New major exhibition at the Design Museum exhibits works of one of Finland’s most legendary designers, professor and interior architect Eero Aarnio. Open through the summer season, the retrospective exhibition showcases works from several decades from 1950s until today, presenting the designer’s most recognizable items from the renowned Ball Chair to the favorites of many, the iconic Puppies and Ponies.
Bright colours, playful shapes and innovative materials – those are the characteristics Eero Aarnio is best known for and I was happy to see the playfulness extend also to the exhibition architecture.
Climbing up the stairs to the second floor gallery space, I was first greeted by a giant Pony gliding towards me across the floor! Soon after a Puppy joined the party along with many other iconic Aarnio designs, which have been placed on small robotic podiums, allowing the items to move around the space seemingly freely. Simply genius considering how new innovations have played a major role in Aarnio’s career as a designer as well!
Placed in the centre of the whole exhibition is, of course, one of the most well-known classics of Finnish design, The Ball Chair. In 1966, the Ball Chair was first presented at an international furniture fair in Cologne, and it ended up being the sensation of the fair, as well as the international breakthrough for Eero Aarnio and the start for a whole line of fibreglass designs by Aarnio. These days, the chair can be found in the collection of design museums all over the world.
In addition to the artefacts, the exhibition introduces visitors also to the design process behind the items with an extensive range of sketches, photographs and prototypes on display.
Exhibition runs until September 25th, 2016.
Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, www.designmuseum.fi