The Bubble Chair was actually a follow-up to the first chair design based on a ball shape, Aarnio’s equally-iconic Ball Chair. Aarnio began by sketching one of the simplest geometric forms – the ball – and cutting part out to create a chair that is also a “room within a room”. The Bubble Chair was inspired by Aarnio’s desire to bring light into his ball, and subsequent realization that the best way to accomplish this aim was to make the ball transparent, like a soap bubble.
He contacted a skylight manufacturer and asked him to blow the clear acrylic used in skylights into a bubble shape. The bubble was blown, the seat was added, and a design icon was born.