Based on the idea of the Ball Chair the Bubble Chair is a reduction of this design. As Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said: Less is more! A masterpiece of reduction.
Aarnio about Bubble Chair: “After I had made the Ball Chair I wanted to have the light inside it and so I had the idea of a transparent ball where light comes from all directions. The only suitable material is acrylic which is heated and blown into shape like a soap bubble. Since I knew that the dome-shaped skylights are made in this way I contacted the manufacturer and asked if it would be technically possible to blow a bubble that is bigger than a hemisphere. The answer was yes. I had a steel ring made, the bubble was blown and cushions were added and the chair was ready. And again the name was obvious: BUBBLE.”
‘There is no nice way to make a clear pedestal’ Eero Aarnio notes. That is the lucky reason why the Bubble Chair hangs from the ceiling.
Like the Ball Chair the Bubble Chair also impresses the user by the special accoustic. The Bubble Chair swallows the sounds and you feel isolated inside in a pleasant way, even when you are in a crowded place. At the EXPO 2000 in Hannover eleven Bubble Chairs were installed in the Cycle Bowl “Blue Box” of the Grüne Punkt Deutschland Pavillion as small, individual information spaces whithin the library.
The Norwegean phonecompany Telenor has installed some Bubble Chairs in the entrance hall of their new building in Oslo to offer calm “rooms” for mobile phoning. The transparent chair is used in music videos, advertising and fashion magazines.
Celebreties like Darryl Hannah, Donnatella Versace and Nina Hagen have enjoyed the Bubble Chair on foto shootings and Carmen Electra on cover of the December 2000 issue of Playboy.