Design – Transparent bases, tension, and deceiving supporting wires. There is always a trick, but the final effect is mesmerising. Discover the ingenious solutions designers have devised to obtain the ‘float in mid-air’ effect.
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Italian design company Lodes launches Hover, an enchanting floor and table lamp by Tokyo-based studio YOY. A wire gently coils around the lamp’s stem to elevate above it and hold its seemingly suspended shade. The result is a poetic detachment, highlighted by subtle diffused lighting.
Suspended swing bells
Japanese designer So Koizumi has created Seven, a musical wind bell like the ones you might have seen in zen gardens. The design “hovers between stability and instability, reflecting the unstable social climate of recent years,” says So Koizumi to Archipanic. Made of bent brass parts and held by almost invisible threads, the tensed structure appears to be stabling floating. External forces such as wind create sway to maintain equilibrium and make a conic bell humbly resonate in space, adding healing and colour to daily life. [Watch the video below].
Essential and surprising. Two almost invisible crystal legs support this table’s solid wood top. The result is a ‘suspended in space’ effect. The extra clear tempered glass gives a feeling of great lightness and brings brightness to the environments in which it is inserted—produced by Italian custom-furniture manufacturer Officina®.
German designer Leonard Aldenhoff created the Stedge subtle shelving system for Finnish design brand Would design. Its light expression and fine edges seem to hang by a thread. Extend it with more shelves and choose a long or short top wire to make it a perfect fit on your wall. Available in two widths.
“You have never slept feeling so light.” Say at Italian company Lago that has launched the Fluctuating Bed. A single central support that can be regulated in height sustains the bed, anchored to the wall thanks to a specially devised tested structure. The result is a magical float in magical mid-air effect, granting a minimalistic and easy-to-keep clean design solution.
Camping on air
Tentsile‘s the ultimate mesh nylon suspended tree tent allowing explorers to camp on a sheltered paddle board base that can work as a ground tent. Thanks to robust webbing, the 18 square-metre tensile platform comfortably accommodates three people when floating and up to 5 when pitched to the ground.
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