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Help! My Lounge is Mutating!

I first saw these amazing pieces of furniturart (ok, so I just made that word up) on the fantastic My Modern Met website (and they had sourced them from the very cool peeps at Design Boom) under the heading Mutating Furniture Made of Bubbles. Yes please! You don’t get that at Ikea.

And I was not to be disappointed – like a Miss Teen USA contestant, these are at once beautiful and kinda creepy. I’m not sure how comfortable they would be, but as soon as you contemplate that thought, you know you’re not really worthy of the furniturart. Same goes for wondering how you’d keep them clean of dog fur and childrens’ handprints. Or how they’d look next to your teak coffee table. But we can still look, can’t we?

Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer’s Mutation Series will be presented this year during Milan Design Week. Each piece is unique, made from foam spheres covered in “a durable rubber or velvet-like finish”. According to My Modern Met, Maarten says “I want to use my work to tell stories, to stir people’s emotions, to tickle their imagination or to make them wonder.” The Willy Wonka of the furniture (furniturart) world, I guess.

And, like Mr Wonka before him, Maarten’s creativity knows no limits. Apparently he said, “Maybe one day we will be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree.” Yes, Maarten, maybe we will. I kinda like the idea of a naturally grown, fully furnished tree house. Add a glass elevator, chocolate river and an everlasting gobstopper and I’m sold!

More info in the My Modern Met post here.


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5 thoughts on “Help! My Lounge is Mutating!

  1. It’s no wonder the Danes are the happiest nation in the world. Not only do they have delightfully knobbly pouffes (I hope you have such things in Australia or that comment will cause some confusion), they also have the most breweries per capita, the World’s top restaurant (for the last 2 years) and arguably the best bacon sandwich bar none.

    I think this furniture is an appropriate visual representation of all that happiness (apart for the black one which looks a little sorrowful to me).

  2. My sincere apologies for being so stupid and mistaking the fantastic Belgian designer for a Dane. I do in fact know the difference between the two countries. Now, whilst the Belgians are not as happy as the Danes (don’t even make the top 5), they did give us Hercule Poirot (yes, I know he’s not real), Moulles Frit and some astonishingly strong beer. Oh and they survives without a government for more than a year which probably says quite a lot.

    I hope my interesting Belgian facts make up for my earlier stupidity?

    1. Hey, hey, hey – enough of this ‘stupid’ business! In fairness, I mentioned Belgium, USA and Milan in that post, alongside those fairly distracting images, so your head was probably spinning. And all of your points re Denmark were well made (although I can’t vouch for the bacon sandwich). Then you add to that with your Belgian facts (even if you didn’t mention their chocolate). No apologies required, you’re like a Wacky Wikipedia and I’m glad that you frequent my blog! 🙂

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