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Eero Aarnio

architect - designer (1932)

The Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, born in 1932, studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki from 1954 to 1957, and in 1962 opened his own industrial design and interior design studio.

Eero Aarnio is one of the most celebrated furniture designers of the twentieth century. He realizes projects characterized by a great attention to the formal balance with ironic aspects of great fascination combined with the use of plastic material in bright colors.

In his career spanning five decades Eero Aarnio has created many high quality projects, capable of contributing to the popularity of Finnish design in recent times.

In 1963 he created Ball Chair, a ball shaped armchair made of fiberglass (fiberglass). A few years later the armchair is mass-produced and the fiberglass material becomes his favorite.

With Pastil Chair (American Industrial Design-Award 1968), and Tomato Chair gains international fame.

Among the most recent projects are a series of lamps called Double bubble, of different sizes (table or floor), initially made of glass and later in white plastic, capable of emitting a diffused and uniform light.

Eero's Aarnio projects have been used in international films, music videos and fashion.

Awards and recognitions:
1958 Valmet Trade Mark Competition a Helsinki, Finlandia, (1° premio)
1959 International Furniture Competition a Cantù, Italia, (3° premio)
1963 Export Furniture Competition, Helsinki, (3° premio)
1964 International Competition on Furniture and Design, Cantù, Italia, (1° premio)
1965 Scandinavian Park and Street Competition, Stoccolma, Svezia, 1965, (1° premio)
1967 Steel Furniture Competition, Helsinki, Finlandia, (2° premio)
1968 Riceve l’International Design Award da parte dell’AID (Istituto americano di interior design) per Gyro (Pastil Chair), New York, USA
1999 Nominato membro onorario del SIO (Associazione finlandese di interior design).

The works of Eero Aarnio are present in the following museums:
Moma, Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Olanda
Centre Georges Pompidou, Parigi, Francia
Die Neue Sammlung, Monaco, Germania
Galerie für Avantgarde Kunst, Colonia, Germania
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Lipsia, Germania
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Olanda
Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf im Ehrenhof, Germania
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Amburgo, Germania
Designmuseum, Helsinki, Finlandia
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, U.S.A.
The Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, Le Musée du Chateau Dufresne, Montreal, Canada
Victoria and Albert Museum, Londra, Inghilterra
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germania
Personale di Eero Aarnio presso la Kunsthalle di Helsinki, Finlandia, 2003
Personale di Eero Aarnio presso il Kunstindustrimuseet di Oslo, Norvegia, 2004