BLOATED SHELF + BLOATHED STOOL by Damien Gernay

View all 10 Photos

A cursory glance at BLOATED_SHELF might cause a misimpression that the four-level wooden shelf has problems supporting its own weight. Resembling a belted belly spilling over with abandon, the planes of the shelves appear to sag as they drape lazily over the horizontal bars upon which they sit. However, the effect is intended by German artist Damien Gernay, who designed the unique shelf with such a form to illustrate the interaction between hard and soft. The rigid wooden frame of the shelf restrains the malleable leather, which has been filled with expanded foam to its round, hearty shape. The design of the shelf cleverly tricks the eyes, the deception deepening to lead the mind to ponder materiality, form, and the intersection of the two.

Same concept applies to the BLOATED_STOOL as well, which has been designed following the inspirational  idea originated from the image of a prominent belly, constrained by the belt, but still comfortable at it fills a round shape around it. This stool intends to explore the dialogue between a rigid structure and a flexible skin.

Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT’s Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

Take me there

  • Villa Slow

    A special hotel designed to be a home away from home. Nestled into a bucolic…

  • Alila Yangshuo Hotel

    An old sugar mill becomes a modern hotel. Built in the 1960s in the striking…

More for you

  • Zapalgo Copper Lamps

    A fresh take on modern lamp design. Founded by high school friends Tomasz Kudelski, Maciej…

  • Trending Terrazzo

    A practical and beautiful collection featuring a recycled glass design and waste materials. Designers Luc…

  • Pilar Furniture Collection

    A collection that brings together modern design and age-old techniques. Created by the Raak design…

  • The Hardy Sofa

    A beautifully made sofa that pays homage to an iconic tailor. Minimalist and elegant, the…

  • Color Flow Cabinets By Orijeen

    A visual symphony of vibrant colors. Believing that design should highlight the link between the…

Close Cart