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91 Inflation-Inspired Innovations

From Balloon Babes to Helium Balloon Towers

— June 8, 2011 — Art & Design
These balloon finds prove that people can't get enough of those wondrous, round-shaped rubber inflatables. Who knew something as simple as a balloon and be used in so many inventive ways?

Unsurprisingly, the visual appeal of a floating balloon has been used by advertisers to peddle their wares, but balloons have also been used extensively by scientists to carry materials into the atmosphere. You'll also find used balloons being used as furniture material. But my favorite of these balloon finds though has got to be the balloons given away by the Museum of Sex to promote an exhibit on oral sex. Let's just say, as the balloon expands, so too does the pleasure of the illustration on the inflatable ball of joy.
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Ballooning Goodbye Gifts
Ballooning Goodbye Gifts
Lucas Jatoba Donates Theater Tickets to Barcelona Residents via Balloon
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89
Inflated Rehydration Solutions
Inflated Rehydration Solutions
The Measuring Balloon Delivers Simple Drinking Instructions
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88
Sky-High Photography
Sky-High Photography
The BESPIN Photo Project Aims for Low Orbit Earth Exploration
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87
Copyrighted Balloon Critters
Copyrighted Balloon Critters
Jeff Koons Claims Ownership of Iconic Balloon Dog
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86
Ballooning Headphones
Ballooning Headphones
Stephen Ambrose Designs a Pair of Earbuds That Inflate in Your Ears
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85
Helium-Inhaling Monk Campaigns
Helium-Inhaling Monk Campaigns
This Cadbury Monks Commercial is a Joyful Production
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84
Freestyle Airborne Film Directing
Freestyle Airborne Film Directing
The Balloon Project
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83
Helium Lamps
Helium Lamps
Lighten Your Loft (and Your Wallet)
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82
Earth Hour 2008
Earth Hour 2008
Sydney, Australia
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81
Convenient Balloon-Makers
Convenient Balloon-Makers
The Tie-Not Water Balloon Filler Will Make a Splash This Summer
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80
Mesmerizing Light Displays
Mesmerizing Light Displays
The 'DJ Light' Installation will Captivate All Passersby
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79
Tied Balloon Lighting
Tied Balloon Lighting
The Luminaire LED Lamp Looks Ready to Pop
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78
Take a Balloon Ride up to 85,945 Feet
Take a Balloon Ride up to 85,945 Feet
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77
Beer Balloon Advertising
Beer Balloon Advertising
The Beer GPS Rallies Brazilian Crowds to Booze Vendors
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76
Ballooning Heart Necklaces
Ballooning Heart Necklaces
The Aurelie Bidermann Heart Necklace is Inspired by Love
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75
Blow-Up Cover Models
Blow-Up Cover Models
The 10 Men Magazine Winter 2009 Cover is Quirky and Fun
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74
Balloon-Riding Cameras
Balloon-Riding Cameras
'Aerial Capture' Camera by Matthew Clark is Perfect for Snapping Summer Fun
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73
Balloon Tree Lighting
Balloon Tree Lighting
The Infectious Lamp by Julien Bergignat
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72
Floating Faces
Floating Faces
Vlad Nanca Makes Terrifying Black Terrorist Balloons
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71
Balloons as Delivery Drivers' GPS
Balloons as Delivery Drivers' GPS
Pink Flamingo Pizza's Inflatables Help Mark the Spot
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70
WiFi Balloons
WiFi Balloons
Floating Cell Phone Towers
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69
Intergalactic Boom Boxes
Intergalactic Boom Boxes
Space Researchers Puzzled by Strange Extraterrestrial Noise
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68
Flying with Balloons over Brazil
Flying with Balloons over Brazil
Priest's Publicity Stunt Loses Air
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67
Precious People Baubles
Precious People Baubles
The Pearl Person Brooch Brings Whimsy to Wardrobes
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66
Making Every Drop Count
Making Every Drop Count
DROP Shower Head by Giulio Iacchetti
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65
Advertising from Space
Advertising from Space
Toshiba is 'Leading Innovation' by Sending a Chair to Space
