May 3, 2010

Pratt Show 2010: Max Diamond

Moving Coffee Table. from Max Diamond on Vimeo.

How can a table be fun and interactive, yet still purposeful?  Pratt Institute senior Max Diamond has ventured beyond the hard confines of the traditional coffee table to create a playful, moving tabletop.

Inspired to experiment with balloons, water and fans, Max has captured a wave-like sensation by breaking the surface of the table into smaller squares, which tilt just enough so as not to knock over anything sitting on the table.  The result is as mesmerizing as waterbeds were in the 1970s, and it's fascinating to see the same kind of fluid movement brought to a hard, wooden coffee table.  

Take a look at the video and see just how this amusing piece of prototypical furniture works!

Check out more cutting-edge work from Pratt’s 2010 graduating seniors in all areas of design at this year’s Pratt Show. VIP champagne Reception for Industry Professionals: May 11, 6 to 9 pm. For tickets and more information visit

The Pratt Show
May 11 – May 14
311 West 34 Street
New York, New York

Public Show Hours:
Tuesday, May 11- 9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, May 12- 9 am to 9 pm
Thursday, May 13- 9 am to 9 pm
Friday, May 14- 9 am to 1 pm

Posted by: Annie Ericsson

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