National Design Museum shows Eero Aarnio

By on December 8, 2016

During Stockholm Design Week 2017 opens the National Museum of Design an exhibition about and with the Finnish interior designer Eero Aarnio. Aarnio is one of the internationally best-known designers in the modern Finnish design history. In the 1960s, he attracted attention for his experimental design and its futuristic chairs in reinforced plastic.

and then I got a crazy idea!”
Eero Aarnio

The exhibition presents one of the foremost design icons for more than seven decades extended the concept of what a piece of furniture can be and how it might look. Throughout his designer life has Eero Aarnio (b. 1932) experimented with shape and materials, technologies and manufacturing processes. Already in 1966 was presented the chair Thunderball / The Ball Chair at the Furniture Fair in Cologne, which instantly made him world famous.

Through five themes – Artifact, Mind, Time, Process and Production – reflected Eero Aarnio willful and playful approach, design processes and manufacturing. The exhibition shows both some of the most well-known furniture from the 1960s and 1970s as objects and furniture from the 2000s as well as Magis Alessi.

The exhibition is produced by the Design Museum in Helsinki, where it was shown in the summer and autumn of 2016. Fully in the spirit of Eero Aarnio is the scenography experimental and playful, including moving some podiums around the exhibition space while others are spinning slowly on its axis. Alongside the objects presented even more rarely seen original sketches and materials from Aarnio’s own desk and the factories’ production lines that illustrate the design process.

Curator: Suvi Saloniemi, Design Museum, Helsinki
Exhibition Design: Ville Kokkonen and Florencia Colombo
Robotic technology: GIM Robotics Ltd, Finland

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