Alessi Diva watering can by Eero Aarnio. “Diva” watering can: Known for such iconic designs as his “Ball Chair” (1966), “Pastil Chair” (1967) and “Bubble Chair” (1968), Finland’s Eero Aarnio is one of the leading innovators in contemporary Scandinavian design. He interests me because I see in him a sort of childlike elder, an eternal boy, always ready to grasp the playful and paradoxical aspects of the design world. In short, a sort of “Scandinavian ludicism” far from the austere professionalism prevalent in Northern Europe design. The projects we’re presenting today are the first in a series of objects that is destined to be expanded.”
- Alberto Alessi “I can remember the smile on Alberto Alessi’s face when I presented my first drawings to him at the beginning of our collaboration two years ago. They were the designs for the “Diva” watering can and the little “Mouse” bottle opener.
- I think both of them are very functional objects, a little humorous and they turned out to be the first objects selected for production.
- I approach product design from two different angles: firstly, from a study of the possibilities that new materials bring to the design process and secondly, through creativity based solely on feelings, which brings you closer to art and endless possibilities.
- When these two approaches are combined, new and surprising products can emerge.” - Eero Aarnio
- Size Description
Width 28 cm (11″)
Deep 10.8 cm (4.3″)
Height 31 cm (12.2″)
Eero Aarnio was born in 1932 in Finland, where he studied from 1954 to 1957 at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. In 1962 he opened his own office as an interior and industrial designer where he began to pursue his pioneering use of plastics in his furniture design. Unencumbered by the limitations of conventional materials, Aarnio was free to let his creative vision run free, producing shapes and colors never before seen in modern furniture design. His work including the Bubble Chair, Pony Chair, Pastil Chair, and Ball Chair have rightfully taken on the stature and right to be called Modern Classics.