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.