"The Ball Chair is something between a piece of furniture and a piece of architecture and at the same time embodies both the mobile and the established, the fixed." Aarnio: "The idea of the (ball) chair was very obvious. We had moved to our first home and I had started my free-lance career in 1962.We had a home but no proper big chair, so I decided to make one, but some way a really new one. The result was great. It (the ball chair) was the birth of one of the most remarkable chairs in the furniture history of the 20th century.
This first hand made Ball Chair is still standing in Eero’s house. It was this first prototype two young managers from the company Asko discovered when visiting Eero to see some pine wood designs. They were immediatly impressed and convinced of the phenomenal design. It took a few years to get the ball chair into production. 1966 the Ball Chair was presented at the international furniture fair in Cologne. It was the sensation of the fair, the international breakthrough for Eero Aarnio and the start for a whole line of fibreglass designs by Aarnio.