Eero Aarnio

“Emotion creates and reason executes”.




In 1932 one of the great creative minds of design was born in Helsinki, Finland. Eero Aarnio – the name, person and work – has been crossing frontiers for several decades. He began in 1963, possibly it can be said, with the Ball Chair, the piece Eero describes even today as a “a train’s locomotive”. An iconic piece, followed by others, such as the Pastil Chair or the Puppy, the renowned abstract dog. Among the many collaborations he gave body and shape are brands such as Vitra and Magis, and many of his pieces can be admired in museums such as Victoria and Albert Museum or MoMA. At 87, Eero Aarnio keeps completing the world with his creative genius, combining beauty with comfort and enhanced ergonomics, always with the motto: “emotion creates and reason executes”.





What led you to study Arts in the Institute of Industrial Arts?

When I was young, I was always interested in drawing and building miniature models of airplanes, boats and cars. So it was a natural transition for me to pursue a design related field of study.

We can say that the Ball Chair launched your career. What does that piece mean to you?

One can say that the Ball Chair was, and still is, like the locomotive in a train, pulling a long line of railcars behind.
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Featured in ROOF 23 – RESET





Among the many collaborations he gave body and shape are brands such as Vitra and Magis, and many of his pieces can be admired in museums such as Victoria and Albert Museum or MoMA.


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