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Article: Crafting Light and Shadow: The Miniforms Soda Table

Miniforms Soda Table

Crafting Light and Shadow: The Miniforms Soda Table

The Iconic Soda Table and the Art of Glassblowing

In the world of contemporary furniture design, where innovation and creativity often take center stage, the Miniforms Soda Table emerges as a masterpiece that seamlessly marries tradition with modernity. A collaborative effort between the Italian furniture company Miniforms and the visionary Greek designer Yiannis Ghikas, the Soda table collection is an artistic marvel that redefines the boundaries of what a coffee table can be. These sculptural coffee tables, hand-blown from Murano glass, beckon us to explore the interplay of light and shadow in the most mesmerizing way.

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The Soda Table in Petrol Green, Amber, Blue Grey and Amethyst

The Soda coffee table is a testament to the power of collaboration between brilliant minds in design and craftsmanship. These exquisite coffee tables are offered in multiple sizes and four enchanting colors: the bold amber and the elegant petrol green, plus the newer inspiring blue-grey and unique amethyst. However, what truly sets them apart is the material they are crafted from - hand-blown Murano glass, renowned for its unparalleled beauty and quality.

How are the Soda coffee tables made?

The Soda coffee tables are a remarkable feat of glass craftsmanship. They are meticulously crafted upside-down, each piece weighing around 20 kilograms. Three master glassmakers from the famed Murano island undertake the intricate process of blowing, drawing, and shaping the glass. According to designer Yiannis Ghikas, this exceptional creation was born from the realization that handling an object of this size and kind requires a level of expertise possessed by only a select few artisans in Murano.


So, what makes the Miniforms Soda Table so unique?

They have become a symbol of art.

These tables are designed to be more than just furniture; they are works of art that engage with the observer's perspective. When viewed from specific angles, the tables create fascinating darker sections as the layers of glass overlap. This ingenious use of glass's transparency allows the tables to interact with light and shadow, resulting in ever-changing shapes. It's a mesmerizing optical illusion that adds a dynamic element to any living space. Behind their mesmerizing appearance, the Soda coffee tables conceal the mastery of highly skilled Murano glassmaking maestros. The process involves a meticulous adjustment of a complex system of burners to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the mold, ensuring a smooth yet textured surface. Three artisans must collaborate simultaneously to add the finishing touches, as the glass blowing process is inherently unpredictable. As a result, each table boasts a unique tactile and primitive surface, making it a functional work of art.


What inspired the creation of the Soda coffee tables?

The design philosophy behind the Soda coffee tables reflects Miniforms' brand identity: iconic, simple, colorful, and even a bit funky. These tables exemplify Miniforms' approach to design by seamlessly blending traditional elements, such as working with Murano glass, with contemporary aesthetics. As the saying goes, "It's okay to look at the past, just don't stare." The Soda coffee tables epitomize this ethos, offering a modern twist on a timeless material.

Source: Miniforms Official Website

Miniforms Soda Table

The Miniforms Soda table is not just a piece of furniture but a symphony of craftsmanship and innovation. It captivates with its ability to play with light and shadow, offers a tactile experience, and seamlessly blends the traditional with the contemporary. It's a testament to the enduring allure of Murano glass and the boundless creativity that emerges when visionary designers and master craftsmen collaborate. With the Soda coffee tables, you're not just adding furniture to your home; you're inviting a masterpiece into your living space.


All about Murano Glassblowing

The art of Murano glass blowing is a mesmerizing spectacle that has been perfected over centuries. Skilled artisans start by gathering a molten glass blob at the end of a blowpipe. With focused precision, they shape and manipulate the glass, often adding vibrant colors to create intricate patterns. The glassblower then blows air into the pipe, causing the glass to expand and take on its desired form. The intense heat is essential for maintaining the glass's malleability. Once the piece is complete, it undergoes an annealing process, slowly cooling to room temperature to ensure its durability. This ancient craft, rooted in Murano, Italy, continues to produce stunning works of art, from delicate glass figurines to exquisite chandeliers, captivating the world with its timeless beauty and craftsmanship.

These remarkable tables are in stock and ready to ship. Don't miss the opportunity to bring the artistry of the Miniforms Soda table into your home.

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4 Key Ways to Spot Authentic Murano Blown Glass

  1. The Murano Mark:

    • Look for a signature mark, sticker, or label that certifies the glass as "Murano" or "Made in Murano." 
  2. Vibrant and Unique Colors:

    • Murano glass is renowned for its vibrant, bold, and unique colors. If the glass piece features intricate and rich color patterns, it's more likely to be Murano glass.

  3. Quality of Craftsmanship:

    • Authentic Murano glass is hand-blown by skilled artisans who take great pride in their work. The quality of craftsmanship is evident in the piece's design and finish.

  4. Fused Glass Rods:

    • Inspect the piece for fused glass rods used to create intricate patterns. These rods are a hallmark of Murano glass and are less common in regular glass.

These top 4 indicators are useful for identifying authentic Murano blown glass and can help you make informed purchases.



Designer of the Soda Table Yiannis Ghikas

Yiannis Ghikas, the Greek designer, is known for his intriguing approach to design. He finds inspiration in the unexpected, often drawing from everyday life and elements of pop culture. His work showcases a playful and whimsical side, where ordinary objects transform into extraordinary creations. Ghikas has gained acclaim for his ability to blur the lines between art and design, and his creations have been exhibited in prestigious venues worldwide. His innovative designs reflect a distinct ability to capture the essence of the modern world while infusing it with a touch of imaginative charm.

 Yiannis Ghikas soda table


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What maintenance is required for the Soda coffee tables?
    The Soda coffee tables are relatively low-maintenance. Regular dusting with a soft, dry cloth is recommended to keep them looking their best. Avoid abrasive cleaners or materials that may scratch the glass surface.

  2. Can the Soda tables be used outdoors?
    These tables are best suited for indoor use due to their glass construction. Exposure to the elements may compromise their integrity and beauty.

  3. Can the Soda coffee tables support heavy objects?
    While the Soda tables are sturdy and well-crafted, they are primarily designed for decorative and light utility purposes. It's advisable to avoid placing extremely heavy objects or using them as a seating surface to ensure their longevity.

  4. Can I use the Soda coffee tables in a home with children or pets?
    Yes, you can incorporate the Soda tables into a home with children or pets. However, exercise caution to prevent accidental collisions or rough play that could damage the delicate glass surface. You may also want to consider the placement of these tables to minimize potential accidents.

  5. What is the expected lifespan of the Soda coffee tables? 
    When properly used and cared for. With proper maintenance and gentle use, these tables can last for many years, serving as a timeless piece of functional art.

  6. Do the tables come with assembly instructions or require professional setup? 
    Modern Loft delivers the Soda tables fully assembled and ready for use. You won't need to worry about assembly. 

  7. What is the price of the Miniforms Soda table? 
    You can check out the Miniforms Soda table price on our store. Please note that the price is subject to increases. Be cautious of lower-priced options, as they may not be genuine Miniforms products.

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