The following text is excerpted from the introduction of Bubbletecture: Inflatable Architecture and Design (Phaidon, 2019), written by Sharon Francis. This excerpt, which only includes the introduction’s sections on furniture and architecture, has been edited to fit this context and format.
Innovative, revolutionary and often avant-garde, inflatable objects and structures are imbued with political, cultural or social significance. By their very nature, they are an expression of advancement; a reimagining of traditional forms. Influential in aviation for more than two centuries, this deceptively simple technology has in recent decades been at the forefront of architectural movements, enabled cutting-edge artistic practice and has been symbolic of technological utopianism. Bubbletecture is a select compendium of inflatables now. Showcasing more than two hundred works, this book features projects that span the realms of architecture, art, design and fashion from the 1960s through to the present day. While bouncy castles and pool floats might be the populist face of blow-up objects, this book vividly demonstrates that the world of inflatables is far richer.
Courtesy Phaidon – metropolismag.com