Eero Aarnio (1932, Helsinki) studied interior architecture and industrial design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Helsinki from 1954-57. After graduating he worked several years for Asko under head designer Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999). In 1962 he started his own design studio. At the beginning of his career Aarnio designed furniture in the tradition of Scandinavian Design with natural materials. At heart however he was a proponent of innovation and experimented with different materials, especially fibreglass. While shaping wood had its restrictions, fibreglass had great new possibilities. In 1963, his experiments with fibreglass resulted in one of his most iconic designs: the Ball Chair.