This strange object is a wine carafe - made of a drain stopper and what designer Stephen Newby calls "blown metal." Using these soft-looking squares of metal, he builds sculptures, furniture, and fountains.

Recently a science museum in Durham, U.K., commissioned a Newby sculpture in order to provide "a symbol of space and time."

You can see more of Stephen Newby's work on his website.

The Puffy Beauty of Inflated Metal

The Puffy Beauty of Inflated Metal

The Puffy Beauty of Inflated Metal

The Puffy Beauty of Inflated Metal

The Puffy Beauty of Inflated Metal

The Puffy Beauty of Inflated Metal

The Puffy Beauty of Inflated Metal