The Ball Chair was designed by Eero Aarnio in 1963. Presented to the world at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne in 1966, it quickly became Aarnio's international breakthrough and an icon of the 1960's space age. Eero Aarnio has always been fascinated by new materials and round shapes – one of his favourite materials is fibreglass, which gives the chair a free, elastic shape. The round shell of the Ball Chair is simple yet ingenious, and has often been referred to as a “room in a room”.

The Ball Chair is one of the best-known classics of Finnish design, even though its modernist, futuristic design differs from the natural and minimalist Scandinavian design traditions. The Ball Chair can be found in the collections of several design museums around the world, and through the years, it has also made numerous pop culture cameos in films, music videos and magazine covers.

The Ball Chair was updated in 2021 and upholstered with a wool blend fabric specially developed for the chair. The iconic piece comes in an array of colour combinations, with the white upholstery option underlining the space-age aesthetics and the round shape of the chair.

Eero Aarnio Originals

Ball Chair, white



2–4 months



105 cm
98 cm
120 cm
Seat height
37 cm
Shell of fibreglass
Upholstery fabric
EA2021 White 01: 80% wool, 20% polyamide
Abrasion resistance
100,000 Martindale
40 kg
For the Ball Chair to fit through your door, the doorway must be at least 79 cm wide and there must be an unobstructed 127.3 cm path on both sides of the door.

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Eero Aarnio

Eero Aarnio (b. 1932) is a Finnish designer and professor h.c. and is considered one of the great innovators of modern furniture design. During the years, Aarnio has experimented with a variety of different materials, including plastic, fibreglass and foam plastic. With these materials he has created some of the icons of Finnish design such as the Ball Chair (1962), Bubble Chair (1968) and Pastil Chair (1968), just to name a few. 

Famous for his furniture, Eero Aarnio is renowned also for his lamps – such as Double Bubble and Swan – and has proven his skills as a wood designer as well – for example with the Rocket bar stool and the Baby Rocket stool are excellent examples of his wooden designs. Eero Aarnio’s designs are characterized by a positive attitude and joyful nature, exemplified in works like the playful Puppy or the lovely Dino.

Aarnio’s creations are present in the collections of numerous museums worldwide – including the Victoria and Albert Hall Museum in London, the MoMA in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris – and he has won many prestigious international design awards, such as the Red Dot Design Award and the Compasso d’Oro Design Award.

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