More than 500 pink, orange, yellow, red, green, and purple balloons are wrapped, twisted and tied by hand to a solid wood stool to make Balloona.
Kruch tried and rejected raffia, leather, different types of fabric, and even elastic bands before hitting on balloons. The strength of their colors and the use of this festive material equally contribute to the chair’s effect.
And what at first glance appears to be random is in fact a strategic mix of colors evoking a joyful response.
Natalie Kruch was a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Alberta when she designed the Balloona stool as part of a class assignment. After graduating in 2007 Natalie brought her prototype to the Toronto Interior Design Show, where it caught the eye of the manufacturer Umbra. The stool is now part of the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2012 Kruch enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at Rhode Island School of Design.