Aila Svenskberg
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Eero Aarnio – Designer of Colour and Joy

Eero Aarnio - Designer of Colour and Joy

-   Aila Svenskberg

A richly illustrated, comprehensive celebration of the life and work of the pop design’s renowned legend.

Interior designer, Professor Eero Aarnio (b. 1932) graduated from the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki in 1957. He gained worldwide renown with his Ball Chair, first introduced in 1966. The spirit of optimism of the period and new industrial raw materials made it possible to expand the whole concept of furniture. Aarnio’s significance as a designer is crystallized in the liberation of form. His experimental approach to design ingeniously applies the properties of materials and the designer’s own boundless imagination.

Aarnio rose to international prominence with the Ball chair, and has ever since created a vast number of colorful and bold design classics, such as the Pastil Chair, the Bubble Chair, the VSOP Chair, the Pony, the Puppy, the Tomato and the Formula. In recent years Aarnio has been widely appreciated also as a lamp designer. Aarnio’s works are included in the collections of the most prestigious museums in the world, such as Victoria and Albert Museum in London, MoMA in New York and Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.

Eero Aarnio – Designer of Colour and Joy sheds light on Aarnio’s immense production and on his life as well as on the industry’s compelling characteristics from the 1960’s. The book is made in collaboration with the Helsinki Design Museum celebrating Aarnio’s exceptionally productive 50-year career with an inclusive exhibition in 2016.

Writers include Silvana Annicchiarico (Director of the Triennale Design Museum, Milan), Sanna Simola (industrial designer) and design writers Laura Houseley (UK), as well as Anna-Kaisa Huusko, Hannu Pöppönen, Aila Svenskberg and Sami Sykkö (all from Finland). The CEOs of the Italian Alessi and Magis design corporations also tell about their collaboration with Eero Aarnio. The gorgeous graphic design of the book is made by the Bond Agency.

“And then I got this completely crazy idea!” – Eero Aarnio

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English edition
Finnish edition


Praise for the Work

The matte paper and the bright neon graphics make the hardcover book a real eye-catcher and a haptic experience. Despite the great success of the designer, there are not many books about  Eero Aarnio. The last big book about the designer appeared almost 15 years ago and has an almost old-fashioned charm. Thus, the new publication has its urgent justification, not only because of its looks, but also because of its content. The book, published in 2016, is available in a Finnish and an English edition and contains unpublished phtographs and drawings by the designer. Private photographs depict the life of Eero Aarnio, who has spent most of his time working from home, and always appears in all events accompanied by his wife Pirkko. – Designlines (Germany)