Inflatable History

Oyodon by Jean Aubert, Jean-Paul Jungmann, and Antoine Stinco

Oyodon by Jean Aubert, Jean-Paul Jungmann, and Antoine Stinco

Light Cave by FriendsWithYou. Image via friendswithyou.com

Light Cave by FriendsWithYou. Image via friendswithyou.com

We're fascinated by the history of the inflatable structure in design. With the discovery and development of thermo-bonding in the 1960s, architects and furniture designers alike experimented with a number of pneumatic applications. As part of the Paris-based UTOPIE group, formed in 1967, architects Jean Aubert, Jean Paul Jungmann, and Antoine Stinco designed entire inflatable cities. Playful and imaginative, we love this vintage project for both its youthful exuberance and super intelligent design. Interested in learning more? Read this article from the Domus archive or get your hands on a copy of The Inflatable Moment: Pneumatics and Protest in '68 by Marc Dessauce. And who's doing awesome work in this medium today? We love FrendsWithYou - check out their awesome Light Cave and other inflatable sculptures.