“One of the coolest pieces of furniture around.”
The Ball Chair is on permanent display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Helsinki’s Design Museum, Paris’s Musée National d’Art Moderne, and Montreal’s Museum of Decorative Arts of Montreal.
It has featured in the TV Series The Prisoner (1967) and feature films such as Tommy (1975), Dazed and Confused (1993) and Mars Attacks! (1996)
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Designed to be “room within a room”, the interior upholstery consists of 5 panels, a seat and back cushion. The seat and back cushions are removable. The seat and backrests are made from plush, thick polyurethane foam (150mm). The upholstery is made from high quality new wool.
Frame: Fiberglass shell with gelcoat finish
Upholstery: New wool
Cushioning: 150mm thick Polyurethane foam
Height: 120 cm
Width: 110 cm
Depth: 97 cm
Seat height: 42 cm
Carrying capacity: 130kg
Weight as shipped: 36 kg
Note that the Ball chair will fit through a door if the doorway is more than 79 cm wide and there is a clear and unobstructed 127,3 cm path on both sides of the door.
Fabric upholstery: Regular cleaning is important in order to keep the fabric looking its best and will prolong its life. Dust and dirt wear down the fabric and also reduce its dirt-retardant properties. Vacuum frequently, ideally every other week, at half power. Wipe the fabric with a dry or moist (but not soaking) cloth. May also be vacuum cleaned with a soft brush. Keep fabric away from direct sunlight and extreme heat.
Stain removal: Act quickly. Remove any liquids with an absorbent napkin or cloth. Gently scrape away any residue with a spoon. Vacuum away any loose particles. Remove non-greasy stains by carefully dabbing with a lint–free cloth or sponge wrung out in warm water. Edge marks can be avoided by dabbing gently in circular motions towards the centre of the stain with a clean lint-free cloth. Remove greasy stains by using appropriate detergents or solvents. Always test stain-removal agents on an inconspicuous area first to see if there is any effect on the fabric.
Allow the fabric to dry fully before resuming use. Low-intensity use of a hairdryer may avoid enduring edge marks.
Professional cleaning: Use a reputable service provider. A pH-neutral carbon dioxide cleaning solution is recommended as it avoids the use of soap. Appropriate maintenance and regular cleaning can prolong the textile’s life. Regular maintenance and cleaning removes dirt before it settles in the fabric and damages the fibers. Upholstered furniture in normal commercial use should be cleaned professionally at least twice a year. Upholstered furniture in private households should be cleaned professionally once a year.
Metal: Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. Dilute in the mild detergent in water so it is not too harsh on the metal. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Scrub the item with a soft toothbrush or a non-abrasive pad. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth.
Fiberglass: Can be cleaned using a mild detergent or a glass cleaner with a soft cloth. Do not use hard woven cloths or abrasive cleaning agents.