The Abyss Table by Duffy London

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Christopher Duffy, founder of East-London design studio Duffy London, is back looking to the depths of the ocean with the Abyss table. 

The latest conceptual design from artist Christopher Duff of Duffy London is the Abyss Table. The table uses multiple layers of acrylic glass known as Perspex carefully arranged among wood layers to provide an as accurrate as possible depiction of the ocean depths. Like all of Christopher Duff’s designs, the Abyss Table is a conversation piece as much as a functional one. But while previous works play with gravity, this new design is concerned with depth, and creates a geological cross-section as mesmerising as the sea. The design team spent a year developing the table in their London studio, experimenting with sculpted glass, Perspex and wood, arranged like a 3-D representation of a geological map, until they re-created something of the mesmeric abyss that had first captured Duffy’s imagination. Boasting strong eco-credentials, everything is handmade by skilled craftspeople in the UK.

I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers – the same way the sea does as it deepen anI wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament“, says the designer.

The Abyss coffee table is limited to 25 editions.


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