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Cartoony Tree-Inspired Tables

Baobab by Ionna Vautrin Branches into Surfaces for Separate Purposes

— October 4, 2012 — Art & Design
A designer can have a great deal of fun with a simple table. Baobab by Ionna Vautrin is proof that you can do more with such an object than plainly providing a single level surface.

Inspired by the fat-trunked tree with stubby branches, this pair of side tables has an aesthetic whimsicality about it. This is evident in the way that the intent of biomimicry was abstracted with quite the creative license. Only the very short bases of the furnishings remain wide before they offshoot into two or three narrow pillars that rise perfectly vertically.

In one model, both of the boughs open up into oblong tray-like tops -- a feature that can be found on one shaft in the second version of the Baobab by Ionna Vautrin. This latter model includes a pair of eye-level mirrors that fan out like broad leaves.
Trend Themes
1. Cartoony Furniture - Designers can explore playful and whimsical aesthetics when creating furniture pieces with cartoon-inspired features.
2. Biomimicry-inspired Designs - Utilizing nature as a design inspiration opens up opportunities for creating unique and abstract furniture pieces based on organic forms.
3. Multi-functional Tables - Designing tables that serve multiple purposes, such as incorporating tray-like tops or integrated mirrors, adds versatility to furniture.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Design - Furniture designers can embrace the trend of creating cartoony and biomimicry-inspired designs to attract customers looking for unique and playful pieces.
2. Home Decor - The home decor industry can incorporate multi-functional tables with unique designs into their product offerings to provide customers with functional and aesthetically pleasing options.
3. Interior Design - Interior designers can leverage cartoony and biomimicry-inspired furniture to create visually interesting and whimsical spaces for clients.
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