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At the first sight the Tomato Chair looks complicated, but the second look shows an intelligent combination of 3 circles with same diameter, two of them being armrests, one stretched to a comfortable back, and even a fourth half circle up side down giving the chair a consequent seat.
When looking at the Tomato Chair from different angles it is more than a chair, it is a sculpture. The Tomato Chair visualizes how Aarnio plays with round shapes.
About the Designer Eero Aarnio, a Finnish designer who pioneered the use of plastic in Industrial Design. Plastic material set the designers free to create every shape and use every color they wanted. This gave birth to objects oscillating between function and fun - but always fascinating ones. He studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki (1954-1957) and started in 1962 with his own office as an interior and industrial designer.
Among his creations were Ball Chair (globe chair), Pastil Chair (American Design Award 1968), Tomato Chair, Bubble Chair, Parabel Table, Focus Chair, Tipi.
'A product idea can come about in many different ways and here is one of them. I realized that Pastil Chair floats and carries the person who sits in it in water but it is very rickety. If there were three items like two great armrests and the back of the chair would be stable, and this is how the idea of the TOMATO Chair was born. The name reflects its looks: looking at the chair from the front there are two round shapes i.e. two circles like in the word tOmatO.' - Eero Aarnio
Features: Available in three (3) colors Suitable for indoor or outdoor use Able to float, ideal for pool or lake use Made of fibreglass Provides stable comfort
Dimension 27.5' H x 55' W x 44.5' D Colors white, red, green (plastics) Materials fibreglass Dimensions Length: 140cm Width: 113cm Height: 70cm