CHAMPION, Eero Aarnio (1970)
Eero Aarnio designed the Champion chair
to his friend Charles Stendig in the USA in 1969. The chair appeared on
the cover of the magazine Avotakka in September 1970. Charles Stendig
intended to put the chair into production but it got lost while en route
to New York. Because of the materials used and the method of production
it has taken 40 years before we are able to welcome the chair at last.
Width 120 cm , height 80 cm, depth 90 cm. Weight appr. 100 kg.
How the new Champion-chair is made
“The method of production of the new Champion-chair is like a
watchmaker’s. There’s no point in producing anything less than perfect”,
says Eero Aarnio. The metal work and the polishing are made by Ilpo
Niiranen from Levyx Oy. Hundreds of working hours are required to cut
and weld steel plates into triangles to assemble the chair legs and the
arm-rests. The steel parts are finished with a layer of varnish to make
them fingerprint-proof. The leather upholstering is only slightly
different from that of the prototype. The prototype had cushions cut
into shape but Eero Aarnio found them slightly lacking in firmness so
the same shape is no longer used in the new Champion-chair.
The new upholstering has more structure which contributes to the new
look of the chair, it is more firm and sculpted. A triangular cushion
has also been added to provide a better back- rest. The leather is the
same high-quality soft Elmogrand-leather used to upholster the
Bossanova-chair designed by Eero Aarnio in 2008. “It is important to try
the chair out properly by sitting in it before proceeding to upholster
it with quality leather”, Aarnio muses. Because the lower ends of the
legs are 5mm above the floor, the chair seems to float in the air.