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64
Bubbling Balloon Lamps
Bubbling Balloon Lamps
The Babol Lighting Series by deMajo Floats Whimsically
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63
Banana Balloon Ads
Banana Balloon Ads
The 'After Meal' Orbit Gum Ad is Inflated with Fun
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62
Eternal Helium Balloons
Eternal Helium Balloons
Clementine Henrion Lengthens the Life of Party Favors
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61
Glowing LED Balloons
Glowing LED Balloons
Air Quality Balloons Will Keep You Posted on How Clean Your Air is
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60
Balloon Cluster Travellers
Balloon Cluster Travellers
Jonathan Trappe Crosses English Channel by Balloons
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59
Strangled Balloon Lighting
Strangled Balloon Lighting
The Bound Lamps by Andrew O. Hughes Enjoy Asphyxiation
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58
Solar Balloons
Solar Balloons
Sunhope
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57
Ballooning Bridges
Ballooning Bridges
The Tower Bridge Interrupted by Disney-Pixar's 'UP' Film Stunt
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56
Solving the Energy Crisis
Solving the Energy Crisis
10,000 Humongous Foil Balloons
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55
Toy Balloons as Air Travel
Toy Balloons as Air Travel
Getting High with 150 Party Baloons
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54
Air Balloon Condoms
Air Balloon Condoms
Mile High Rubber Endorses Safe Sex
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53
Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon
Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon
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52
Massive Monument Installations
Massive Monument Installations
Anish Kapoor's Cathedral-like Installation in Paris is Incredible
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51
Anatomical Balloon Art
Anatomical Balloon Art
A Second Nature Balloonatomy
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50
New-Age Balloonvertising
New-Age Balloonvertising
Innovative Ways to Use Balloons for Marketing and Promotion
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49
Balloons for Geeks
Balloons for Geeks
Balloon Guy's Art
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48
Helium Balloon Towers
Helium Balloon Towers
'Floating Observatories' is a Floating Taiwanese Tower
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47
Balloon House Homes
Balloon House Homes
Windows Vista Challenges You To “Fun Up Your Home”
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46
Balloon-Filled Celeb Shoots
Balloon-Filled Celeb Shoots
Demi Moore Covers Harper's Bazaar US April 2010
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45
Floating Interactive Architecture
Floating Interactive Architecture
Burble London
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44
Balloon Bed Ads
Balloon Bed Ads
The 'Elements of Well Being' Ads Promotes Westin Hotels Through Relaxation
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43
Inflatable Alphabets
Inflatable Alphabets
Balloon Maniacs Blows Air into Gold Capital Letters
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42
Balloon Cluster Lamps
Balloon Cluster Lamps
Bertjan Pot Creates Lights From Fabric-Covered Balloons
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41
Remote Controlled Helium Fish
Remote Controlled Helium Fish
Air Swimmers are the Coolest Toy You Didn't Know You Needed
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40
Eco Fun Packaging
Eco Fun Packaging
Tofu & Pudding in a Balloon
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39
Rude Balloon Modelling Conference
Rude Balloon Modelling Conference
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38
Illusive Street Art
Illusive Street Art
The New Works of Aakash Nihalani are Color-Intense Illusions
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37
Ballooning Growth of Home Theaters
Ballooning Growth of Home Theaters
5 Wicked Themed Rooms
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36
Family-Friendly Airborne Festivals
Family-Friendly Airborne Festivals
New Mexico's Balloon Fiesta
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35
Bubble LEDs
Bubble LEDs
White Balloons Lamp
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34
Chocolate Bubble Boarding
Chocolate Bubble Boarding
Aero Has Fun With Skateboarding Stunts in Brown Balloons
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33
Giant Gold Balloon Dresses
Giant Gold Balloon Dresses
Maria Kabelis Uses Stilt-Walking Model for Sky-High Fashion Shoot
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32
