Extraordinary Table Design Reveals Undersea Scene

  • “We are always pushing the boundaries far beyond where they have been before.” —Christopher Duffy, lead designer and founder, Duffy London
  • The Abyss glass-topped dining table.
  • The Abyss glass-topped dining table.
  • The Abyss glass-topped dining table.

Duffy London brings depth to the Abyss.

With his 6-foot-long, 3-foot-wide glass-topped dining table, furniture designer Christopher Duffy depicts varying levels of the seafloor. The Abyss ($41,000, duffylondon.com), Duffy says, pays tribute to a corner of the Caribbean, though he refrains from divulging the exact place. “I appreciate the impact of where two realities meet,” he offers: “land and sky, sea and land.”

Limited to 25 examples, the Abyss table requires three to four months to produce and is executed by five artisans in East London, where the designer founded his business in 2002. They use precision machinery to shape each slice of birch plywood, then position the pieces of wood by hand before placing small LED lights within the strata, adding layers of tinted blue glass, and setting the full assembly atop its substantial rectangular support.

“I love how the wooden top interacts with the metal base,” says Duffy. “It’s as if [the tabletop] is organically growing out of it and eating it away—like nature is taking back a city in a postapocalyptic world.” With the Abyss, however, clients can have nature their way: Upon request, Duffy will customize the piece to represent nearly any part of the ocean floor.  

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