Alessandro Isola’s Stumble Upon Coffee Table

Part rug, part table, Alessandro Isola’s ‘Stumble Upon Coffee Table’ is a lesson in functional design.

Italian-born industrial designer Isola is known for combining everyday objects into new, innovative pieces of furniture. His portfolio consists of a ‘Stumble Upon Sofa’ as well as this ‘Stumble Upon Coffee Table’. Through using a sheet made up of a polished reflective surface on one side and a contrasting padded carpet on the other, he has developed a piece that acts as a functional table area as well as a decorative floor piece. Isola’s commitment to finding beauty in the imperfect manifests itself in this piece: inspired by the creases, wrinkles and folds that are often found in otherwise smooth carpets, the designer converts inconvenience into convenience or accident into intention. At the same time, the ‘Stumble Upon Coffee Table’ proves that the back of a rug doesn’t always have to be ugly – it can, in fact, become the centerpiece to any living room. From a stumble on a rug to a beautifully built modern design solution, ‘Stumble Upon Coffee Table’ shows that forward-thinking design can come from the most unusual of places.

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