21 Entrancing Examples Of Tension Furniture Forged By Physics

We’ve become accustomed to a world where furniture is always in our peripheral view, but the work of designer and woodworker Robby Cuthbert puts everyday furnishings at center stage.

Cuthbert crafted this ethos while in college. There, his interest in cross-country skiing and the way the body works eventually yielded a series of sculptures that examined the inner mechanics of human muscle. “[My art professor and I] ended up talking about how muscles work and how you might express that idea with a sculpture,” Cuthbert said.

“I ended up finding some steel cable laying around the studio and decided to try and wire a couple of pieces of curved wood together,” the designer said. “The idea was that the two pieces of wood, though never touching, would work to support each other through the counteracting forces provided by the cables.”

From this, Cuthbert developed the idea for tension furniture, which would be free from the traditional methods of adhesion. Instead, his designs rely solely on opposing forces of tension to achieve a surprising stability and sturdiness. The aesthetic and functional results are a fascinating juxtaposition of form and physics:

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Suspension Shelf 2

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf 3

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf

Chair 2

Tension Chair

Chair

Tension Chair

Chair 3

Tension Chair

Wine Rack 2

Balance Wine Rack

Wine Rack

Balance Wine Rack

Coffee Table

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table 2

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table 3

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table Tension

Contour Coffee Table

Countor Lamp Tension Furniture

Contour Lamp

End Table

Balance End Table

End Table Suspended Tension Furniture

Balance End Table

Patio Chair

Patio Chair

Patio Chair 2

Patio Chair

Peering Lamp

Peering Lamp

Peering Lamp Suspension Furniture

Peering Lamp

Table Lamp

Table Lamp

Table Lamp 2

Table Lamp

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What We Loved This Week, Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

Vintage celebrity selfies, opulent wigs made of paper, the most astounding eyes in all of nature, the world’s most ingeniously bizarre ads, and cool photos of ’60s mods.

Kennedy Selfie

From left: Ethel, Jacqueline, and John F. Kennedy. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Celebrity Selfies Taken Long Before The Word Was Even Invented

Astronauts Selfie

Apollo astronauts, early 1970s. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Sure, the word “selfie” is only about 15 years old, and mobile phones with cameras are only about the same age. But, if you think we haven’t been taking self-portraits for far, far longer than that, you’re dead wrong. And by “we,” I also mean the rich, famous, and powerful. Sure, rock stars and politicians of decades past couldn’t share their selfies on Instagram or Facebook, but that doesn’t mean, with a little digging, you can’t find some truly iconic, vintage self-portraits. See more at Vintage Everyday.

Stevie Nicks Selfie

Stevie Nicks. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

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Photo Of The Day: The Date Beer Changed Forever

First Canned Beer

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There’s a high chance that the last beer you drank came out of a can. Over 50% of non-draught beer in America is sold in cans (and that number has risen in recent years). But prior to January 24, 1935, a can wouldn’t have even been an option.

The American Can Company started toying with the idea of canned beer back in 1909. Their major problem was that the cans just couldn’t hold up to the 30-80 pounds-per-square inch of carbonated pressure found in bottled beer. And then Prohibition hit in 1919, eliminating any potential market even if the company could figure out their problem.

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What We Loved This Week, Jan. 10 – 16

A giant treehouse colony, exotic animals kept as pets, one-of-a-kind underwater creatures, vintage winter photography, and surreal animal camouflage.

Jellyfish

Cyanea capillata. Image Source: The Washington Post/Alexander Semenov

Dive Into The Deep Sea With Alexander Semenov’s Gorgeous Underwater Photography

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Clione limacina , or Sea Angel. Image Source: The Washington Post/Alexander Semenov

While many photographers are content to capture terrestrial subjects, Alexander Semenov dives into the oceans’ depths for his photos. Semenov, head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station, regularly takes to the water to capture marine life in digital form–big or small, colorful or opaque, Semenov is interested in it all. And it’s not just for aesthetics’ sake: said Semenov to the Washington Post, “My own goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology.”

Giant Pacific Octopus

Giant Pacific Octopus Image Source: The Washington Post/Alexander Semenov

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