Beetle-Inspired Coffee Table Features Fold-Out “Wings”

Beetle-Inspired Table Design

Nature is an endless source of inspiration for many artists and designers, many of whom reimagine natural forms and colors as part of their own work. Radhika Dhumal, a furniture and interior design student at India's National Institute of Design, found inspiration from the insect world. Dhumal designed a coffee table–titled Elytra—that’s based on the form and movement of a beetle.

“The design of the table started out with a blank piece of paper and intensive scribbles and doodles,” Dhumal tells My Modern Met. “By the end of this process, one of the scribbles resembled the opening of the wings of a beetle.” The talented designer then began creating a “biomimetic and dynamic” table featuring two glass-inlay “wings” that can be opened out to expand its surface. This sleek feature cleverly mimics the movement of a real beetle that’s about to take flight.

Additionally, the Elytra table features insect-like legs, a rounded “head,” and a curved main “body” in the shape of a bug’s abdomen. Dhumal adds, “As a designer, it was an intuitive decision to go ahead with this concept as I truly believe that the best designs are found in nature.”

Scroll down to check out the winged Elytra table, and find more from Dhumal’s design portfolio on her website.

Design student Radhika Dhumal is the maker behind the Elytra table—a winged coffee table that's based on the form of a beetle.

Beetle-Inspired Table Design

The two glass-inlay “wings” can be opened out to expand the table’s surface.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Radhika Dhumal.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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