The Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio


The Ball Chair, also known as the Globe Chair or the Ball Armchair, is a design icon of the 1960s.

In 1962, the famous designer Eero Aarnio started his freelance design activity and moved into his first flat in 1963. It was then that the idea of a round, comfortable and particularly innovative armchair came to mind, as he later expressed it himself. The first step was to determine the perfect dimensions for the comfort of the seat, while respecting the width of a door. Once the sketches were completed, Aarnio designed the first prototype using an inner mould made of plywood with wet paper. After laminating the surface with fibreglass, he had to wipe off the outer part and then remove the mould from the inside. The last step was to upholster the prototype, add the leg and then the telephone to the inside wall. The name of the chair was an obvious choice.

Some time later, two employees of the Finnish company Asko visited Eero Aarnio’ s home to see some of his pinewood designs. They fell in love with the chair and were eager to produce it. It was not until 1966 that the Ball Chair was produced and presented at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne. The international success was immediate and incredible.

The Ball Chair continues to seduce all design lovers. Considered as a relaxing bubble, the chair is perfect for a moment of relaxation. Thanks to its swivel foot, the user can stay in touch with his interlocutors.

The Ball Chair was produced by Asko from 1966 to 1980 and from 1983 to 1987. Since 1992 it has been reissued by Adelta.

There is an unauthorised copy: the Sphere chair. It is possible to distinguish them thanks to the technical details: the Ball Chair is composed of a fibreglass shell (1st edition in granular polyester), a moulded aluminium swivel foot and an interior lined with foam covered with skai or leather. The Sphere Chair has a polished metal base.

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Thanks to its original shape, the Ball Chair has been featured in many films such as Mars Attacks, Clockwork Orange and Moon Zero Two.


Moon Zero Two


Mars Attacks


Françoise Hardy photographed by Jean-Marie Perier