Balloon Chair by h220430 appears
to float above the ground

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Balloon Chair by h220430

Milan 2014: Japanese studio h220430 has created a chair that looks like it is held in mid-air by balloons, which will go on show at Ventura Lambrate in Milan on Tuesday.

Balloon Chair by h220430

A follow-up to the Balloon Bench designed by h220430 in 2011, the Balloon Chair appears to by suspended beneath ten helium balloons.

The chair aims to recreate the feeling that Pascal, the protagonist of 1950s film Le Ballon Rouge, has when a cluster of balloons carried him over Paris, rescuing him from a group of bullies.

Balloon Chair by h220430

Whereas the bench was suspended from four anchor points in a ceiling to maintain the illusion of flight, the chair fixes to a wall.

The leather-covered seat is made from fibre-reinforced plastic, steel and urethane, while the balloons are made from fibre-reinforced plastic and cord, meaning they cannot be deflated.

The designers will be showing the Balloon Chair at Ventura Lambrate from 8 to 12 April, during Milan's design week.