"AND WHEN YOU GAZE LONG INTO AN ABYSS, THE ABYSS ALSO GAZES INTO YOU.”
Today is (there's not a cats chance in hell you can afford it) Tuesday.
But that shouldn't stop us looking at lovely things, so behold the wonder of The Abyss Table from Duffy of London.
With multiple layers of stacked glass and wooden slices, duffy london has built ‘the abyss table’, replicating the dramatic depths of an indigo ocean. the design creates a geological cross-section of the sea, completing the table as a 3-dimensional model of a geological map.
‘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.’designer Christopher duffy describes ‘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.‘
I wish I could have such an ornament in my house, but this table costs £15,800.
However it would make a very very impressive place to rest your teacup...
Like all of Duffy’s designs, the Abyss Table is as much a conversation piece as it is 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. You can't stop gazing at it...
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.