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Orbit Lounge Chair - CH7144

Inspired by Eero Aarnio, "Ball Chair" 

Interesting Facts:

  • The Ball Chair - or Globe Chair as it's called sometimes - was designed by using one of the most simple geometrics forms - the ball. Cutting a part away and fixing the result onto a rotating base, Eero Aarnio came to a remarkable result - a completely unconventionally shaped chair.
  • A Ball Chair is a "room within a room" with a cozy and calm atmosphere, protecting outside noises and giving a private space for relaxing or having a phone call.
  • Turning around its own axis on the base the view to the outer space is variable for the user and thus he is not completely excluded from world outside.
  • Aarnio: "The idea of this 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. After some drawing I noticed that shape of the chair had become so simple that it was merely a ball. I pinned the full scale drawing on the wall and "sat" in the chair to see how my head would move when sitting inside it. Being the taller one of us, I "sat" in the chair and my wife drew the course of my head on my wall. this is how I determine the height of the chair. Since I aimed at a ball shape, the other lines were easy to draw, just remembering that the chair would have to fit through a doorway. After this I made the first prototype myself using an inside mould, which has been made using the same principle as a glider fuselage or wing. I covered the plywood body mould with wet paper and laminated the surface with fiberglass, rubbed down the outside, removed the mould from inside, had it upholstered and added the leg. In the end I installed the red telephone on the inside wall of the chair. the naming part of the chair was easy, the Ball Chair was born." 
Dimensions: 109w x 97d x 120h cm 

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