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Flipped World Wonders Tables

The Studio Job Taj Mahal Lets You Bring Home the Masterpiece

— June 28, 2012 — Art & Design
The Studio Job Taj Mahal table flips one of the world’s wonders on its head. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, and has served not only as a breathtaking white marble mausoleum, but as an incredibly popular tourist attraction. The Antwerp-headquartered design firm Studio Job took the architectural masterpiece and transformed it for the London’s Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

The firm, however, chose to revise the building by turning it on its head and presenting the ying to the Taj Mahal’s yang. By keeping the same architectural principles that built the Taj Mah al are used in this table, the company used the benefits of the dome shape as an effective way to spread the weight of the table. Structurally the same as its much larger predecessor, the façade of the table uses a black bronze instead of the classic white marble.

For, a price of €36,000, you can own one of eight limited edition tables.

Trend Themes
1. Upside-down Furniture - The trend of flipping iconic structures on their heads has led to an opportunity for designers to create unique, functional furniture pieces.
2. Architectural Nostalgia - Designs that take inspiration from famous architectural landmarks have the potential to appeal to customers looking for statement or bespoke pieces.
3. Sculptural Furniture - Furniture that uses architectural principles to create sculptural pieces that blur the line between art and function has seen a surge in interest.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Design - Furniture designers can leverage the trend of turning iconic structures on their heads to create unique, functional pieces that appeal to consumers.
2. Luxury Home Goods - Luxury home goods companies can tap into the trend of architectural nostalgia, creating bespoke pieces for customers who appreciate high-end, statement furniture.
3. Fine Art & Sculpture - The trend of sculptural furniture opens up opportunities for artists and sculptors to create functional pieces that blur the line between art and furniture design.
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