Monday, July 11, 2011


photo by Ikunori Yamamoto

This amazing balloon bench was designed by Satoshi Itasaka from h220430 studio. What's great about this bench is that it looks so real, like it's floating away. Of course, this is actually an illusion as the balloons are plastic and have to be bolted to the ceiling. Satoshi found inspiration for this design in a french movie called "Le ballon rouge" from 1956.

Le ballon rouge is a movie about a friendship between a boy and a balloon which follows him around . It has beautiful, dreamy-like atmosphere and watching it is an emotionally moving experience so if you haven't seen this classic, you need to watch it.

Another balloonish thing which looks like it's being lifted by the balloons is this replica house from Pixar's movie Up built by a team from National Geographic. Only this is not an illusion. This house really does float aided by the help of 300 huge helium-filled balloons. All this was an experiment made by a group of scientists, engineers, world-class balloon pilots and thousands of volunteers who managed to get the small house into the air just like in Pixar's movie Up.

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