Stumble Upon is a clever combination rug and coffee table concept by Italian designer Alessandro Isola. The folded over corner of the rug serves as a coffee table.

If you look down you may see a crease, a fold or a wrinkle in the carpet for instance. Signifying a movement or activity that happened on the surface of that very floor space. Highlighted as a small furrow, ridge, or crease on a normally smooth surface, caused by crumpling, folding, or shrinking. This usually causes a slight annoyance and is firmly pulled straight. Stumble Upon enhances those folds and curves creating flexibility and contrast.

The fold or the flick of the corner edge momentarily reveals its craftsmanship. Its quality is usually measured by how well it is finished underneath.  This thought has been accentuated and the fold of a corner has been exaggerated to produce a dual surface. Stumble Upon acts as a functional table area, accented with a contrasting material. The fold means it can be configured and tessellate into multi-functional surfaces that suit the moment.  This additional surface is now functional but also gives flexibility and simply curves over to add more contact with the texture of the floor space.

Stumble Upon consists of a single sheet that provides two surfaces at differing levels. For comfort and function the material choice of these two surfaces creates a sharp contrast between the top part of the rug and the underlay. The top gives the sense it has been hand made with beautiful imperfections and the under laying material is a perfectly smooth surface. Usually the back of a rug is not attractive. If it is in fact the back! In this case the folding reveals a back that is probably even more stunning then the front, a polished reflective surface that is curved creates deformed reflections providing an unexpected effect. From a stumble on a rug to an annoying accident that happens constantly, it has become the inspiration for an everyday usable object.

images via Alessandro Isola
via designboom