Shelf Makes Its Contents Appear To Hover In Midair

Shelf Makes Its Contents Appear To Hover In Midair

The design uses metal tubes to create an optical illusion when viewed from the front

Andrew Conrad
  • 31 august 2016

A Ukrainian designer has created a shelving unit that appears to hold its contents aloft with some sort of anti-gravity field.The Field shelf, conceived by Kiev-based furniture designer Dmitry Kozinenko, is made up of vertically arrayed metal tubes. When viewed in profile, the illusion is revealed: subtle bends in the vertical tubes create mesas for objects to rest on. When viewed from head on, though, the objects seem to be floating eerily in front of the metal tubes. Kozinenko, a graphic designer with the Soesthetic Group architecture firm, has also designed tables that appear to be tipping over, and lamps that seem to be composed of precariously balanced blocks, among other illusory concepts.

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