Resin and Fiberglass Table with the Surface of the Moon

Using digital files pulled from NASA’s archives, French design studio Harow designed a table that replicates the real topology of the moon’s surface. The Apollo 11 Table features a sculpted fiberglass slab in the form of a lunar crater. Covering this thick segment is a layer of resin, which allows one to fully view its dips and crevices while providing coverage to the uneven terrain. The brass and aluminum alloy feet also pay homage to the many Apollo missions, parts that put a modern spin on the Lunar Excursion Module‘s original landing pads.

Rising Collection – Foldable Furniture by Robert van Embricqs

Dutch designer Robert van Embricqs created a foldable furniture series, in which each piece starts with a flat surface and is capable of intricately folding itself up into an minimal design. The idea is simple, and that is to commence with a flat surface that can transform into a piece of stylish furniture. Looking at natural transformations, that function beautifully without cumbersome, or clumsy design, provided the inspiration for the incision pattern that in turn became the latticework of “woven” wooden beams that make-up the table’s centre. The Rising Collection, which features mostly furniture made of bamboo caramel, includes a chair, table and fruit bowl among others. Inspired by natural forms, Van Embricqs’ work predominantly explores the extent to which objects can dictate their own design.

New Kinetic Sand Drawing Tables by Bruce Shapiro

Twenty-five years ago Bruce Shapiro  abandoned his medical practice to embark on a journey that would marry technology with the meditative practice of sand art. He ingeniously used CNC machines, which at the time were primarily used in industrial settings, to develop his kinetic art project known as Sisyphus . While Shapiro has created sculptures for Sisyphus over the past 20 years, showing his work across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, he more recently became intrigued with the thought of bringing the mesmerizing creations into the home. Along with Nordeast Makers, a Minneapolis based makers space he helped found, Shapiro has developed the Sisyphus Kinetic Art Table . The recently launched Kickstarter campaign, which has already doubled the team’s original goal in a few short days, offers tables in three sizes with finishes in birch/maple, walnut, padauk and black veneer. All aspects of the table, except the electronics, have been crafted in the United States. “Over time I have come to view Sisyphus as more than a kinetic art piece: it is an instrument, ” Shapiro explains. “As a musical instrument plays songs, Sisyphus plays paths. My goal with this Kickstarter is to get Sisyphus into people’s homes for them to enjoy as both furniture and art, but also, to inspire a community of composers to write ‘music’ for it.” Bringing the contemplation of a Zen garden indoors, Sisyphus has no on/off switch. It simply plugs in and automatically calibrates itself, loads a default playlist of paths, and begins playing. You can control playback, speed of play, and table-lighting from a mobile app or by using any browser to connect to Sisyphus with WiFi. Development is underway to allow other “composers” to create pathways for their tables. The only worry is that Sisyphus is so hypnotic, you may forget to speak with your guests while watching it at work!

Rocket Coffee Table by Mousarri

Supremely talented furniture designer Mousarris has created visually astounding . This glorious looking piece of furniture design is no ordinary offering and, as you can see, it has a level of visual impact which is pretty much unparalleled. If you like your furniture fun and quirky, the Rocket Coffee Table from Mousarris will fit the bill rather nicely. The design is visually playful bringing cartoon-like clouds and aerial rockets from a personal toy collection to life, in the form of a table. Combining various techniques from lathe to 3d printing, resin casting and traditional hand curved pieces, this table is fashioned to draw a smile on the face of nostalgic adults, children, and children trapped in adult bodies. The rockets are not attached to the glass giving the opportunity to each owner to form their own desired structure of the table.

Feather Table Collection by Thai Designer Apiwat Chitapanya

Thai designer Apiwat Chitapanya has designed a side table that stands out due to its details and sculpturality. manufactured piece by piece, the “Feather table collection” uses skilled craftsmanship that results in exquisite pieces where small stainless steel pieces are welded in order to create a composition of feathers. This welded element acts as the base of the table, supporting the wood top. The collection consists of one side and one coffee table. Both have that hand-made welded stainless steel base and a wooden top. The feather-like base gives the sensation that the table is so light that in any given moment it might fly.

