Eero Aarnio is a Finnish designer who was one of the first to create furniture from fiberglass and plastic. Aarnio studied industrial design at the University of Helsinki. In 1962 he founded his own company as an industrial and interior designer.
As new materials, fiberglass and plastics came to characterize Aarnio's designs, providing almost unlimited potential to create new shapes, colors and designs. His Thunderball armchair was presented in 1966 at the international furniture fair in Cologne and launched Aarnio's international career. Aarnio’s basic premise was that “A chair is a chair, is a chair, is a chair ... but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair.” This thought was expressed in his design through fundamental geometric elements such as the sphere and the ellipse.
Over the years Eero Aarnio has garnered several international and Finnish awards, including the International Design Award of the American Institute of Interior Designers in 1968, Kaj Franck Design Prize, 2008 and the 2010 Pro Finlandia prize.