On June 12, 2003, the Double Bubble lamp was first presented at the opening of a retrospective exhibition of Eero Aarnio's 50-year career. The Double Bubble with it’s unprecedented and original shape was an immediate hit, just as Eero had predicted in an interview with Muoto magazine in 2003:
"I am really happy with the Double Bubble", Aarnio says. "I know, I feel which product will be successful", he smiles and looks triumphantly in the eyes."
The Double Bubble was originally intended to be made of glass, and early mouth-blown glass prototypes can still be found in Aarnio's studio today. However, the challenging shape proved too much for that manufacturing method, and a better solution was found with Melaja Ltd's rotational moulding technology.
The polyethylene material filters the light in a soft and even way, which is an essential part of the lamp's charm. Plastic as a material is also light and durable - properties that have surely aided the success of the Double Bubble.