The finnish designer Eero Aarnio was born in 1932. He studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki from 1954 to 1957 and started his own office in 1962 as an interior and industrial designer.
He designed the iconic Ball Chair in 1963 - its fibre glass material and shape were novelties for that period's furniture industry. In the following years fibre glass became one of Aarnio's favorite materials, allowing him to design ergonomic forms without restrictions - and intriguing new ones too.
He earned an international reputation with the Pastil Chair (American Industrial Design-Award 1968) and Tomato Chair.