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At first glance the line of tables by RockPaperRobot come off as modern and sleek. They’re constructed from evenly spaced rows and columns of black walnut cubes. But upon further inspection, the gaps between the cubes are only spanned by thinnest of steel cables. How is this possible?

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Puzzled, you press down on the tabletop and the whole piece squishes together. You release and all the cubes spring back to attention. Yes, the secret is magnets! All the cubes are held in dynamic tension by magnets embedded in the wood. Every cube repels one another, but they’re held together by the steel cables. They call it the Float Table, and it’s just as functional as it is magical– a celebration of modern design and Newtonian physics.

If you’re in town for Maker Faire New York this month, you’ll be able to check out the Float Table as well as other equally stunning RockPaperRobot creations. Hope to see you there!

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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  1. Very cool concept and extremely creative. I enjoy seeing ingenuity in multiple forms and disciplines. Best of success during the Maker Faire

  2. Obi-Wandreas says:

    Design is the marriage of form and function. The form is gorgeous, and the idea is very fun. A table with gaps all over the place which compresses and wobbles when touched has the approximate utility of a mesh umbrella. And don’t even get me started on what it would take to clean this if a drink were spilled. This is a gorgeous desk toy, but a lousy desk.

    1. alpha-01 says:

      I am thinking along the same lines. I would like to author to elaborate on the “as functional as it is magical” unless he’s saying it appears magical until you understand it just as it appears functional until you try to use it. Probably fine for magazines or books I’m guessing

      1. alpha-01 says:

        “the author” not “to author”. It’s morning and no coffee, shut up…