Though certain pieces from Finnish designer Eero AArnio (b. 1932) are
ubiquitous—most notably, the space-age Bubble Chair swing—few would know
his name or much of the rest of his catalog, which often looks as if it
were discarded from the set of the British sci-fi series Space: 1999.
“His work is both fun and expressive,” says designer Tord Boontje, who
has a particular fondness for Aarnio’s childlike, albeit adult-size,
molded-foam Pony seat. “He’s a master of plastic, and created some of
the loveliest objects of the 20th century.”