"Pastille" chair

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Eero J. Aarnio (Finnish, b. 1932)
Distributed by Stendig Inc. United States
"Pastille" chair, 1968–1975, designed 1968
Fiberglass
21 × 35 in. (53.34 × 88.9 cm)
Gift of Friends of Art M2001.129
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Currently on View
K116

Round and colorful, Aarnio’s Pastilli chair is reminiscent of the Italian candies from which the name is derived. Aarnio originally conceived the chair as a way to fill the empty, cushioned space inside the Ball chair, which he’d designed a few years earlier, so the two products could be packaged and shipped together. He had also intended for the Pastilli chair to function as a rocking chair, but soon realized that the fiberglass construction allowed for year-round outdoor use, including sledding in the winter and floating on water in the summertime.


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