The newest Ben Storms’ coffee table

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Materials: marble Saint-Anne – brass – air (!)