In these oh so trying times, what more can we ask from design than a little but of fun? In this collection from Rui Alves, we get just that and a little more.

The “Fiss Family” is a collection of furniture designed by the Portuguese designer Rui Alves. Alves has creating running in his blood as both his father and grandfather worked with wood. After finishing an Industrial Design course at IADE (Instituto de Artes Visuais, Design e Marketing) in Lisbon, he returned to his hometown of  Paços de Ferreira to set up “My Own Super Studio.” The collection is a range of four different tables, of varying heights and sizes. The tables are finished off in natural wood on the outside, with a fluorescent pop of color on the inside. The same visual elements run through the four designs, rectangular tops with skinny legs sloping straight down from the surfaces, and angular cutouts on the profiles to reveal the insides. What sets them apart from regular tables their light fittings that shine brightly down from inside.  The matching electric cords snake across the floor instead of shying away from view. The contrast between the bright colors and the natural wood finish make these pieces charming, and with the angular cutouts we seem to be a taking a cheeky peak underneath a skirt.

With natural finishes and quirky details, the Fiss Family is just what we need to bring a little fun into our world.