When designer Liz Boscacci wanted to learn how to use a wood lathe, she set herself a lofty goal: to design a “distinctively unique table base.” The result is Float, a coffee table with a mahogany base and a glass top. About three feet in diameter and 13 inches high, Float makes quite a statement due to its unusual structure. While the balls that make up Float’s base look as if they will tumble over at any moment, the table is quite stable.
Float Table. Designed by Liz Boscacci.
Boscacci was inspired “by bubbles underwater floating to the surface”—and this aquatic source is evident. The base of Float is constructed of different sized wooden balls, each representing a bubble. Boscacci shaped every one on the lathe, then finished and pieced the orbs together by hand. Despite her oceanic inspiration, Float resembles other round items—a string of pearls or a bag of marbles waiting to collapse and spill in every direction, rolling under couches and down hallways.
The beautiful grain of the mahogany really shows in the table’s turned spheres. The lines seem to undulate like waves or underwater currents; they remind me of the gentle undulations that sea water etches in sand. The light, seemingly gravity-less state of the pieces in the captivating base of Float pays homage to bubbles quite beautifully.
About the Designer: Liz Boscacci studied industrial design at California College of the Arts. She has experience in furniture, lighting, interior, and retail fixture design, sculpture, visual merchandising, window display, and prop styling. Boscacci designs and creates heirloom-quality furniture and housewares, incorporating industrial design techniques with handcraft and small-scale production.