Spotted at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2014, magnetic lighting and furniture designs explore a sense of weightlessness and have an illusionary and seemingly gravity-defying effect.
Float Shelf by New York-based studio RockPaperRobot is made from a series of metal cubes that use the power of repelling magnets to hold their form in a structure that appears to defy gravity. Tensile steel cables link the cubes together and allow slight movement under pressure, while the magnetic force ensures the cubes always spring back into line. The studio previously launched a table based on the same premise.
Magnets add an illusionary, almost magical feel to the Float Chandelier by Brooklyn-based Bower NYC. The light is comprised of two circles of LED lights that are pulled out by a magnetic force from central points at the top and bottom. The design references a conventional chandelier while updating it with an innovative twist, creating an object that appears suspended in time.
For more examples of designers harnessing the power and properties of magnets, see Magnetic Potential. For more on the use of smart materials in product design, see the A/W 15-16 Design Direction, React.
Look out for full coverage from ICFF, as well as NYCxDesign Week and the National Stationery Show, publishing tomorrow.