A growing number of furniture designs are pulling off a magic act: desks, countertops and even beds that seem to hover in midair. Designers say that removing the blocky base of a piece of furniture—or disguising it with clear materials, clever built-in lighting or wall mounting—can produce a buoyant sense of light and spaciousness. The effect can be striking. “People like the illusion of something levitating,” says Australian designer Talbot Le Page.
Here are five examples of floating furniture pieces that appear lighter than air.