Furniture Designer Focus: Eero Aarnio

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January 12, 2010
Originally published in Always Modern
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Eero Dynamic

Eero Aarnio’s persistent quest for functional forms and manufacturing processes has been at the center of his iconic and prolific career.

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  Aarnio turned 75 in 2007, but the commissions continue to flood in.
    Aarnio turned 75 in 2007, but the commissions continue to flood in.
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  A proliferation of Puppies, Aarnio’s 2005 design for Italian manufacturer Magis, gather in the living room of his Veikkola, Finland, home. Aarnio’s playful spirit, evident in the iconic Ball Chair, is alive and well in his new work.
    A proliferation of Puppies, Aarnio’s 2005 design for Italian manufacturer Magis, gather in the living room of his Veikkola, Finland, home. Aarnio’s playful spirit, evident in the iconic Ball Chair, is alive and well in his new work.
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  A trio of miniature Pastil Chairs.
    A trio of miniature Pastil Chairs.
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  Aarnio’s tools of the trade.
    Aarnio’s tools of the trade.
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  A miniature Ball Chair.
    A miniature Ball Chair.
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  The Rocket stool, Aarnio’s 2007 design for venerable Finnish producer Artek.
    The Rocket stool, Aarnio’s 2007 design for venerable Finnish producer Artek.
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  Roll of tracing paper in hand, Aarnio contemplates his next move in his home office addition.
    Roll of tracing paper in hand, Aarnio contemplates his next move in his home office addition.
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  Aarnio works out his designs digitally at a drafting table.
    Aarnio works out his designs digitally at a drafting table.
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  The Bubble Chair is made from a single sheet of heated acrylic.
    The Bubble Chair is made from a single sheet of heated acrylic.
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  The Formula, Pastil, and Tomato Chairs (pictured here) all follow a similiar typology.
    The Formula, Pastil, and Tomato Chairs (pictured here) all follow a similiar typology.
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  The Aarnios’ living room includes a wall of magazine covers featuring the designer’s work and a pair of white Pony chairs, Aarnio’s 1973 design.
    The Aarnios’ living room includes a wall of magazine covers featuring the designer’s work and a pair of white Pony chairs, Aarnio’s 1973 design.
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  Eero and Pirkko Aarnio, in their home’s kitchen, have been married for over 50 years.
    Eero and Pirkko Aarnio, in their home’s kitchen, have been married for over 50 years.
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  The home also features an elegant sauna—this is Finland after all.
    The home also features an elegant sauna—this is Finland after all.
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