The Bubble chair is considered one of the most significant icons from the Aarnio collection. Other retailers sell this piece for $3876. Gibraltar offers the same piece for thousands less!
Eero Aarnio is one of the pioneers in using plastic in industrial design. Plastic material set designers free to create every shape, form, and color they wanted. This gave birth to objects oscillating between function and fun.
This Finnish designer was born in 1932, and studied from 1954 to 1957 at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. This modern masterpiece reproduction chair is made out of molded fiberglass and features a painted aluminum cast base.
Based on the idea of the Ball Chair, the Bubble Chair is a reduction of this design. Aarnio said about his Bubble Chair “After I had made the Ball Chair I wanted to have light inside it and so I had the idea of a transparent ball where light comes from all directions. The only suitable material is acrylic which is heated and blown into shape like a soap bubble. Since I knew that dome-shaped skylights were made in this way I contacted the manufacturer and asked if it would be technically possible to blow a bubble that is bigger than a hemisphere. The answer was yes. So, I had a steel ring made, the bubble was blown and when the cushions were added the chair was ready, and the name was obvious: “bubble.”
Clear acrylic hanging bubble chair with silver-color vinyl cushions; chain included. Minor swirls from polishing are not a defect.
The 12MM clear clear acrylic plastic shell includes a silver color vinyl pillow and a 8′ chain for hanging the chair from a post or from a ceiling.
Comes in Clear with Silver Cushions
42.75″H x 42.75″W x 25″D
Seat Cushion Depth: 22″
When Eero Aarnio had the first idea for the Ball Chair in 1963, fiberglass was a relatively new material as glass reinforced products were not batch Produced as they are today nobody . The only possibility was to craft the chair with his own hands. It took Eero and his brother in law nearly one year until the first prototype was ready.
The prototype was a success; it is still standing in its original place in Finland. By coincidence two young product managers from the company ASKO discovered the Ball Chair when visiting Eero in order to look at some pine wood chairs. They immediately realized the potential of this design icon. In 1966 for the first time the chair was presented at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne. Celebrities bought copies of the original for their homes and it found itself in a variety of Design Museums throughout the world.
The design of the chair was not only striking to look at but it was also comfortable and relaxing to sit in for long periods of time. The chair has been described as ”a room within a room”. It offers shelter, a calming atmosphere and privacy for the seated person. Some models of the chair have had telephones built into them.
The chair has featured in films such as ‘Tommy’, ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Moon Zero Two’. It also featured in such classic television Programmes as ‘The Prisoner’.It has even been used by Vivienne Westwood in one of her shows.
We feature this edition in your choice of Red Interior with Gloss White Shell, or Black Interior with Gloss White shell. We can also special order the Eero Aarnio Ball Chair with a Gloss Black shell with red or black interior. Special orders for this item have an 8-10 week lead time.
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