Brazilian studio Rain has created a collection of six tables developed to search like miniature swimming pools.
The tables feature irregularly shaped glass tops, encased in a powder-coated steel frame with a raised lip all around the edge. Slender metal rods form the legs.
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Each and every table comes with an accompanying ladder that hooks over the side of the frame, and seems to be disappearing into the “water” of the pool. The ladders can be eliminated and repositioned, encouraging owners to “create their own story”.
“The inspiration for the collection comes from dreamlike photographs of leisure and very good occasions that swimming pools are ready to evoke,” stated the studio. “We wished to develop a provocative object that could attain recollections and arouse imagination.”
“The tables propose a new surroundings for swimming pools, the interiors space, inviting consumers to allocate and occupy them as their personal imagination,” they added.
The pieces come in different heights and shapes, and are designed to be organized collectively or independently.
“We feel some folks will use them in a conventional way, locating it beside a sofa with a lamp on it or in a residing area, decorating it with personalized belongings,” the studio advised Dezeen.
“Some individuals will truly see it as a swimming pool and generate a scene complete of imagination, like young children generally do,” they added. “We believe that some individuals will not take benefit of its functional use, alternatively having it as a sculpture.”
Rain was set up in 2014 by architect and merchandise designer Ricard Innecco and Mariana Ramos, with the aim of “establishing layout in an artistic way”.
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The studio has also created oversized chain hyperlinks, reconfigurable candleholders and benches covered in a versatile mesh made of plastic.
Lanzavecchia + Wai designed equally whimsical furnishings for its PLAYplay collection, which integrated stackable tables that looked like hamburgers.
Other unusually shaped furniture designs includes Jaime Háyon’s monkey-themed tables and Milan designer Daniele Ragazzo’s table supported by legs that resemble giant ball-headed sewing pins.