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What is this?

Bright green flattened spherical shape, with seat section cupped out.

Why is this in our collection?

The Pastil chair (also known as the Gyro or Rock ‘n’ Roll chair) is one of the great innovative designs in plastic furniture from the late 1960s. Designed by Eero Aarnio, the chair won an American Society of Interior Design award when it was introduced in 1968. It is made of molded plastic with a single seam running around its equator. Its rounded shape allows it to function as a rocking chair, and the plastic makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The Pastil was produced in a number of bright colors including red and deep yellow. Aarnio, who had a design studio near Helsinki in 1963, experimented with rounded furniture forms made of rattan in the mid-1960s before moving into plastics.... more

This is a rocking chair from Finland. It is dated 1968 and we acquired it in 2001. Gift of The Lake St. Louis Historical Society. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

molded fiberglass-reinforced polyester

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 52 x 92 cm (20 1/2 x 36 1/4 in.)

This object was manufactured by Asko Oy and designed by Eero Aarnio

This object was donated by The Lake St. Louis Historical Society

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