Compare the Pair #15: Compare the Chair

4anish-kapoor-hollowLeft: “Hollow“(2012) fibreglass & paint by Anish KapoorNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor was born on 12 March 1954, in Bombay. Kapoor lived and worked in London during the 1970s studying art at the Hornsey College of Art and then at the Chelsea School of Art and Design. Kapoor went on to teach at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1979; and in 1982 was Artist in Residence at the Walker Art Gallery, in Liverpool.

  • In 1990, Kapoor represented Britain in the XLIV Venice Biennale and was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize.
  • In 2013, he received a Knighthood for services to visual arts; and in 2014, Kapoor was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Oxford.  


The Ball Chair – or Globe Chair (right) as its alternative name, was designed by using one of the most simple geometric forms – the ball. It was designed by Eero Aarnio in 1963.

The Ball Chair is a “room within a room” with a cozy and calm atmosphere, protecting outside noises and giving a private space for relaxing or having a phone call. Turning around its own axis on the base; the view to the outer space is variable for the user and thus not completely excluded from world outside.

  • In 1966, the Ball Chair was presented at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne. It was the sensation of the fair, and the breakthrough for Eero Aarnio and the start for a whole line of fibreglass Aarnio designs.

So, to compare the pair: we need to look at each chair up there and to celebrate both with great fanfare!

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