Modern Desk Connects Urban Users With Nature

This thoughtfully designed desk created by Heinrik Ng Chak Kwan was made in response to our modern disconnect with nature. It aims to reintroduce the wild world outside the city to urban users first by changing the typically flat surface to one that mimics a natural landscape. Flat working platforms are designed to be placed on top of the artificial environment so the user is free to arrange to fit their needs to a certain extent. Just like in the real world, the layered design simulates the structure of the earth crust. For example, the working platforms are designed in certain proportions to the table surface, 5%, 10%, and 20%, just like the proportion of urban development. In turn, the user is reminded of the city’s footprint in nature and not the other way around!

Lagoon Tables Created By Merging Resin With Cut Travertine Marble

Designer Alexandre Chapelin of LA Table designed this intriguing series of three tables he refers to as Lagoon Tables. Each table is formed from a carved travertine base to which he adheres a special resin that forms volumes of water that appear to slice through each piece. The tables are undoubtedly influenced by Chapelin’s immediate surroundings on the small Caribbean island of Saint Martin where his studio is based.

Comfort in Japanese Style: Kotatsu Heated Tables

Winter days are coming and you know how important is to stay comfy inside the house when it’s cold outside. Japanese people perfectly know how to keep warm at home and at the same time do it as more comfy as possible. They have Kotatsu – a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, often built into the table itself. Jump into the post and discover some of the modern Kotatsu.

Playful UP Balloon Coffee Table

This uplifting design was conjured up by Christopher Duffy of Duffy London, working with the concept of levitation and buoyancy. The UP Balloon Table is a playful trompe l’oeil, giving the impression of a glass table top being suspended by either red, gold and silver balloons. This delightful table is constructed using toughened glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods. Despite having the word “toughened” in the material description, this piece conveys a feeling of weightlessness. It’s a testament to Duffy, not only as a designer, but as someone who can create wondrous, everyday illusions. The 2015 edition of the Up Balloon Coffee Table is limited to the production of 25. Prices start at around $8,300 US dollars for this unique piece of furniture.

The Narcissus Desk by Sebastian Errazuriz

Designer Sebastian Errazuriz continues his reign of creating unforgettable functional pieces that double as sculptures which also make you think. The latest is The Narcissus Desk, a desk that will let you gaze at your reflection all day long. The desk’s inspiration came from a Caravaggio painting of Narcissus that Errazuriz remembers seeing with his father, an art teacher, as a child on a trip to Italy. The painting made him think about the idea that someone could stare at their reflection but not necessarily be aware that they were looking at themselves. In today’s times, with everyone’s obsession with selfies and being “our own perfectly edited online self”, we tend to forget about the real person that exists outside the screen. The desk offers the user a moment of reflection, where we spend most of our days and tend to make the most important decisions in our lives. Errazuriz found a broken French desk from around 1880 and completely restored it. He then cut a semi-circle out that lets the user fit inside the desk. The top is now a mirror letting you take a moment to reflect on yourself and your life, and perhaps the occasional good hair day.

Wood Tables Embedded with Glass Rivers by Greg Klassen

Furniture maker Greg Klassen has designed unique collection of dining and coffee table. Each table features hand-cut glass pieces running through the center of the wood construction. Each piece of wood was used from discarded trees from construction sites, and dying trees that were just beginning to rot. The intricate glass process was designed to look like just like a body of water flowing through the middle of the table, and the pattern mimics the jagged shores of both lakes and rivers. Klassen says that his inspiration came from the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific Northwest. These works of art can be purchased in several different shapes and sizes, directly from the designer’s website.

“Too Much?” Dining Table Made of Money

The very first impression from this stunning table would be undoubtedly slight bewilderment. Called “Too Much?” this table by Atelier Amarist and Alejandro Monge is a perfect example of when contemporary art and design become one. The sculptural dining table, consists of a glass cube containing partially burnt notes with a thin biofuel flame rising above its surface. Each intricate detail was taken into consideration as the artist meticulously reproduced the bills by gluing and coloring each individual piece of paper. “The most complicated part of the process was to simulate the effect of burnt paper eaten by flames never using fire to achieve it,” artist said. The furnishing is meant to provoke deep thoughts within the mind of the viewer about the significance and value of money, time, and people. “A note is a dyed piece of paper that represents a number, 10, 20, 50 dollars, yens, euros. A figure that we exchange in order to acquire something wanted. A figure that within itself has no more value than the one given to the job or the time traded,” said Monge.

