This mind-blowing coffee table was meticulously handcrafted with dozens of wooden strips.

Many nature-inspired design ideas often take cues from natural materials, forms, sensations and even animals and plants. All of these exist on our planet, often accessible to our senses. Of course, there is beauty outside of our planet, sometimes on a much larger scale. Still, these inspirations are harder to observe with the naked eye, especially when they don’t exist. However, human creativity and imagination have sometimes given shape to these abstract concepts and theories, and a carpenter has traveled a long and arduous journey to give such an idea a more physical form, and the result is a piece of furniture that is just as striking as it sounds. as big as the scientific concept behind it.

Designer: Olivier Gomis

A wormhole, sometimes more technically called the “Einstein-Rosen Bridge”, is a hypothetical structure that no one has been able to confirm that it exists. This has not stopped scientists, mathematicians, and especially writers from thinking seriously. Wormholes, which can hypothetically connect two different points in space-time through a tunnel, have been one of science fiction’s favorite narrative tools. Despite its hypothetical existence, wormholes also have a hypothetical form that this wooden coffee table is actually trying to create.

The shape of a table is already quite eye-catching on its own. It is almost like a wooden plank bent at both ends and then joined by a double cone. It would have been possible to create such a form with simple methods, including wood bending and carving, but the creator of this table did not take the easy way out. Dozens of air-dried walnut strips had to be cut and made to create a grid of lines that covered the entire surface of the table. These are then glued together with layers of maple veneer between them, giving the appearance of faint lines of light that make up the grid.

With almost the same mathematical precision as the wormhole foundations, these strips of wood are sometimes cut at an angle and joined together to create a curved shape. A lot of processing was also included to split the blocky sides into smooth curves. Suffice it to say that there is great patience in a process with little room for mistakes.

To really bring this sci-fi atmosphere to life, a lamp was placed in the middle of the hole, giving the table an eerie look in the dark. The result is a nice homage to something that might not exist, but you’ll probably want to keep some things out of the downward curve of the tableau. Fortunately, things that fall into that hole won’t disappear and reappear elsewhere, but you risk damaging that glass-encased lamp if you manage to spill something inside.

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