The new Splash coffee table, part of designer Edward Johnson's Ripples Collection, is captivating at first sight. The partial sphere made of smooth, light blue bird's-eye maple is immediately attractive, and its rippled surface is all the more fascinating. However, after a moment's thought, it becomes clear that the coffee table is far from practical. Indeed, Johnson designed it as a playful comment on designers putting form over function.
To be sure, Johnson's Ripple Collection is all about functionality. Though the Splash table isn't function on its own, it's being sold with an optional glass top that will ride on the crests of the waves, allowing for a flat surface instead of the rolling troughs that make up the pure design.