Born in 1932, Finnish designer Eero Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and worked as an interior decorator, photographer, industrial and graphic designer before he began working with plastic as a medium for high-end furniture. Of these pieces, his iconic "Ball Chair" and "Bubble Chair" are some of the most well-known. Other notable pieces include a selection of light-hearted, animal-shaped chairs beloved by children and kids-at-heart adults alike. Those who cannot afford his high-end furniture but still love his quirky yet quality work with plastic can rejoice over his product line for Alessi. These everyday objects with playful twists are a great way to showcase your personality with items you use often and also make fantastic friendly and functional gifts.