The Making-of Balloon Bowls

A trip to Brussels earlier this year included an afternoon visit to Studio With a View, a collective workshop shared by an architect, two photographers, and five designers. While there, I was able to watch a handful of the designers at work, including Raphael Charles, who was photographing a new version of his Magnetic Coffee Table, and Julien Carretero (below), who was experimenting with metal forms to create a new kind of lamp.

Making of the Balloon Bowl

I spent most of my time talking with designer Maarten De Ceulaer, whose cellular-inspired Mutation Series of furniture had recently made a splash during Milan Design Week.

Mutation Sofa by Maarten De Ceulaer
De Ceulaer's Mutation sofa is made of foam spheres coated with a velvet-like rubber powder.
De Ceulaer showed me around his workspace and, when I expressed interest in his Balloon Bowls—colorful synthetic plaster bowls cast inside inflated balloons—he showed me the following video, which is well worth a watch... one of the best and clearest making-of videos I've seen, even while being dialogue-free .


Watching the behind-the-scenes process gave me new admiration for the colorful bowls, which are intrigiung even without knowing all the hands-on work that goes into making them.

Wall of Balloon Bowls
A colorful crop of Balloon Bowls, each made from dyed synthetic plaster cast within a balloon. Image courtesy of © Leen Lagrou.
Orange Balloon Bowl
A closer look at a finished Balloon Bowl.


If you like these kinds of making-of videos, take a peek at the website for the Brussels gallery Victor Hunt; their "Tales of the Hunt" video series (which includes the Ceulaer video above) focuses on a different artist or designer each episode.

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