Duffy London’s Abyss Dining Table

“And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you…”

Duffy London made its name by fashioning remarkable designs out of
thin air: the uplifting Up Table, that floats on a host of balloons;
the Flying Carpet table, that hovers mysteriously above ground; the
convivial Swing Table, circled by bobbing suspended chairs; the Shadow
Chair, perfectly poised on two legs. This year, Duffy London is expanding
its popular Abyss range with the introduction of the Abyss Dining Table.

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Like all of Duffy’s designs, the Abyss Dining 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, Plexiglass 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.

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Designer Christopher Duffy explains:

‘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.’

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The Abyss Dining Table is hand made to order in London from
sustainable materials, and limited to an edition of 25.

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