RPR stands for RockPaperRobot, a company that focuses its attention on home décor objects that tell a story of their own, by fusing art and technology. One of their most innovative “creations” is a wooden Rubik’s Cube-like coffee table named the Float Table. Composed of cubic wooden blocks that are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables, the Float Table is not what most of us would call a “regular” table. At a glance, the cubes seem to simply float, defying any principles of physics. Asked about their work, RPR explained: “The Float Table is a matrix of magnetised wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another.
The secret of the “floating cubes” consists in the subtle steel cables that keep each piece close. On a regular basis, the walnut cubes (due to the magnets) would fly away one from another. The table looks rigid and static, but one push onto its cubes is enough to make you understand what’s it all about: “Each handcrafted table is precisely tuned to seem rigid and stable, yet a touch reveals the secret to Float’s dynamic character.” Price for such an item? It definitely doesn’t come cheap: a table made of 27 cubes costs $10,000 and the one composed of 54 cubes has a double price.