Creative Up-Inspired Floating Coffee Table

British designer Christopher Duffy must really love Pixar’s 2009 movie Up. His recent UP coffee table design, in which a handful of gold balloons appear to be the only thing keeping a glass table top afloat, was inspired by the animated film. From a distance, the objects appear to be lightweight and delicate. However, in reality, each one of the metallic balloons is handmade out of glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods.

The complexity of constructing each table means that there are only 20 pieces available for purchase, with an average price of about $9,300. On his website, the artist pairs his table design with this compelling quote by Bob Monkhouse: “Growing old is compulsory, growing UP is optional.”

Duffy’s design studio, Duffy London, produces all kinds of playful ideas, including this swing table that will make any table gathering a lot more interesting.

Duffy London website
via [Design You Trust]

January 22, 2017

Dynamic Sculptures Capture Powerful Combination of Emotion and Movement

The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.

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