Ben Storms, the belgian designer describes himself as a contemporary artist who thinks in terms of matter. He tends to assemble form, material and technique in a way that is both innovative and compelling. He prefers to start with one material and then looks at it unprejudiced. His research is done uninhibitedly, to ensure he captures all the possibilities the material has to offer and by probing its boundaries to and beyond the limits, he creates a rather surprising language of form.
InHale is a design coffee table which has its origin in pure matter. The modern artist picked up the idea for this coffee table looking at a remnant piece of marble, a leftover of another creation. InHale breathes pure matter: an impressive piece of marble is the basis. This monumental block of over 200 kg is carried by an inflated metal cushion, in which it snugly sinks in.
The contrast produces a surprising effect in this table design: the heavy stone seems to bear on a volume of air, wrapped in a metal cushion as soft skin.
To Ben Storms, design is mainly visual, but it’s also about transmitting a certain feeling to make the spectator briefly lose his balance; it has to move and confuse him. Furniture design has to be captivating, not only aesthetically and formally, but also technically and construction wise. An ecological and a social relevance is required when it comes luxury design. Everyone has their own responsibility; durability is of the essence. And so this is in perfect accordance with respect and love for matter in all its forms.
Materials: marble Saint-Anne – brass – air (!)