Christopher Duffy of Duffy London designed the Abyss Table, a conversation piece as much as a functional one. But while the previous works of the studio play with gravity, this new design is concerned with depth, and creates a geological cross-section as mesmerizing as the sea. The project team spent a year developing the table in their London office, experimenting with sculpted glass, Perspex and wood, arranged like a 3-D representation of a geological map, until they recreated something of the hypnotizing abyss that had first captured Duffy’s imagination.
Designer Christopher Duffy poetically explains his vision: “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 deepens. I 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.” The Abyss Table is hand made to order in London from sustainable materials, and limited to an edition of 25. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Duffy London]