Topographic Tables: 12 Terrain-Inspired Furniture Designs

The Abyss by Duffy London

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Noting that staggered layers of glass sheets produce the effect of gazing down into the sea, designer Christopher Duffy of Duffy London envisioned an oceanic topography that steps from shallow sandy seashore into a deep blue abyss.

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“I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed,” he says. “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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Duffy’s design team spent a year experimenting in their London studio with sculpted glass, Perspex and wood arranged in a 3D representation of a geological map.

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The outer edges of the wood are sculpted as well, making the table truly feel as if it were cut from the earth and miniaturized for the viewer’s pleasure.