Limelight On...Balloons

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by Tara Swiger

Limelight On...Balloons

You might associate balloons with children’s birthday parties, awkward high school dances—or creepy clowns.


Canadian designer Natalie Kruch has given balloons a breath of fresh air—with her playful BALLOONA footstool.

By tying 500 candy-colored balloons onto a solid wood stool, Kruch deftly transforms an all-too-forgettable piece of furniture into a captivating conversation-starter.


Photo Credit :: Umbra

BALLOONA retails for $210 USD at Umbra, and is Kruch’s debut design piece with the award-winning retailer.


But this industrial designer’s love affair with latex doesn’t end there. Her clever balloon frames—which debuted at the Salone del Mobile Internazionale in Milan—can be used to hold notepads, keys, cell phones, and other easy-to-lose bits and pieces.


Inspired to find crafty new uses for balloons?


You can create romantic globe candles, with melted wax and a standard balloon. For minor nicks and cuts (crafting is a dangerous business, after all!) you can use a balloon to waterproof your bandaging. Or take a cue from artist Larry Moss of Airigami, and create your own inflatable haute couture clothing line.


Photo Credit :: Airigami

Note: Vianza does not condone helium inhalation, no matter how funny it might make your voice sound. Tying balloons to your house to see if it’ll float, on the other hand...that could work.


Interviewed by Alexandra Franzen, Featured Contributor & Interview Wrangler. Say howdy on Twitter at @Alex_Franzen, or shoot a note to