Limited Edition the Abyss Table by Christopher Duffy

The wonderful table that you’re seeing in this post is limited edition the Abyss Table designed by Christopher Duffy for Duffy London. Like all of Duffy’s designs, the Abyss Table is a conversation piece as much as a functional one. But while previous works play with gravity, this new design is concerned with depth, and creates a geological cross-section as mesmerising as the sea. Designer Christopher Duffy explains: “I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers – the same way the sea does as it deepens. I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.” The Abyss Table is hand made to order in London from sustainable materials, and limited to an edition of 25.

Bear Table by Daniel Lewis Garcia

Daniel Lewis Garcia has created the Bear Table using cnc technology and maple plywood. “Bear table uses the plywood endgrain to accentuate the form. In addition, when glued, the wide surface area creates a solid block of wood. This process makes efficient use of plywood and a sculptural end product.”

Cupiditas Table Controllable by Smartphone

The Cupiditas Table by Amarist is a lush furniture piece created to awake emotions and define unique”atmospheres through its exclusive materiality and avant-garde design. Cupiditas, meaning “desire” in Latin, is the result of a perfect equilibrium between craftsmanship and contemporary art. With its pure lines and minimalist design, it perfectly blends art and functionality, sculpture and furniture. Made out of Alabaster, a unique translucent stone, the Cupiditas Table can be illuminated from its core with LED RGB Wi-Fi technology and controlled through your Smartphone and Tablet device. This technology allows you to change the light color and intensity in order to create the desired atmosphere for your social events or your emotional status. Each piece is individually made and handed in with a gold platted badge with the client’s name engraved.

CATable by Ruan Hao

The charming CATable was created by Ruan Hao from LYCS, an architecture firm based in Hangzhou and Hong Kong. Especially designed for cats to explore and sleep in, the project follows a worldwide trend: that of sharing your home with pets. The table features crannies and passageways, where your furry cat friend can happily roam stealthily. “Peopole who lives with cat always has those kind of experiences: 1. Putting away the cat from your lap top was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell. 2. A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole. The design of CATable was a fusion of those experiences, as well a locus where the interaction occurs.It is a table for us ,and a paradise for cats.” Take a look!

Filotto Crystal Pool Table by Adriano Design

Filotto Crystal Pool Table by Adriano Design for Calma e Gesso, looking light as air, effortlessly supports 750kg of solid slate with a clever thin steel frame, in a design solution so unique, it involves multiple patents. Created as the first product for new Italian luxury brand, Calma e Gesso. Adriano Design, based in Turin, Italy and founded in 1997 by brothers Davide and Gabriele Adriano, has generated 54 design process-driven patents and counting. You can see this Crystal Pool Table at Milan Design Week, 8-13 Apr 2014.

Collection of Modern and Elegant Glass Tables

When we want to add some modern notes to our interior we pay our attention to furniture items made not from wood. It could be steel, acrylic or glass. And after a purchase we’re really surprised how this table or chair transforms the interior. If you’re in the middle of the way and in throes of selecting a new object for your interior – then we’re here to help you. In the following collection we’ve gathered some really interesting examples of glass tables, both coffee tables and dinner tables. All table listed in this post were selected by the material they are made from – glass – and by the fact that all of them are available for purchase. We were attracted with their elegant and unusual design and hope you’ll appreciate our efforts and find the proper glass table. Good luck!

“Sweeties” Furniture Series Cupcake Stool and Biscuit Table

Designer Boggy Chan has created this series of furniture in the form of playfully enlarging sweets. Called “Sweeties” the series consists of cupcake stool and biscuit table. Combining an enthusiasm for food with industrial design, the yummy items were scaled-up to their correct proportion. The series features a cupcake stool with an adjustable height that can move from 30cm to 50cm depending on the user or occasion. Constructed mainly from sustainable polyurethane the curved edges of the cupcake’s “melting” icing were formed naturally by gravity. The cream inside of the sandwich cookies table is made from polyurethane. Take a look!

Wood Coffee Table Levitates via Magnet

RocketPaperRobot is an engineering boutique specializing in the innovation and fabrication of high-end kinetic furniture, lighting, and installations. They have combined some interesting design with a good bit of physics to turn the humble table into something far more unique, in the form of the Float Table. And science meets luxury in this levitating coffee table composed of hovering blocks that seem to magically shift back into formation when applied pressure is removed. The table works through a system of magnets and tensile steel cables. The polarity of the magnets keeps the individual cubes apart from each other, and the cables keep everything in place. This means that a user can push on the table and it will flex, then once the pressure is released it will return back to its original shape.