Eero Aarnio made the first prototype of the Pastil chair out of polystyrene, which helped him to verify the measurements, ergonomics and rocking ability.
The Pastil Chair design by Eero received the American Industrial Award in 1968. New York Times wrote about the Ball Chair and Pastil Chair at this time: "the most comfortable forms to hold up the human body", and the Conran's Design Dictionary says "they look like essays in period style, perhaps from Barbarella". Aarnio explains that the shape can be looked at from many angles.
The shape comes from a small sweetie, pastil, but in this case the idea was, that a lot of empty, cushioned space is sent to the other side of the world inside the Ball Chair. A new round chair would fit into this space, and so the diameter of the Pastil is the same as the opening of the Ball Chair.
Available in green, yellow, orange, red, white, pink, blue, and black. Authentic Pastil Chair, from Finland.
H20.5 D36.6 W36.6 inches
Always interested in learning about new ways of manufacturing and seeing, if they are appropriate to realize his ideas in designing - a maximum liberty of formation. So he found plastic (in this case MDPE medium density polyethylene) which offers mostly the same qualities as fibreglass, but much cheaper in production getting a high quality product.
Lead time: 6 to 8 weeks