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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.
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. is your online home in the modern world. Join us as we follow our team around the globe on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Want more? Never miss another word of Dwell with our free iTunes app.