Untooned 'Up' Houses
Untooned 'Up' Houses
'Up Up and Away' by Niccolo Picazo Imagines What a Real 'Up' House Looks Like
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31
Adorable Muppet Balloons
Adorable Muppet Balloons
Black Cat Balloon Company Inflates Jim Henson's Characters
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30
Sky Lanterns
Sky Lanterns
Paper Hot Air Balloons, add Fire, let Go
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29
Inflatable Food Campaigns
Inflatable Food Campaigns
The ENO Balloon Ads Lighten the Effects of Indigestion
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28
Ballooning Eco-Couches
Ballooning Eco-Couches
The Inflatable Blow Sofa by Agata Kulik and Pawel Pomorski
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27
Color-Focused Fashion Campaigns
Color-Focused Fashion Campaigns
The Susana Monaco Spring 2010 Line Pops Against White
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26
Toughvertising Tiny Cars
Toughvertising Tiny Cars
Smart Car Ad Campaign Uses Fragility to Sell Durability
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25
Ballooning Engagements
Ballooning Engagements
The Up Engagement Photoshoot is Too Cute for Words
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24
Balloon-Based Air Fresheners
Balloon-Based Air Fresheners
'Fresh Blow' Disperses Deodorizers as it Whizzes Around the Room
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Floating Billboards
Floating Billboards
12 Hot Air Balloon Ads
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22
Inflatable Violence
Inflatable Violence
The Balloon Tank
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21
Water Balloon Guns
Water Balloon Guns
Russian Roulette Style Balloon Gun Lets You Practice Safe Suicide
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20
Balloon Sculptures as Art
Balloon Sculptures as Art
Jason Hackenwerth's Captivating Balloons
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19
Fun Floating Furniture
Fun Floating Furniture
The h220430 Balloon Bench is Rising to New Heights
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18
A Light That Floats
A Light That Floats
LED Floating Lamp
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17
Bubbletecture
Bubbletecture
Beijing Architects MAD Create Innovative Home Additions
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16
Inflatable Chimney Pillows
Inflatable Chimney Pillows
Balloons Retrofit Fireplaces to Block Energy-Wasting Drafts
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15
Atomic Bomb Clothes Hooks
Atomic Bomb Clothes Hooks
The Hiroshima Coat Rack is Kept Afloat with a Red Balloon
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14
Balloon-Inspired Accessories
Balloon-Inspired Accessories
Jewelry from Recycled Rubber
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13
Vintage Balloon Fashion
Vintage Balloon Fashion
The Swash SS10 Collection is Romantically Quirky
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12
Recycled Balloon Furniture
Recycled Balloon Furniture
The Balloona Stool
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11
Balloon Bathing Beauties
Balloon Bathing Beauties
The Yours Truly Spring 2011 Lookbook Follows a Daily Routine
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10
Balloon Couture
Balloon Couture
Daisy's Inflatable Dresses
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9
Surreal Ballooning Architecture
Surreal Ballooning Architecture
Floating Olympic Complex Brings the Games to New Heights
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8
Suggestive Balloonvertising
Suggestive Balloonvertising
Museum Of Sex Promotes Oral Sex With Cheeky Inflatables
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Balloon Fashiontography
Balloon Fashiontography
Raven-Haired Model Adina Forizs in Velvet Magazine
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6
Real Floating Houses
Real Floating Houses
National Geographic Brings the 'Up' House to Life
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5
Ballooning Editorials
Ballooning Editorials
‘Magic Of Colours' Shoot Features Balloons & Inflatable Baubles
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4
Guerrilla Street Shadows
Guerrilla Street Shadows
Katie Sokoler's Playful Street Art Project
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3
Explosive Liquid Shoots
Explosive Liquid Shoots
Edward Horsford Popped Water Balloon Photography Makes a Splash
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2
Blow-Up Wedding Gowns
Blow-Up Wedding Gowns
Daisy the Balloon Artist Creates Fancy Inflatable Dresses
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1
Circus-Themed Fashion Photoshoots
Circus-Themed Fashion Photoshoots
The Chicest Show On Earth
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