A Cypriot furniture maker has created a coffee table that looks identical to the wave city imagined by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in Inception.
Stelios Mousarris created a coffee table that bends a city landscape in half using the overlapping surface as the tabletop.
Christopher Nolan’s 2010 thriller took viewers into a world where dreams could be manipulated and controlled by the sleeper.
The scene referenced by the designer is the one where the main characters – played by Leonardo DiCaprip and Ellen Page – realise they have the power to bend dreams according to the architect’s will, defying the laws of gravity and reason.
The table, completed using wood, steel and 3D printing technology, represents a typical urban landscape that folds in a single, continuous curve.
Mousarris says the wave city table is mostly inspired by natural waves, with the film playing a subconscious role influencing the design.
“The wave city was inspired by natural waves, since I live by the sea and notice how tsunami waves drag houses and buildings along with them,” he says.
“The wave city table has a lot of techniques involved. There is a steel frame to hold everything together, which is then cladded with thin layers of maple wood. The buildings are 3D printed and hand painted before being attached to the inside curve of the table.”
Another one of Mousarris’ designs also appears to defy the laws of gravity .
His carpet chair takes four months to produce and gives the illusion of magic carpet floating in the air.
A 6mm steel frame is constructed in the shape of a chair and then two handmade original Persian carpets are sewn around it.
“This project is a collaboration with artist Jan Blythe. We were on Skype one night as we live in different parts of the world, and I noticed a folded piece of paper in the background. The idea was that that piece of folded paper could be a chair design, something organic and something your eyes are used to. One thing led to another and we ended up with the Carpet Chair.”
Mousarris says most of his furniture designs are inspired by nature, and he only works when ideas come organically.
“I don’t force myself to design every day and focus only on great ideas.”