Miniature Aarnio Ball Chair by Vitra Design2381
Vitra Miniature: Eero Aarnio Ball Chair
Vitra Miniature Chair, new in wooden collectors box with brochure.
Miniature Aarnio Ball Chair from 1965 by Vitra Design. Aarnio's Ball Chair design reduced in size at a scale of 1:6. The modern Ball Chair is a classic in the history of modern furniture. This Ball by Aarnio is a Vitra original miniature chair. This amazing and highly detailed miniature is an exact copy of the original large version! This is the largest of all Vitra miniatures available! The miniature comes in a wooden box with a brochure which provides art-historical information on the background to the design, biography of the designer, and the production history of the respective chair.
Size: 8.27" x 7.48" x 6.85".
Materials: White high gloss fiberglass, red fabric.
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Eero Aarnio about his Ball Chair:
"The idea of the chair was very obvious. We had moved to our first home and I had started my free-lance career in 1962. We had a home but no proper big chair, so I decided to make one, but some way a really new one.
After some drawing I noticed that the shape of the chair had become so simple that it was merely a ball. I pinned the full scale drawing on the wall and sat' in the chair to see how my head would move when sitting inside it. Being the taller one of us I sat' in the chair and my wife drew the course of my head on the wall. This is how I determined the height of the chair. Since I aimed at a ball shape, the other lines were easy to draw, just remembering that the chair would have to fit through a doorway.
After this I made the first prototype myself using an inside mould, which has been made using the same principle as a glider fuselage or wing. I covered the plywood body mould with wet paper and laminated the surface with fiberglass, rubbed down the outside, removed the mould from inside, had it upholstered and added the leg. In the end I installed the red telephone on the inside wall of the chair. The naming part of the chair was easy, the BALL CHAIR was born."
The result was great. It was the birth of one of the most remarkable chairs in the furniture history of the 20th century.
This first hand made Ball Chair is still standing in Eero's house. It was this first prototype two young managers from the company Asko discovered when visiting Eero to see some pine wood designs. They were immediatly impressed and convinced of the phenomenal design. It took a few years to get it into production.
1966 the Ball Chair was presented at the international furniture fair in Cologne. It was the sensation of the fair, the international breakthrough for Eero Aarnio and the start for a whole line of fibreglass designs by Aarnio.