Chairs, stools and sofas come in all shapes and sizes, but they are bound by a single strict requirement. They need to be strong enough and sturdy enough for people to sit on safely that they don’t fall on their butts when they least expect it. Some seats put this requirement at the heart of their visual design, exuding that stability and durability simply by the way they look. Others, on the other hand, try to trick the mind by levitating a sofa in mid-air almost like an optical illusion without dropping you to the ground. This eye-catching collection of chairs and seats straddles the fine line between these two, offering furniture that appears structurally sound, yet fragile enough to crack and burst at the slightest touch.
Designer: Seungjin Yang
There’s something about balloons that brings out the inner child in us. Even adults still find something fascinating about balloons twisted into different shapes and creatures. A metal balloon dog even became the iconic signature of famed designer Jeff Koons. The often bright colors of balloons convey a sense of playfulness, while their rounded shapes that trap air give them an almost ephemeral character, two qualities you might not necessarily associate with something that needs to be stable and sturdy, like e.g. B. Chairs.
But that is exactly what the Blowing collection brings to the table or floor. Made from balloons of different sizes, which are shaped into rods, circles and spirals, the chairs immediately catch the eye with their unusual shapes. Whether opaque or translucent, the bright colors and shiny surfaces probably make you think of candy, which should be a warning to parents with toddlers and babies.
Despite their whimsical looks, the chairs are all serious business when it comes to being chairs. Each balloon is inflated and shaped before being dipped in epoxy multiple times. The multiple layers of resin are necessary to make it strong enough to support people of different weights. Once this treatment is complete, the parts are assembled into a single eye-catching piece, turning multiple balloons into stools, chairs, or even sofas for people of different ages.
The design allows for a variety of color combinations, whether you opt for a single chromatic theme or let go on the brush. Granted, the fanciful face of these chairs might not suit some interiors, but if you’re looking for something that will immediately spark interest and conversation, you can’t go wrong with a chair that looks both charming and a little disturbing at the same time.