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Splashing out on the water chair.

Byline: TOM WELLS

IT COULD be the coolest seat in town. Inside or outside, on water or in the snow - this truly is the chair for all seasons.

Rocker Kelly Osbourne, daughter of Birmingham-born Ozzy, has one in her Los Angeles pad - and now the Pastil chair has gone on sale in the Midlands for the first time.

It's the brainchild of famous Finnish designer Eero Aarnio who dreamed up the bubble-shape piece of furniture in 1968.

Now one lucky Brummie could be the proud owner of the ultimate piece of flower power chic, which costs a cool pounds 890.

The Pastil chair is on sale at Fusion, the new interiors store at Innovation Square in Birmingham city centre.

Shop-owners Hanna Jaaskelainen and Paul Maycock met in a bar in Helsinki in 2000 and moved to Birmingham this year.

And the couple say that interest in the chair, which floats in water, has been phenomenal.

'The Pastil chair is very comfortable, stylish and great fun,' said Hanna, 28.

'It is very practical, but has the added advantage of being a true design classic so it is therefore likely to keep its value.'

Paul, 30, added: 'We have had everyone from design connoisseurs to wannabe rock chicks who want to copy Kelly by having their very own chair.'

The store is the only one in Birmingham to be selling the fibreglass design.

And the punter who buys the Pastil chair will be able to sit in the pool in summer, or use it as a makeshift sledge in winter - making it a real seat of power.

For more details call Fusion on 0121 236 1020.

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