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Eero Aarnio, Nationalmuseum Design - Stockholm (ph: Paavo Lehtonen)

| Designbest editorial staff


ithout a doubt, we’ve all raised a smile when looking at Eero Aarnio’s Bubble Chair, a real pop-art icon. From the 8th February until the 23rd April 2017, at the Nationalmuseum Design in Stockholm, Sweden, there’s a new retrospective on Eero Aarnio, one of the top Scandinavian designers of all time.

Born in 1932, Finnish professor, interior designer and architect Eero Aarnio gained great acclaim due to his innovative vision.

Furniture, lamps, home accessories and collectors’ items from the sixties and seventies are displayed alongside twenty-first century pieces designed for top brands like Alessi and Magis. This exhibition illustrates, in a fun and ironic way, a career built on constant experimentation, clearly demonstrated by his iconic plastic chairs from the sixties (Ball Chair in 1966, Pastile in 1967, Bubble Chair in 1968). At that time, using plastics, a material which had generally been snubbed by the design industry, was considered a real ground breaking concept. And this is why, they are part of the permanent collection at MoMa, New York.

Colours, curves, irony; this is the vibe of the entire exhibition, curated by Suvi Saloniemi, Ville Kokkonen and Florencia Colombo, and split into five different themes - Artefacts, Mind, Time, Process and Manufacturing. Plus, drawings, sketches and photographs, for the most part unreleased, which come from Eero Aarnio’s private archive, are used to clearly illustrate his philosophy: intimist, inspired by pop-art, playful and distinctly cutting edge.


Where: Nationalmuseum Design, Stockholm, Sweden

When: 8 February – 23 April 2017


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