The Stumble Upon Coffee Table by Alessandro Isola takes two mainstays of the living room—the coffee table and the rug—and combines them into a piece of furniture that is both beautiful and functional. The production of Stumble Upon was no easy task and required experimentation of many different techniques and thicknesses of material, with bending the aluminium by hand eventually emerging as the best process.
Enter any home and you immediately feel the presence of its residents, whether they’re in the room or not. Often the activity of inhabitants can be reflected in small creases, folds and wrinkles of the rug which contract the normally smooth surface. Stumble Upon enhances those folds to the extreme and curves with an innovative and almost artistic flexibility. The fold of a rug’s corner edge is thought to be the sign of true craftsmanship, revealing the finish underneath by which its quality is measured. This concept has been accentuated and the corner flick has been exaggerated to produce a dual surface. In this case the folding reveals an even more stunning exterior, a polished reflective surface whose curved form creates deformed reflections of the surrounding decor. The fold turns back on itself, running parallel with the rug and acting as a functional table area. The rug’s protruding binding serves to protect the user against accidental knocks, and it’s accented colour helps further emphasise the contrast between the two materials. “We are delighted to see Stumble Upon become a reality,” said Alessandro. “We have been working closely with our manufacturer through the production process in order to ensure the finished product would meet the high standards I demand from my work.” Custom manufactured in Italy, the Stumble Upon Coffee Table is made from highly polished galvanised aluminium and thick carpet of the customer’s choice, it can be produced in a variety of sizes to suit the needs of the consumer.
If you look down you may see a crease, a fold or a wrinkle in the carpet for instance. Signifying a movement or activity that happened on the surface of that very floor space. Highlighted as a small furrow, ridge, or crease on a normally smooth surface, caused by crumpling, folding, or shrinking. This usually causes a slight annoyance and is firmly pulled straight. Stumble Upon enhances those folds and curves creating flexibility and contrast.
The fold or the flick of the corner edge momentarily reveals its craftsmanship. Its quality is usually measured by how well it is finished underneath. This thought has been accentuated and the fold of a corner has been exaggerated to produce a dual surface. Stumble Upon acts as a functional table area, accented with a contrasting material. The fold means it can be configured and tessellate into multi-functional surfaces that suit the moment. This additional surface is now functional but also gives flexibility and simply curves over to add more contact with the texture of the floor space. Stumble Upon consists of a single sheet that provides two surfaces at differing levels. For comfort and function the material choice of these two surfaces creates a sharp contrast between the top part of the rug and the underlay. The top gives the sense it has been hand made with beautiful imperfections and the under laying material is a perfectly smooth surface. Usually the back of a rug is not attractive. If it is in fact the back! In this case the folding reveals a back that is probably even more stunning then the front, a polished reflective surface that is curved creates deformed reflections providing an unexpected effect. From a stumble on a rug to an annoying accident that happens constantly, it has become the inspiration for an everyday usable object.