Summary: Is the furniture really floating, or is it just an illusion?
[dropcap style="2"]T[/dropcap]he use of illusions in art and design never fails to amaze the eyes of interested onlookers. Ambiguous illusions that appear on a flat canvas are amazing enough. But what about illusions that trick the eyes using 3D functional objects that you can feel and touch?
This article showcases a collection of 18 different floating furniture designs. You will be amazed at the optical illusions created by these pieces of home furniture…
01. THE CUT CHAIR FLOATING CHAIR DESIGN
It seems that this chair has just been cut into pieces. But it’s still standing on, as if floating with any adherence to the laws of weight and gravity. Is it really floating, or is what you are seeing just an illusion?
(via Peter Bristol)
02. THE MYSTERIOUS LEVITATING CLOUD SOFA
You know sometimes when you get on a plane and fly off to a foreign country, and it gets so boring on the plane that you imagine yourself sleeping on the clouds? Well now you can live out your dreams. This mysterious levitating sofa floats with a concept of magnetism with a strong magnetism holding up the upper cloud part.
03. THE CREATIVE AND AMAZING FLOATING BALLOON BENCH
This impressively creative furniture piece features a bench that seems to be floating through the air, suspended by a number of helium balloons. Very impressive. The illusion is created using strong ceiling anchors that suspend the bench in place. The anchors are hidden by the balloons.
04. OPTICAL ILLUSION FLOATING TABLE DESIGN
This is actually not an optical illusion. The table is made up of blocks that are really floating in the air. The floating power is created using the force of opposing magnets built into the table. It gives a really impressive feel to people watching.
05. LEVITATING LAMPS THAT LIGHT THE WAY
This is another cool piece of furniture that you can add to your bedroom. It features a lamp that seems to be sliced apart with the top part levitating in mid-air. Well, the reality is, it actually is sliced apart with the top part levitating in mid-air. It uses magnetism to achieve this effect.
06. THE EXPENSIVE REALLY FLOATING BED DESIGN
Yes, this bed really floats. Yes, it uses magnetism, yet again. And yes, it costs well over a million dollars. So unless you really want to sleep while floating, this may be out of your price range. It seems that there is a smaller scale version that a small dog can sleep on too. That one costs upwards of $100,000.
07. ANOTHER LEVITATING BED DESIGN ILLUSION
Unlike the previous bed that was really floating, this bed isn’t really floating. It just looks like it’s floating. And it’s a lot cheaper. It is actually supported by the wall.
08. UPSIDE DOWN FLOATING BOOKSHELF DESIGN
Float your furniture, and float your bookshelf. But in this instance, it’s not the bookshelf that’s floating, but rather the books. This upside down bookshelf makes use on an optical illusion using hooks that hang the books from the bottom.
09. PASSION IGNITION FLYING FIRE PLACE
People enjoy having a live gas fireplace in their homes during the winter time. It makes you feel really warm, cozy, and passionate. And you can ignite the passion even more using this levitating fireplace. It floats with an optical illusion of hard-to-see, black wires.
10. THE DISAPPEARING AND FLOATING CHAIR PIECE
This chair design is quite nice and innovative. The bottom of the chair seems like it is floating, but the illusion is created using a bottom made of transparent acrylic. The paint is painted on in such a way to give a disappearing gradient which enhances the effect.
11. INNOVATIVE TAVOLO AIR FLOATING DINING TABLE
This floating dining table makes you of two transparent sheets that are facing perpendicular directions. This enhances the illusion because even if you can see one sheet, it becomes harder to see the other.
12. COOL FLOATING BOX STORAGE SYSTEM
These floating boxes portray the feeling of rite of spring, as well as giving a nice optical illusion that makes it seem that these storage boxes are floating through the air.
(via Takeshi Miyakawa)
13. ILLUSIONAL FLYING CARPET CHAIR DESIGN
A flying carpet chair design that makes it look like a floating carpet is creating a chair for you to sit on.
14. FLOATING HOLY LAMP HALO ILLUSION
This lamp is done using a cool optical illusion trick that takes advantage of mirrors. The lighting effects produced seems like the round lighting of an angel’s halo. You can stand under it and feel different somehow.
15. UNUSUAL ILLUSION FLOATING TABLE CLOTH TABLE
It looks like all that’s there is the piece of table cloth from the round table. The table is no where to be seen, but the solid table cloth is what makes up the illusion of the table design.
16. UNIQUE FLOATING COFFEE TABLE DESIGNS
This coffee table is divided into the upper and lower halves. The upper half looks like it’s floating, and this design is based on a more modern look for the coffee table.
17. FUNNY RUNNING CHAIR FLOATING DESIGN
This chair is suspended using clear parts for the legs. However, the visible legs make it seem like the chair is running.
18. FLOATING STAIRS MIGHT BE SCARY TO WALK ON
These stairs appear as if they are floating. Of course, you know that they’re not. But they give the look and feel of floating, so it might be a bit scary to walk on them.