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50 Examples of Optical Illusion Decor

From Floating Cloud Lamps to Mirrored Library Tunnels

— August 29, 2017 — Art & Design
These examples of optical illusion decor range from floating cloud lamps to 3D floor tiles which boast a perception-altering pattern. Adding a surreal element to any home, public space, or office, optical illusion decor is often interchangeable, and customizable -- boasting more than one unexpected function.

Memorable spaces that feature this aesthetic include Ferruccio Laviani 'reality or illusion' art installation which combines colorful geometric walls with clashing floor and ceiling motifs. The busy pattern tests a user's perception, and is a study of proportion and scale. Additionally, examples like Chinese bookstore Yangzhou Zhongshuge utilize mirrors to not only maximize a space but also to create sculptural elements that are whimsical and otherworldly.

Other examples to note include design-conscious tech accessories like levitating speaker systems which combine function and aesthetics in one versatile product.
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Modular Shelving Mirrors
Modular Shelving Mirrors
The 'Horizon Mirror' Incorporates a Steel Ledge For Added Reflection
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Deceptive Spherical Lights
Deceptive Spherical Lights
Child Studio's 'In the Shadow of a Man' Features Angled Surfaces
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Infinite Ladder Illusions
Infinite Ladder Illusions
Snohetta Designed 'Portal' for the Holy Handmade Exhibition
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Optical Illusion Soy Dishes
Optical Illusion Soy Dishes
These Standard Trays Transform When Sauce is Placed Within Them
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Playful Perforated Room Dividers
Playful Perforated Room Dividers
This Room Divider Works to Liven Up Any Space
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Gradient Storage Furniture
Gradient Storage Furniture
The LIGA Table Series Adds Storage Space to Any Home
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Illusionary Aquatic Marbles
Illusionary Aquatic Marbles
Mathieu Lehanneur Recreates the Look of Water Using Liquid Alabaster
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Floating Sphere Oil Lamps
Floating Sphere Oil Lamps
The Modern Transcend Oil Lamp Creates the Illusion of a Suspended Orb
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Floating Office Walls
Floating Office Walls
Stéphane Malka's Workspace Barriers Offer Mobile Design for Agoratic
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3D-Printed Ceramic Pendants
3D-Printed Ceramic Pendants
The 'two.parts' Lighting Systems Conceal Invisible LED Bulbs
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Illusionary Log Wallpapers
Illusionary Log Wallpapers
This 3D Wooden Log Texturized Wallpaper Provides Multi-Sensory Texture
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Expansive Abstract Carpets
Expansive Abstract Carpets
The 'Visioni' Geometric Rugs by Patricia Urquiola are Modern and Chic
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Illusory Balloon Tables
Illusory Balloon Tables
This Surrealist Dining Room Set Features Floating Balloons Underneath
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Illusory Wire Shelves
Illusory Wire Shelves
The 'Field' Bracket by Dmitry Kozinenko Uses Cables to Hold Objects
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Glass Furniture Lines
Glass Furniture Lines
This Transparent Furniture Collection Embodies Sophisticated Design
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Transparent Side Tables
Transparent Side Tables
These Rosy Tables Were Designed to Look Like Crystal
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Chic Slanted Furniture
Chic Slanted Furniture
Sway Marble Tables by Nendo Looks As Though They're Pushed by the Wind
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Faux-Lace Plastic Pillows
Faux-Lace Plastic Pillows
The 'LACE' Pillow is Soft Like a Pillow While Looking Like Hollow Lace
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Ocean Plastic Dining Tables
Ocean Plastic Dining Tables
The Brodie Neill 'Gyro' Circle Table is Deceptively Crafted from Waste
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Lopsided Kneeling Tables
Lopsided Kneeling Tables
This Unbalanced Table Creates the Illusion of a Living Creature
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Geometrically Shapeshifting Shelving
Geometrically Shapeshifting Shelving
Olafur Eliasson's Green Light Series has a Triangular Pattern
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Illusionary Night Light Lamps
Illusionary Night Light Lamps
The Balloon Lamp Mimics the Aesthetic of a Helium Balloon
