AEO chair (1973). Designed by Paolo Deganello; manufactured by Cassina.
In 1973, Italian designer Paolo Deganello presented a chair that garnered great attention; that chair was the “AEO.” Named after alpha and omega—the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet—the AEO is a blend of divergent concepts. It combines the elements of a full-bodied lounge chair, and with its contemporary shape is a representation of innovative, functional design. The base of the armchair is made of grey plastic that supports a lacquered steel frame. Moving upward, a thick polyurethane foam and polyester cushion sits atop extended cloth. Finally, the backrest is made of lightly stretched two-ply canvas over a springy back-base. Produced by high-end furniture manufacturing company Cassina, the AEO chair is still in production today.