Modern Classics:
The Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair

Modern Classics:
The Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair

Nancy Mitchell
Sep 20, 2012

The Bubble Chair, created by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio in 1968, is the epitome of space age-y modernism. The design is delightfully simple (really, the name says it all) as well as just plain delightful. Who wouldn't want to sit suspended from the ceiling in their own personal orb?

Those familiar with the work of Eero Aarnio will recognize the Bubble Chair's resemblance to his Ball Chair, introduced in 1963. Though the design is similar — sitting in a circle feels good, y'all — the Bubble Chair took the idea one step further. Freed from the need for support from the floor, the chair could be made entirely of translucent acrylic.

Its translucency and the simplicity of its design mean that the Bubble Chair has a tendency to take on the style of whatever room it's in. I think this helps to explain why it's evolved past space age-y 60s interiors to pretty much any interior. Plus, there's the fact that sitting in a swing that looks like a giant bubble is just plain cool.

1. Manuel Zublena via French by Design.
2. The bubble chair is a fun and innovative solution for a bay window, since it can provide seating without blocking the view. Home of interior designer Sarah Vanrenen.
3. An overstuffed, printed pillow tempers the chair's space-ageyness just enough to make it play nice with midcentury furnishings. My Scandinavian home via SF Girl by Bay.
4. The bubble chair lightens up a living room that teems with pattern. From Lonny.
5. Once more in the bay window. From GAP Interiors.

6. Eero Aarnio himself, sitting in his own creation. From Apartment Therapy's tour of the designer's Finland Home.
7. Two bubble chairs equals twice the fun in a kids' space from HGTV.
8. Next to a dreamy canopy bed, from House of Turquoise.
9. Totally retro, from Desire to Inspire.
10. The Design Files

(Images: as linked above)

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