One of the themes of mid-century design is that it objects are often made to appear almost weightless – witness the way in which the ground floors of buildings are made of almost open space or walls are just seemingly continuous sheets of glass.
It looks a little like magic.
There is one brilliant way that you can bring this magic to your home: Eero Aarnio’s 1968 Bubble Chair.
The Bubble was made as a follow up to Aarnio’s earlier Ball, also available from Pash, and was designed as a way of making a chair without a pedestal that would flood with light – one that appears to float in the air.
He said: “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 solution that Aarnio achieved was an acrylic ball that was lined with cushions, something that is both comfortable and a spectacular addition to any living or office space. On its unveiling, the Bubble was immediately recognised as a design icon and has since become a kind of visual shorthand for 1960s chic.
One thing about the Bubble chair that is not immediately apparent until you sit inside is the way in which you are isolated from the sounds of the outside world. It is a cocoon with a 360 degree view.
Of course, some people don’t have anywhere to suspend a Bubble and, for them, Pash also offers a version with a stand. It doesn’t appear to float in the air in quite the same way, but it is an equally striking piece of furniture.