Optical Illusions in Product Design
The off-kilter construction of this tripod side table from new Singapore-based brand Foundry achieves an almost improbable balance, but its equilibrium is no illusion. Its angled walnut—or oak—legs effortlessly support the painted ash surface.
No, your tea will not leak out of what appears to be holes in the surface of this cup—it just looks like it will. This optical illusion can be either nerve-wracking or beautiful, or both. This porcelain teacup is part of Finnish designer, Eeva Jokinen’s Breakfast Set. It is available in two patterns: rose and block (pictured).
Pros: The linen shade and the chunky walnut base channel a mid-century vibe while bringing it up to date. You can also tilt the base to balance on one leg. Two lamps in one!
The cord reaches a length of 80 inches—handy if your outlets are few or far between.
Cons: When poised on a single leg, the Rook is a bit unstable.
Rook takes up a lot of space, both in height and width, and would domineer small bedside tables or desks. Reserve for roomier perches.
There’s just something about Europe, Europeans, and European things that makes me uncontrollably excited. Book-clutches handmade with love from Paris? Check. A cute little “perforated” teacup from Finland? Double check. These are just some of the seriously top-notch goods that will put a huge smile on your Europhile pals’ faces. Warning: You’ll probably end up keeping these gifts for yourself. Herewith is my list of picks from across the globe.
- The Space Race of the 1960s greatly influenced modernism in design and architecture. Like the astronauts that inspired them, these designs dare to boldly go where no one has gone before.
The Foldo Lamp is a simple desk lask with an ash wood base, white steel covering, and red fabric cord.