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Iconic Eero Aarnio Red Tomato Chair

US$4,212per item

About

Eero has always been drawn to the circular form and is perhaps best known for his designs ‘without edges’. The Tomato chair combines three circles on a basic seat, with two as armrests, one stretched to be a comfortable back. It is made of fibreglass which makes it suitable for outdoor use as well. Tomato was designed in 1971 by Eero Aarnio. Fibreglass, Gelcoat finish.

Customization Options

red or white

Details

  • Creator
    Eero Aarnio (Designer)
  • Design
    Tomato Chair
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.99 in. (66 cm)Width: 55.52 in. (141 cm)Depth: 44.89 in. (114 cm)Seat Height: 9.85 in. (25 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2020
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Red tomato1stDibs: LU4465221034482

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    Ships From: Garfield, NJ
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About the Design

Tomato Chair

Designed by Eero Aarnio
In looking at Finnish designer Eero Aarnio’s (b. 1932) big red fiberglass Tomato chair, you can see how it got its name, and it’s not just due to its buoyantly crimson color. As Aarnio explained: “It is named to reflect the two round shapes when you look from the front: like the two circles in the word tOmatO.” The 1971 chair was one of several in his explorations of circular forms, or designs “without edges” as he put it. It also exemplifies his radical departure from Scandinavian modernism, a movement centered on natural materials and minimalist forms promoted by designers including Alvar Aalto and Aarnio’s mentor, Ilmari Tapiovaara. Aarnio instead preferred the sculptural possibilities of synthetic materials and the use of fiberglass and plastic to create brilliantly colored furniture and design objects. After studying at Helsinki’s Institute of Industrial Arts, Aarnio opened his own studio in 1962. A year later, he designed the Ball chair. A hollowed-out, molded fiberglass orb set upon an aluminum base, the Ball chair is one of his most revered designs. Aarnio followed this with a suspended version: the 1968 Bubble chair, which is made from transparent plastic. The Tomato chair would take this circle-based seating still further. The Tomato chair brings together three spheres — all with the same diameter — to make a balanced piece. Two large orbs are used as armrests and one is the back in a form similar to Aarnio’s curvy 1967 Pastil chair. He imagined that the durable piece could not only be used indoors and outdoors but also on the water: “For this I thought ‘a-ha!’ — the Pastil chair floats, it can carry a person across water, but it is not completely stable for this purpose. If I added armrests and a more defined chair back then it would be fun for the water.” Aarnio continues to find new ways to create playful objects that make fresh statements on design, and today, Eero Aarnio Originals manufactures the Tomato chair. A 2016 Design Museum Helsinki retrospective featured the piece alongside his cactus-like 2001 Double Bubble lamp (cast in plastic) and his 2003 abstracted Puppy, a polyethylene toy, stool and sculpture. Although each offers a spirited take on structure and color, Aarnio has always prioritized function. With its bold silhouette and fire-hydrant hue, the Tomato chair is both a welcoming seat and an expression of how simple shapes can be endlessly innovated.
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