Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – and the best way to make expensive products more affordable, too. This is the case with the Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair (White), a piece of designer furniture that most average American households can afford. The hanging bubble chair is manufactured by Tribeca Modern.
Of course, an original Eero Aarnio bubble chair will likely cost thousands of dollars more than a replica. Just knock off a zero from the former’s price tag to arrive at the latter’s price, for example, to get an idea of the price difference. But here’s the thing about high-quality replicas – their beauty, durability and versatility in use rival their original counterparts.
Notable Features of Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair
The hanging bubble chair measures 41 inches (width), 32 inches (depth), and 42 inches (height). These are sufficient dimensions for an adult to comfortably sit on the chair, sans the worry about contorting his body. In a few cases, buyers have even said that two children can fit in the chair’s interiors!
In keeping with Eero’s original acrylic bubble hanging chair, the Tribeca Modern piece is made from thick transparent acrylic, a type of thermoplastic. The material is a favorite for designers because of its desirable properties including:
- Reliable durability
Acrylic is used in a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial applications. These include medical implants, vehicle parts, furniture and furnishings, LCD screens, signs and displays, artworks and musical instruments, and even fashion items. Such wide range of applications can be attributed to its durable, stable and sturdy qualities.
The material can withstand great pressure, such as pressure exerted by a solid or liquid mass, depending on its thickness. In this hanging bubble chair, it can carry the weight of a 220-pound male for hours on end. Such durability is a must considering that a bubble chair is a popular place for reading, relaxing, and hanging out.
- Beautiful transparency
Acrylic, especially acrylic sheets, comes in a rainbow of colors with the standards developed in the 1960s by Rohm & Haas. But Eero chose the transparent type because it allowed in the light from all directions. This is a great feature when the bubble chair’s use is as a reading nook.
The transparent property also provides other benefits. You can create the illusion of a room within a room since the bubble chair has a cocoon-like quality to it. You will feel like you’re in a private space yet still be with other people in the house.
You can easily see in and out of the chair. Your room will also feel more spacious even with an additional chair in it because of its glass-like property and hanging arrangement.
Keep in mind that while the acrylic chair has high resistance against shattering and scratching, it’s not 100% resistant. Careful placement of the chair is a must. Be sure to provide sufficient clearance between the wall and chair, as well as between the chair and floor, since it can swing a little.
Once installed, you will find that it is, indeed, akin to your own private nook. The concave shape of the chair deadens exterior sounds and amplifies interior sounds, almost acting like a mini-studio. You can play your iPod with portable speakers inside to get a purer and clearer sound.
You can use the Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair (White) for a wide range of purposes, too. These include as a reading nook, an outdoor oasis, and a hangout place for teens. Just be sure to install it in a place where it will be used well, such as in the living room or patio.
The bubble hanging chair also comes with its own metal chain measuring 78 inches. You can shorten the chain, if necessary, but a 6-inch clearance between the bottom of the chair and the floor is recommended.
You can install the chair as a DIY project provided that you have the right knowledge, skills and tools for it. Otherwise, we suggest hiring a professional carpenter to do the job for best results in safety, balance and stability.
The chair comes with a white cushion. You can remove and reposition it, which adds to its versatile use. You can even make your own cushions, if you want.
The chair has the following benefits:
- Durable materials
- Beautiful and comfortable design
- Heavy weight limit
- Removable cushions
- Provides a private space within the room
- Multiple uses
- Affordable price
The product has these cons:
- May require professional installation
- Acrylic can be subject to scratches
Verdict & Conclusion
The Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair (White) is a great buy for people who want to own a piece of modern history in their homes. Plus, it’s functional uses as a chair adds to its timeless appeal.