This week’s selection is the playful Rocket Coffee Table by Stelios Mousarris.
Mousarris is a designer based in Cyprus and operates his own design firm, the eponymously-named Mousarris since 2014. He’s produced a number of fascinating designs, primarily furniture, but the one that caught my eye was the Rocket Coffee Table, which used 3D printing to produce some of the components.
Mousarris explains the background to the piece:
Ever since I was a little boy, I loved playing with action figures and spent my weekend mornings watching cartoons on the TV. I have been collecting toys and action figures and anything nostalgic from my childhood until this day.
Every time I take a look at my collectibles I remember my childhood, when I used to play for hours on end without a care in the world.
I wanted to recreate that feeling of carefreeness and nostalgia with the Rocket Coffee Table.
The design is visually playful bringing cartoon-like clouds and aerial rockets from a personal toy collection to life, in the form of a table.
To build the table, Mousarris used several making technologies, including “lathe to 3d printing, resin casting and traditional hand curved pieces.” While he doesn’t provide additional details, I suspect the 3D print portion was the rockets’ smoke trails that make up the legs of the table.
Mousarris likely 3D printed a mould which was then used to cast four identical legs. The rockets themselves appear to be lathed (body) and hand curved (fins).
The 120cm diameter, 43 cm tall table is actually available for purchase from Mousarris’ online store at a cost of €5,000 (USD$5,600).
I’d like to see the rest of the Rocket furniture suite, too!