In pop culture one common feature of futuristic scenes is the presence of hover technology. Since early in the 20th century mankind has imagined ridding himself of wheels, legs and other things that keep us rooted to the ground. While we may not have perfected hover technology for everyday use, but modern design is determined to push the limits and at least give the illusion of floating above the ground.
The Alf Group of Italy has made a new suspended design platform bed called “Aladino Up.” The bed seems perfect for minimalist design lovers that want as much open space as possible. The bed features an upholstered headboard and orthopedic slats for better cushion. Accompanying the bed are wall-mounted soft touch closing drawers.
Suspended design isn’t just for the bedroom. Meet the “Divided Sideboard” by Front Design. The piece consists of 4 separate drawers that are in no way connected. In addition, their wall mounting allows you to place the parts in such away that it looks as though it’s floating away.
While these designs rely on mechanical illusions, designers are striving to bring the real deal into existence. Yanko Design held a contest called “RELAX” in which designers were challenged to push the boundaries of comfort chairs. The winner of the contest was a very plausible felt-covered fiberglass chair, but among the honorable mentions was the Cloud Sofa by D.K. Wei. The concept relies on the power of magnet technology to literally suspend a cloud-like couch in the air. Skeptics dismiss the idea, saying there would be too much interference from metal objects in the room, but if they could pull this one off it looks like heaven!