1966, Aarnio revolutionized furniture design and the innovative easy chair marked his final career breakthrough internationally. Eero Aarnio’s design is sculptural but at the same time playful, with frequent allusions to 1960’s pop culture. Aarnio’s designs were based on fundamental geometrical elements such as the sphere and the ellipse, and he transformed these into seat furniture. Aarnio’s creed was that “a chair is a seat but a seat doesn’t have to look like a chair”. The pieces quickly became hugely popular with a broad international demand and today Eero Aarnio is considered one of the greatest contemporary designers worldwide. With their futuristic shapes and materials Aarnio’s creations became symbols of the Space Age - a notion the designer himself has always shunned. “Space didn’t inspire me at all, I just wanted to create a round chair, I simply wanted to find a new shape”, Aarnio has stated in numerous interviews. During his career Eero Aarnio has been awarded numerous prizes, amongst them the International Design Award
of the American Institute of Interior Designers in 1968, the Italian Compasso d’Oro prize in 2008, the Kaj Franck Design Prize in 2008 and the Pro Finlandia Award in 2010.

Selection of previously sold at Bukowskis Live Auctions
16. Eero Aarnio, a 'Ball chair', Asko, Finland ca 1971.
16. Eero Aarnio, a 'Ball chair', Asko, Finland ca 1971.
Hammer price 
48 000 SEK
Estimate
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
90A. Eero Aarnio, a 'Ball chair', Asko International, 1960-70s.
90A. Eero Aarnio, a 'Ball chair', Asko International, 1960-70s.
Hammer price 
42 000 SEK
Estimate
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
4. Eero Aarnio, E-BAR BALL CHAIR.
4. Eero Aarnio, E-BAR BALL CHAIR.
Hammer price 
3 800 EUR
Estimate
3 000 - 4 000 EUR
12. Eero Aarnio, BUBBLE CHAIR.
12. Eero Aarnio, BUBBLE CHAIR.
Hammer price 
3 600 EUR
Estimate
1 000 - 1 500 EUR
98. Eero Aarnio, 'Ball chair', Adelta, Finland.
98. Eero Aarnio, 'Ball chair', Adelta, Finland.
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate
30 000 - 35 000 SEK
5. Eero Aarnio, BALL CHAIR.
5. Eero Aarnio, BALL CHAIR.
Hammer price 
2 900 EUR
Estimate
2 000 - 3 000 EUR
Selection of previously sold at Bukowskis Online only auctions
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