The Copernicus Coffee Table Takes on Heliocentric Cosmology

 - Oct 17, 2011
References: pacocamus & contemporist
The Copernicus coffee table is inspired by the Renaissance astronomer of the same name. Nicolaus Copernicus was the first person to formulate heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. This table is modeled after the astronomer's vision of the universe, showing that all planets revolve around the sun. The trench in the Copernicus coffee table acts as the the invisible line that these planetary spheres follow.

Conceived by Spanish designer Paco Camús, the Copernicus coffee table is a rather simple interpretation of the famous astronomer's findings. In fact, the small balls basically turn the table into a "giant bearing," as the designer puts it. Fit for an astronomy-lover, this furniture piece has some serious historical bearings.