Retail design website DesignStory has announced an exclusive deal with Finnish designer Eero Aarnio to sell his new Soap Chair, and several established pieces not previously available in the U.S. Aarnio is famous for creating the ubiquitous Ball Chair and the Bubble Chair. Aarnio takes his inspiration from the shapes around him and the Soap Chair, as Remodelista reports, was inspired by a hand-held bar of soap. A niche in the chair arm holds a remote or cell phone. It is being manufactured in the same factory in Finland that has made all of his other products over the past 40 years.
"We are honored to be the first, and only, retailer to offer Eero Aarnio's Soap Chair for its worldwide launch," said Mia Lewin, co-founder and chief executive officer, DesignStory. "Eero Aarnio was the anchor designer for the launch of DesignStory earlier this year, and we are thrilled to be working with him again to bring his new Soap Chair and other iconic products to US consumers."
DesignStory is offering consumers an early chance to win one of ten limited edition signature series chairs signed by the designer. The promotion will run through November 8, 2010. New users to DesignStory visit www.designstory.com and register to enter. Existing members will go to https://www.designstory.com/promo/soapchair. The chair goes on sale on November 9 through DesignStory. The retail value of the chair is $2,500 but DesignStory's limited-time introductory price is $1,850.