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It hangs from the ceiling, swaying back and forth like a swing. It’s round, like a ball. It’s big and thick enough to isolate you in your own little world of privacy and comfort. Yet it’s also transparent, allowing you full view of whatever might be going on in the world around you. It’s the Bubble chair – and it’s possibly the most fun a person can have sitting down.
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Created in 1968 by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, the Bubble Chair is one of those iconic, modern ‘60s shapes that completely changed people’s concept of what a chair was supposed to be, and could be. Today, it serves as a classic example of space-age design, and continues to add fun and excitement to well-furnished living rooms and lounges around the world.
The Bubble Chair was actually a follow-up to the first chair design based on a ball shape, Aarnio’s equally-iconic (and aptly named) Ball Chair. Aarnio began by sketching one of the simplest geometric forms - the ball – and cutting part out to create a chair that is also a “room within a room”. The Bubble Chair was inspired by Aarnio’s desire to bring light into his ball, and subsequent realization that the best way to accomplish this aim was to make the ball transparent, like a soap bubble. He contacted a skylight manufacturer and asked him to blow the clear acrylic used in skylights into a bubble shape. The bubble was blown, the seat was added, and a design icon was born.
Aarnio had but one challenge left. What would his magical new chair rest on? His aesthetic sense made placing the chair on a pedestal similar to that of the ball chair a no-no, as he saw no way to create a clear pedestal for his creation without compromising the design. Instead, he opted for the not-so-obvious and hung the chair from above rather than set it on the floor. The result? A bubble, a swing, and a chair – and a piece of furniture that’s truly one of a kind.
At Iconic Interiors we are committed to bringing you the cream of modern designer furniture. The design of every item we supply has stood the test of time, looking as fresh and contemporary today as the day it was first conceived. Also visit our sister site at: Modern Classic Bauhaus Furniture
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