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Seaworthy Light Fixtures
Seaworthy Light Fixtures
The Ocean Lamp by Dominik Raskin is Majestically Wavy
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3D Gradient Rugs
3D Gradient Rugs
This Three-Dimensional 'Carpet Sign' Collection Was Designed by Karim Rashid
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Illusionary Framed Sofas
Illusionary Framed Sofas
The Ixorb Furniture Explores Perception and Perspective With Wire Design
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Deceptive Concrete Sofas
Deceptive Concrete Sofas
Four Eight Eight's Concrete Sofa Perfectly Mimics Leather Upholstery
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Suspended Cable Illuminators
Suspended Cable Illuminators
The '3S9T' Art Lamp Refracts Light Through Tensile Cables
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Optical Illusion Furniture
Optical Illusion Furniture
'The Parallel Universe' Collection Was Designed Using Opposing Lines
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Ballerina-Inspired Coffee Tables
Ballerina-Inspired Coffee Tables
Muoto2's Ballet Coffee Tables Have Dancers' Feet
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Illusionary Modern Calendars
Illusionary Modern Calendars
The Anamorphic Calendar Creates an Obscure Design for Date-Keeping
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Etched Illusionary Wooden Calendars
Etched Illusionary Wooden Calendars
The Dodecal Block Calendar Displays the Date Contemporarily
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Multi-Colored Paper Installations
Multi-Colored Paper Installations
This Piece of Art Depicts Life in Crowded Cities
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Colored Resin Tables
Colored Resin Tables
Andy Martin's 'Blocks Tables' Distort Viewers' Perspectives
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Transparent Botanical Prints
Transparent Botanical Prints
These Photographs Give the Illusion of a Leaf Suspended in the Air
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Illusive 3D Flooring Patterns
Illusive 3D Flooring Patterns
Atrafloor's Geometric Line Consists of Abstract Cubist Patterns
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Aquarium Fern Cubes
Aquarium Fern Cubes
Haruka Misawa's Fish Tank Features Plants Growing Inside a Circular Dome
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Floating Floral Window Vases
Floating Floral Window Vases
The Kaki Flower Vase Creates the Illusion of Floating Florals
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Transforming Flatpack Chairs
Transforming Flatpack Chairs
The De-Dimension Folding Chairs Transform into Hangable 2D Artwork
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Mirrored Library Tunnels
Mirrored Library Tunnels
This Chinese Bookstore Was Designed with a Focus on Symmetry
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Water-Inspired Seating
Water-Inspired Seating
The 'Caustics' Chair Furniture Piece is Inspired by Refractive Light
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Meditative Gradient Clocks
Meditative Gradient Clocks
This Artistic Clock Was Designed to Allow Reflection on the Big Picture
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Floating Magnetic Seating Solutions
Floating Magnetic Seating Solutions
The Torso Magnetic Chair Seats Provide Suspension for Sitters
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Cube-Shaped Bookcases
Cube-Shaped Bookcases
This Bookcase Was Inspired by a Well-Known Puzzle
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Optical Illusion Wine Racks
Optical Illusion Wine Racks
The Harlequin Illusions 'Pinetti' Wine Bottle Rack Plays with Optics
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Deceptively Lightweight Concrete Furniture
Deceptively Lightweight Concrete Furniture
This Hocker Heinrich Concrete Stool is a Lighter Option
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Geometric Art Installations
Geometric Art Installations
Ferruccio Laviani Explores The Link Between Scale and Proportion
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Floating Thunder Cloud Lamps
Floating Thunder Cloud Lamps
The Floating Lamp Magnetically Hovers from Its Base
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Gradient Wood Flooring Designs
Gradient Wood Flooring Designs
The DIESEL LIVING x BERTI 'Shadow' Flooring is Intentionally Faded
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Reflective Bathroom Sinks
Reflective Bathroom Sinks
This Floating Sink Reflects Patterns onto Its Surroundings
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Levitating Cloud Speaker Lights
Levitating Cloud Speaker Lights
'Making Weather' Plays Music and Creates a Natural Light Show
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