A Life Less Ordinary

1932

Eero Aarnio was born on 21 July 1932 in Helsinki, Finland.

1954–57

Studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki.

1956

Married Pirkko Attila.

1958

Wins first prize at the Valmet Trade Mark Competition, Helsinki, Finland

1959–61

Had his two daughters, Marja-Leena in 1959 and Rea in 1961.

1960–62

Designer, Asko Oy, Lahti in Finland. The Grand Chair launches in 1962, Eero’s last project as an employee at Asko.

1964

Wins first prize at the International Furniture Design Competition, Cantu, Italy.

1966

The Ball Chair makes its debut at the Cologne Furniture Fair.

1967

The Cognac Chair originally launches as ‘Sirius’ and aroused international attention as a new piece by the designer of the ‘world- famous Ball Chair’.

1967

The fibreglass Pastil chair launches, made by Artekno.

1968

Presented with the International Design Award of the American Institute of Interior Designers for Pastil Chair.

1968

The form-pressed acrylic Bubble Chair launches.

1973

The world is introduced to ‘Pony’.

1978

Eero Aarnio Design Studio GMBH opens in Cologne, Germany.

1982

Design studio moves to Tapiola, Finland.

1988-89

The Aarnio family moves home and studio to Veikkola, to a house designed by Eero.

1991

Screw table launches.

Made an Honourary Member of SIO (Finnish Association of Interior Designers).

2003-07

Eero begins experimenting more with lighting and lamp design. Double Bubble launches, followed by Origo and Swan.

2005

Children (and adults) all over the world go mad for ‘Puppy’.

Awarded the Interior Innovation Award, Cologne, Germany.

Eero Aarnio Life In Design opens at AXIS Gallery at Tokyo and Tokyo Design Museum, Osaka, Japan.

Designs showcased as part of Golden Generation: Modernism in Finnish Architecture and Design, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

2016

Eero Aarnio exhibition opens at Design Museum Helsinki.