Eero Aarnio studied in Helsinki from 1954 until 1957, after which the Finnish designer opened an office to support interior and industrial modern designs. His furniture remains some of the most innovative designs available on the market in terms of classic chairs with retro egg chairs mimicking the standard he set. Transitioning from fiber glass to safer plastic materials, his Ball Chair was ready for manufacturing a year after opening his personal shop and remains a popular item for modern homes. The futuristic industry of the 1960s inspired many shapes for other modern chairs as well.
Some of his designs from the 1960s captured the essence of popular culture at the time, offering science-fiction based designs used in films. His designs capture simple geometric forms making them ideal for 1960s science fiction films as well as modern classic use. While the initial designs remained the same as now, the materials used in the products has changed slightly. Later work replaced the use of fiberglass with plastic. Now, the modern classic chairs are created in safe manufacturing environments.
Aarnio’s designs have been showcased at exhibitions and solo exhibitions around the world. He had solo exhibitions entitled That’s it, at the Art Gallery Arvore, Porto in Portugal during 2001 followed by the Eero Aarnio, Kunsthalle in Helsinki, Finland in 2003. In 2004 he was featured in Oslo, Norway at the solo exhibition, Eero Aarnio – popfantasier og sittende dagdrømmer, Kunstindustrimuseet. He made his way to Denmark in 2005 where his solo exhibition, Forestil dig en rund stol, was showcased at the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen. That same year the Embassy of Finland showcased another solo exhibition in Washington, D.C., entitled Pop Fantasies: Furniture Design by Eero Aarnio. The same solo exhibition, Fantasías del Pop. El diseño de Eero Aarnio, made its way to Mexico City in 2007 at the Museo Franz Mayer. Germany showcased another solo exhibition at the Embassy of Finland in Berlin with “Retropop, Phantasie und Tagträume”.