“And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you” – Friedrich Nietzsche. That’s exactly what designer Christopher Duffy‘s latest creation “Abyss Table” demonstrates. Built with multiple layers of stacked glass and high grade wooden slices, the design is concerned with depth, and creates a geological cross-section as mesmerizing as the sea.
“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.” explains designer Christopher Duffy. “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.” he adds.
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.
Priced at around GBP 8,500, estimating roughly to US $ 14,600, the Abyss Table will be manufactured as a limited edition of 25.