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I'm Sad That No Kid Will Ever Know What This Coffee Table Really Is

Can you imagine the conversation you would have with a child, hell, a tween, about this coffee table? “You see, son. Before the cloud and usb sticks. Before hard drives and iPhones and Androids. Before the iPod and even before the CD player, there was something called the floppy disk. And it stored 1.44MB. Yeah, I know. You text bigger files than that. But the thing is, people actually used the floppy disk like we use flash drives today!”

Tween: So why would someone make a coffee table that’s a floppy disk? If someone made a usb stick coffee table, I’d think they were dumb. Was the disk actually floppy? What the hell is floppy, anyway?

You: Well there was a real floppy floppy disk before this floppy disk but that’s a different story entirely.

Tween: I don’t get it. Can I play with your iPad?

You: I WILL BUY THIS COFFEE TABLE AND YOU WILL USE IT DAMMIT. *meekly* Or just think of it as a normal coffee table with some silver crap on it.

Tween: How about that iPad?

And scene. The floppy table was made by Berlin art, design and architecture duo Axel van Exel and Marian Neulant of Neulant van Exel. The stainless steel part of the table actually conceals a compartment to put remotes and stuff. Genius! See more of the Floppy Table here. [Floppy Table via Laughing Squid]