This Is No Pool Furniture

Inflatable items have a pretty tacky reputation.  They are generally in the shape of a beach ball or pool float, brightly colored, cheaply made, and often covered in some sort of terrible pattern.

But it is possible to do quite a bit better in the inflatables department.  Excellent blow-up furniture has been in production since the 60s.  What began as a youth statement on how to utilize new materials and technology while accepting the reasonable impermanence of objects, evolved into a pretty excellent field of design.  Here are some of the classic blow-up items, along with a handful of their new, more contemporary forms.

1960s - Quasar Khanh

1960s - Quasar Khanh

1960s - Quasar Knanh

1960s - Gaetano Pesce "Up" Series

1960s - Gaetano Pesce

1960s - Gaetano Pesce

1960s - Pas D'Urbino Lomazzi

2000s - Recycoool

2000s - Recycoool

2000s - Biofield Chesterfield

2000s - Biofield Chesterfield

2000s - Malafor

2000s - Malafor

2000s - Puff-Buff

2000s - Rodrigo Alonso

2000s - Rodrigo Alonso

 

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